ROW Field Biologist | Syracuse, NY


Syracuse, New York

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $24 to $26.50 an hour
Deadline Jun 15, 2024
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Job Profile Summary  

The ROW Field Biologist will undertake various field procedures supporting our Research, Science, and Innovation (RSI) and Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) programs. The primary function of the ROW Field Biologist will be to conduct field surveys (vegetative, pollinators, etc.) along utility corridors in remote, suburban, or urban environments. This position is travel-based, with overnight stays required at contract locations for periods ranging from several days to several months. This position requires experience in low hazardous conditions (e.g., poisonous plants, biting insects, rugged terrain, inclement weather). The successful candidate will prioritize safety and the collection of quality, reliable data for ACRT’s clients. 

Salary Range Transparency: For those residing in New York, the pay range is $24-$26.50/hr. commensurate with experience, plus overtime. Accommodations, meals, and company vehicle provided. 

Benefits include medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; partially matching 401k 

Duties & Responsibilities 

  • Conduct vegetation surveys 
  • Collect invertebrate samples using a sweep net 
  • Use mapping and GIS software to locate field sites and collect data 
  • Identify pollinators 
  • Identify and delineate wetlands 
  • Follow statistically valid sampling methods 
  • Coordinate with outside partners such as utilities, state environmental and natural resources departments, etc. 

Working Conditions 

Physical and technical tasks include: 

  • Drive to work site may involve interstate travel 
  • Operate a 4x4 vehicle off road 
  • Field collection of biological data 
  • High Travel (up to 100%), including weekends 

Equipment, environmental and safety requirements: 

  • Driving cars, trucks 

  • Walking on uneven ground 

  • Exposure to extremes in temperature, humidity, or wetness 

  • Use of various biological equipment, including sweep net, DBH tape, metric tape, and safety-related equipment such as hard hat, safety vest, safety glasses, etc. 

Physical Requirements 

Field Environment: 

  • Frequent standing, walking, hiking, reaching, stooping, kneeling, crouching 

  • Ability to push, pull, and lift 50 lbs. 

  • Ability to carry 10 to 15 lbs. of equipment 

  • Handling of insect, soil, and plant material 


Education and Experience Requirements: 

  • Minimum two-year degree in biology, ecology, botany, entomology, environmental science or similar. Four-year degree preferred (equivalent field experience may be accepted in lieu of degree) 

  • Previous travel experience preferred 

Required Skills: 

  • Strong plant identification skills 

  • Ability to navigate in back country with a GPS 

  • Ability to work autonomously and under pressure 

  • Ability to effectively communicate in visual, verbal, and written form 

  • Excellent time management, organizational and problem-solving skills 

  • Strong attention to detail, including accurate collection and entry of data 

  • Working knowledge of GIS software, MS Outlook, and Excel 


  • Familiarization with organization’s culture of safety preferred 

  • Familiarization with organization’s footprint and work types preferred· 

Supervisory Responsibilities 

  • None 


Works with Inside Company: 

  • All employees and managers 

Work with Outside Company: 

  • Customers, vendors, and stakeholders 

This position has a salary range of $24 to $26.50 an hour. Actual salaries will vary within the range based on various factors including, but not limited to, location, experience, expected quality and quantity of work, performance, operational needs and other considerations permitted by law. In addition, ACRT provides a variety of benefits to employees, including, but not limited to, medical, dental and vision insurance coverage, a retirement savings plan, paid holidays and paid time off (PTO).

We are an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by email at hr@acrtinc.com and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this e-mail address.

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


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Category Botany , Ecology
Tags GIS , Entomology