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Invasive Species Strike Team Specialist

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

New Paltz ,  New York

Title: Invasives Species Strike Team Specialist

May 22 – November 10, 2017 (25 weeks)

$12.53/hour, plus per-diem when traveling

6 full-time, temporary positions available


Eastern Invasive Species Strike Team

Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Gardiner, NY 12525


Western Invasive Species Strike Team

Clark Reservation State Park

Jamesville, NY 13078

Travel and camping in other parks and regions: 80%


Invasive Species Strike Team Specialists are expected to work as a team under the Invasive Species Strike Team Supervisor to perform daily field work activities. Specialists will be working as a crucial component of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) statewide Invasive Species Management strategy. Strike teams primarily perform manual invasive plant removals, as well as surveys, education and other activities as assigned on State Park lands. Positions will require extensive travel using agency vehicle.

Strike team specialists can expect to work hard outdoors for the duration of employment. Strike teams must work together effectively with friendly communication amongst themselves and the public at all times. All team members will travel extensively and are expected to camp at State Park campgrounds for the duration of the work week.

Strike teams will travel across assigned OPRHP Regions (See for OPRHP regional delineations.). There will be two Invasive Species Strike Teams statewide, both working independently towards the same Agency goals. The Eastern Strike Team will cover the following regions: Long Island, New York City, Taconic, Palisades, Saratoga-Capital and the eastern portion of Thousand Islands. This team will report to Minnewaska State Park Preserve, located in the Palisades region in Gardiner, NY for weekly briefing and debriefing.

The Western Strike Team will cover Central, Finger Lakes, Genesee, Niagara, Allegany and the western portion of Thousand Islands Region. The Western team will report to Clark Reservation State Park, located outside Syracuse in Central Region, for weekly briefing and debriefing.

Please note these positions do not include healthcare benefits or paid leave. Workers’ Compensation will be provided if necessary.


Primary duties include manual and mechanical removal of invasive species, field data collection and entry, survey, post-removal monitoring and park patron education. Field specialists are expected to be reliable, motivated and team-oriented with an interest in stewardship and conservation. Specialists must be able to perform physical work and hike in rough terrain in hot, rainy or otherwise unpleasant weather conditions. Projects are located across New York State.   


  • Course work related to forestry, environmental studies, ecology, natural resource management, or a relevant discipline such as conservation biology.
  • Experience with GPS/GIS and ecological monitoring methods.
  • The ability to work, and maintain a good attitude, while preforming physical work in summer conditions.
    • Some knowledge of invasive New York flora and fauna.
    • Strong interest in and commitment to environmental stewardship and team-oriented approach to solving environmental challenges.
    • Must have some personal camping equipment and be comfortable camping weekly for the 25 weeks of employment
    • Backcountry orienteering and Leave No Trace camping experience a plus.

To Apply:

E-mail or send by FAX a completed pre-employment application, a letter of interest and resume. Include three work references with contact name, email, name of business/facility and phone number. Part 1 Pre-Employment application can be found at

You can FAX your completed application and full resume to (845) 255-3505. Email ( preferred.


Sarah Travalio

Invasive Species Project Coordinator

845-256-0579 (o)

845-418-0151 (c)

Minnewaska State Park Preserve

PO Box 893

New Paltz, NY 12561


All position specific cover letters and resumes must be received by Monday, April 3

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