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Invasive Species Strike Team Supervisor

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

New Paltz ,  New York

Title: Invasives Species Strike Team Supervisor

May 22 – November 10, 2017 (25 weeks)

$16.28/hour, plus per-diem when traveling

2 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 Supervisors are responsible for a three-person Invasive Species Strike Team Specialist crew under the Regional Natural Resource Steward-Biologist and Invasive Species Program Staff. These Invasive Species Strike Teams are a crucial component of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) statewide Invasive Species Management strategy. Strike teams preform surveys, manual and mechanical removals, and can expect to spend most of the summer traveling and camping at a variety of State Parks. Positions will require extensive travel using agency vehicle.

Supervisors are responsible for receiving weekly schedules and reporting back progress at the end of the week, organizing daily activities, troubleshooting minor logistical and mechanical issues, keeping team members safe, ensuring accurate data collection, and working hard alongside crew members. Strike team supervisors are expected to be able to operate their crews independently with minimal day-to-day oversight.

Strike teams will travel across assigned OPRHP Regions (See for OPRHP regional delineations.), and will be expected to camp in State Parks at or near work sites each week. 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.


Strike Team Supervisors are expected to be extremely reliable, independent and motivated with experience in natural resource management and invasive plant identification. Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, problem solving and strong leadership skills are necessary. The supervisor must have past experience delegating tasks, working in a team and being responsible for the safety of others.

Primary duties include participation in and supervision of manual and mechanical removal of invasive species, collection and submission of both paper and electronic field data. The supervisor will meet twice weekly with supervising staff for briefing and debriefing. As projects are located across New York State, all crew members can expect to be camping in State Park campgrounds for the majority of the term.   


  • A degree related to forestry, environmental studies, ecology, natural resource management, or a relevant discipline such as conservation biology.
  • One year or more of experience with invasives species identification and control methods.
  • One year supervisory experience minimum.
  • Excellent organizational skills in a field setting.
  • Enthusiasm for preforming manual labor outdoors in rough terrain in summer conditions.
    • A working knowledge of GPS/GIS and ecological monitoring methods.
    • Commitment to thorough data collection.
    • Some knowledge of New York flora and fauna.
    • Strong interest in and commitment to environmental stewardship and team-oriented approach to solving environmental challenges.
    • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
    • Must have some personal camping equipment and be comfortable camping weekly for the 25 weeks of employment.
    • Backcountry leadership, Leave No Trace knowledge NOLS or Outward Bound training 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 and email, name of business/facility and phone number. Part 1 Pre-Employment application can be found at

You can FAX your completed application, letter and 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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