Invasive Species Assistant

Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve, Inc.

Rensselaerville, New York

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $15
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

The Organization
The Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located on 2,000+ acres in Rensselaerville, New York. Our mission is to preserve the natural beauty of the Rensselaerville Falls, the watershed of Lake Myosotis and surrounding lands; to conduct longterm research on natural systems as part of a global effort to understand and protect the Earth’s biodiversity; and to increase appreciation of this effort through innovative, field-based educational programs for students, teachers, and the community. For more information visit https://www.huyckpreserve.org/.

Summer Invasive Species Assistant Position:
The Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station is now accepting applications for an Invasive Species Assistant. This is a part-time, seasonal, eight-week position. The Invasive Species Assistant will work with the Preserve’s Stewardship Coordinator and seasonal staff and be responsible for invasive species removal and monitoring work as part of the continued implementation of the Huyck Preserve’s invasive species management and monitoring plan. The ideal candidates will have some experience with outdoor work and native and invasive plant species identification.

Responsibilities Include:
Working with other Huyck Preserve staff and volunteers to remove aquatic and terrestrial invasive species and to monitor new and existing populations of invasive species

This is an eight-week position running approximately July - August (some flexibility is possible).

Salary: $15.00 per hour
On-site shared housing may be available and included in the position.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions, to navigate rugged terrain, and to carry and operate equipment needed to carry out land management operations
  • Willingness to be trained in operating weed and hedge trimmers
  • Interest in outdoor, physical labor
  • Ability to recognize or learn to identify native and invasive plants
  • Experience/interest in land stewardship

Other Requirements:

Use of a personal vehicle will be required.
All staff must adhere to the Huyck Preserve’s Covid-19 protocols and be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (accommodations may be made for medical or religious needs).
Finalists must successfully complete a criminal background check and DOT driving record check before an offer of employment is made.

Job Details:
This is a part-time, non-exempt, seasonal position, estimated to involve 32-hours of work per week.


To apply: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Assemble into a single PDF or MS Word document and email to garrett@huyckpreserve.org 
with “Applicant’s Last Name INVASIVE ASSISTANT” in the subject line: 
1) A cover letter describing your interest and reason for applying as well as the skills you will bring to the position
2) A current CV/resume no more than two pages in length
3) Contact information for two professional references

The Huyck Preserve is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age, disability or veteran's status.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Botany , Restoration