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Wetland Ecologist

New York Natural Heritage Program

Albany ,  New York
Ecology Wetland

Wetland ecology summer technician

New York Natural Heritage Program

Albany, NY

Start date: June 2017      

End date: September 30, 2017

Application deadline: March 27, 2017

Minimum qualifications

Recent graduates, graduate students, graduating seniors, and experienced field technicians are urged to apply. Applicant must have completed at least 30 semester college credit hours, including or supplemented by 12 semester credit hours in ecology, which must include at least one course in three or more of the following areas: field ecology, wetland ecology, botany, dendrology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and aerial photography interpretation. Applicants with job experience in lieu of the desired coursework will be considered.

A valid driver’s license is required. Candidate should have a strong interest in wetland condition assessment, be well organized, communicate well in a collaborative environment, and be able to hike 5 miles and lift 30 pounds without difficulty.

Preferred skills

  • Familiarity with New York State wetland flora and use of dichotomous keys.
  • Experience with plot-based vegetation field sampling.
  • Experience working with GIS, with knowledge of or interest in air photo interpretation and delineation.

Duties Description

This listing is for one seasonal technician position working with the New York Natural Heritage Program (NYNHP). The candidate is responsible for assisting biologists with a range of clerical, physical, and technical tasks. Fieldwork will be conducted primarily at freshwater wetland sites located within Rochester, NY (the Genesee watershed), but will also include other sites within the Lake Ontario watershed. Approximately 75% of the technician’s time will be spent as part of a field team working in the Rochester/Great Lakes area. Office work at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation headquarters in Albany, NY. Pay commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and the contact information of three references via email to Dr. Laura Shappell, Laura.Shappell -at- dec.ny.gov. Please include the following text in the email subject line: “NYNHP wetland technician job listing #031717”.

Application review will begin Monday March 27, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.



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