Minimum Qualifications • Two years of full-time verifiable experience in custodial, grounds, or maintenance operation or assisting in journey-level trade.
• Must possess a valid New York State driver’s license.
• Must be physically able to perform the duties assigned.
Preference will be given to candidates with supervisory experience as well as experience working with invasive species, including control techniques and identification skills. Knowledge of GPS and GIS is preferred.
The ideal candidate will have Game of Logging Levels 1 & 2 or equivalent and be a NY State Certified Category 3A or Category 2 Pesticide Technician/Applicator.
Duties Description DEC Division of Lands & Forests, Forest Health, has statewide invasive species control programs for giant hogweed, kudzu, southern pine beetle, hemlock wooly adelgid and other target species. This position will move between control programs based on the seasonality of treatment for each species.
Current position is available in East Aurora. The position’s duties involve supervising a crew of seasonal giant hogweed staff and implementing fieldwork throughout NY on both public and private lands; mapping infestations, collecting site information, surveying for plants and implementing control of giant hogweed, kudzu, southern pine beetle, hemlock wooly adelgid and other target species. The strike team supervisor will be expected to create a safe, positive and effective team of seasonal staff. Some invasive species management will involve 2-week assignments throughout the state. Appropriate safety equipment and safety training will be provided at the outset of employment.
• Supervise up to six hogweed staff based out of Knox Farm State Park. Organize weekly crew plans, ensure accurate data collection and use of safe and effective control methods. Train staff on giant hogweed protocols and associated program technology as needed. Responsible for maintaining high team morale, ensuring assigned work is completed in a safe and professional manner, and working hard alongside crew members. Provide reports to program manager and assist with overall program tasks as needed. Contact property owners to obtain permission to enter property for survey and/or control.
• Locate specific control sites using maps and GIS products.
• Implement manual and chemical control of giant hogweed, kudzu, hemlock wooly adelgid and other target plants, insects or diseases. Pesticide will be applied under the supervision of a certified commercial pesticide applicator using an appropriate backpack or hand-held sprayer and nozzle to minimize non-target effects, according to the product label and manufacturer’s safety instructions. All necessary equipment will be provided. Landowners will be notified prior to pesticide application and provided with a copy of the pesticide label.
• Use equipment such as a compact tracked loader or a tracked aerial lift and power tools such as chainsaws or brush saws access and treat southern pine beetle and other target species.
• Conduct field surveys with the use of a hand-held GPS and mobile mapping unit and plot target species location polygons and records on digital maps.
• Acquire and inventory digital photographs of specific control sites to monitor yearly progress.
• Maintain detailed records of the control activities and site information for each site.
• Create and lead in-person and online giant hogweed outreach programs for landowners and the public.
• Assist with forest health surveys in Western NY.
Additional Comments Must have a valid driver’s license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position. Travel May be required.
This temporary position is currently funded through 3/31/23, with a possibility of continuing beyond that date. Program needs will determine actual termination date, which may be prior to termination date indicated. Actual work schedule and hours may vary and will be discussed at the interview.
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