Duties Description The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation is seeking two Invasive Species Technicians to work in the Taconic Region (Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester counties). The technicians will work closely with the Regional Stewardship Specialist, Lead Regional Stewardship Technician, and Statewide Invasive Species Unit staff to meet regional and statewide stewardship goals.
The work will focus largely on supporting projects that involve the protection of rare, threatened and endangered species and natural communities on park lands and Historic Sites throughout the region. Job duties will primarily involve the surveying, management, and monitoring of invasive species (both terrestrial and aquatic), but may also include: site restoration and monitoring, database management, project planning, and education/outreach, as well as other duties to be determined at the discretion of regional staff.
The employee will:
-Support regional Stewardship staff in planning projects to meet regional goals.
-Survey, remove, and/or monitor invasive species (aquatic and terrestrial plants, forest pest/pathogens).
-Provide guidance and support to field staff and volunteers (ECC, SCA, partners, etc.).
-Collect and manage field data using standardized methods (Survey123, ArcGIS Field Maps, GPS, GIS).
-Maintain up-to-date project information and reports in statewide databases (DESP, AGOL, iMap).
-Respond promptly to statewide Early Detection/Rapid Response needs.
-Organize and participate in education and outreach events.
-Conduct trainings for regional staff (Best Management Practices, iMap Invasives, etc.).
-Perform native plantings/other restoration duties.
Additional Comments OPERATIONAL NEEDS:
? A degree or experience in forestry, environmental studies, ecology, natural resources management, or a relevant discipline, such as aquatic ecology, conservation biology, etc.
? Excellent organizational skills in a field setting.
? A working knowledge of GPS/GIS and ecological monitoring methods.
? Ability to maintain a positive attitude while performing light to heavy physical labor in a variety of field conditions and demonstrating safe working practices.
? Strong interest in and commitment to environmental stewardship and team-oriented approach to solving environmental challenges.
? Ability to communicate in writing and to read and comprehend written material.
? Must be able to communicate effectively with other staff and park patrons and professionally represent the NYS OPRHP.
? The incumbent must be available to work a variable schedule, including evenings, weekends and holidays as needed.
? Must possess a valid US Driver’s License as a term and condition of employment.
? One year or more experience with invasive species identification and control methods.
? Experience creating and editing maps and shapefiles using ArcGIS.
? Experience collecting data using Survey123 and ArcCollector or ArcGIS Field Maps.
? Backcountry orienteering and Leave No Trace experience a plus.
? First Aid/CPR certification.
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.
Notes on ApplyingIt is the responsibility of each applicant to accurately describe their experience and demonstrate that they meet the minimum qualifications and agency operating needs.
If you are interested in being considered for this vacancy, please email your resume, cover letter, 3 professional references, and a completed Part 1 Pre-employment Application to Rebecca.Ferry@parks.ny.gov.
Applicants should title their email LastName_Invasive Species Technician Application.
If you have any questions concerning the position, please contact Rebecca Ferry at 845-235-5524. All qualified persons are invited and encouraged to apply.
Part 1 Pre-employment Application can be found at https://parks.ny.gov/documents/employment/FillableUpdatedParksEmployeeApplicationS1000Part1Taconic.pdf
*Other invasive species positions may be available. Please visit https://statejobs.ny.gov/ to view.