Aquatic Invasive Species Strike Team Technician, NYS DEC Region 9

Cornell University

Buffalo, New York

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $21/hr
Deadline Apr 14, 2024
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

In partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the NYS Water Resources Institute seeks to hire technicians to act as Aquatic Invasive Species Strike Team members throughout DEC Region 9 (Western NY) under the supervision of the DEC Region 9 AIS Coordinator. This is a temporary, full time term appointment with an initial term end date of 10/31/2024 with possible extension dependent on funding and performance.  Pay rate is $21 per hour. Position is eligible for limited benefits (health insurance enrollment).

As the Aquatic Invasive Species Strike Team Technician, you will: 

  • Conduct detailed field surveys of aquatic plants, invertebrates, and additional biotic/abiotic factors as assigned following standardized methodology including:
    • Point-intercept rake-toss surveys from motorized and unmotorized vessels in lentic and lotic systems
    • Stream macroinvertebrate monitoring for invasive crayfish and mollusks
  • Assist with digital field data collection, analysis, and preparation of detailed site reports on work completed
  • Perform detailed identification of invasive pests to assist in determining appropriate pesticide application strategies
  • Participate in regional aquatic plant restoration program, including plant propagation, installation, and greenhouse/lab maintenance
  • Assist with general calibration and maintenance of pesticide application equipment.
  • Perform general equipment maintenance, inspection, and troubleshooting of field and related research equipment
  • Perform manual aquatic invasive plant removals in collaboration with local stakeholder groups


  • Strong interest in aquatic invasive species management
  • Ability to be comfortable with insects that bite and sting and animal encounters, including snakes (rare), spiders, and other aquatic insects and invertebrates
  • Willingness to assist with aquatic herbicide applications and able to wear proper protective equipment
  • Must be able to swim short distances unassisted, perform research underwater (wading and snorkeling)
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all types of weather, physically work in field locations that can be difficult to access, navigate uneven terrain, hills, etc.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work well with others is required while creating a high-quality and respectful work environment
  • Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, have access to reliable transportation, and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver’s license
  • Visual concentration, attention to detail, and manual dexterity are required
  • Experience in and/or demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and well-being
  • Passionate about working in an organization that values and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, and well-being

If you possess these experiences and skills, this may be the role for you!  There are a few other qualifications that we would view as incredibly helpful in this role, including:

  • College education in ecology, biology, natural resources management, or related field
  • Experience with the operation and trailering of a motorboat
  • Basic knowledge and ability to identify native and invasive aquatic vegetation of New York
  • Experience with data collection applications (Survey123, BioBase EcoSound) and Microsoft and Google editing suites (Word, Excel, Docs, Sheets)
  • Experience using multiple GPS devices to navigate
  • Demonstrated experience with aquatic invasive plant monitoring and management

To apply, please visit website link listed: https://cornell.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/CornellCareerPage/job/New-York-State-Other/Temporary-Aquatic-Invasive-Species-Strike-Team-Technician--Department-of-Biological-Environmental-Engineering---Buffalo--New-York_WDR-00044313-1

For specific questions related to job duties or additional information about the position not related to HR, contact lindsay.yoder@dec.ny.gov

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Category Ecology , Hydrology