Invasive Species Technician

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

Staatsburg, New York

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $19.85/hr

Position Overview:
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation is seeking two Invasive Species Technicians to work in the Taconic Region, which covers Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester counties. The technicians will work closely with the Regional Environmental Stewardship Biologist, Regional Natural Resource Specialist, and Statewide Invasive Species Unit staff to meet regional and statewide stewardship goals. The work will focus largely on supporting projects that involve the protection of rare, threatened, and endangered species and natural communities on Park lands and historic sites throughout the region. At times, this position will require hiking long distances, as well as working on uneven and steep terrain and in inclement weather.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Support regional stewardship staff in planning projects to meet regional goals.
  • Survey, manage, and monitor invasive species (aquatic and terrestrial plants, forest pests/pathogens).
  • Collect and manage field data using standardized methods (Survey123, ArcGIS Field Maps, GPS, GIS).
  • Maintain up-to-date project information and reports in statewide databases (DESP, AGOL, iMap).
  • Respond promptly to statewide Early Detection/Rapid Response needs.
  • Assist with invasive species management project planning efforts.
  • Provide guidance and support to Facility Management, field staff, and volunteers (ECC, SCA, partners, etc.).
  • Perform native plantings/other site restoration and monitoring duties.
  • Might participate in education and outreach events.

Operating Needs:

  • A degree or experience in forestry, environmental studies, ecology, natural resources management, or a relevant discipline, such as aquatic ecology, conservation biology, etc.
  • Excellent organizational skills in a field setting.
  • A working knowledge of GPS/GIS and ecological monitoring methods.
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude while performing light to heavy physical labor in a variety of field conditions and demonstrating safe working practices.
  • Strong interest in and commitment to environmental stewardship and team-oriented approach to solving environmental challenges.
  • Ability to read and comprehend written material.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with other staff and park patrons and professionally represent the agency.
  • The candidate must be available to work a variable schedule, including evenings, weekends and holidays as needed.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license that allows the candidate to operate a vehicle in New York State as a term and condition of employment.

Preferred Skills:

  • One season or more experience with invasive species identification and control methods.
  • Experience creating and editing maps and shapefiles using ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Online.
  • Experience collecting data using Survey123 and ArcCollector or ArcGIS Field Maps.
  • Experience using and maintaining hand tools and outdoor power equipment.
  • Backcountry orienteering and Leave No Trace experience.
  • First Aid/CPR certification.

To Apply:

Please email resume to Rebecca Ferry, Rebecca.Ferry@parks.ny.gov . Please insert the words “Invasive Species Technician” in the subject line. For any questions regarding the position, please reach out to Rebecca Ferry by email or by phone, (845)-889-3848. All qualified persons are invited and encouraged to apply.

It is the responsibility of each applicant to accurately describe their experience and demonstrate that they meet the minimum qualifications and agency operating needs.

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL: May 15 or until job is filled

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Agency

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide their current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov 

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Category Botany , Restoration
Tags GIS