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NYS Parks Strike Team and Forest Health summer positions

From: Reid, Alyssa (PARKS)
Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 12:45 PM
To: Surprenant, Leslie J (DEC)
Cc: OBrien, Robert (PARKS)
Subject: Parks Summer Seasonal Positions

Hi Leslie,

 

NY State Parks is looking to hire 2 Invasive Species Strike Teams, and one Forest Health Specialist team to work for 22 weeks over this summer and fall. All positions will involve lots of travel to a variety of State Parks.

 

Could you please distribute these positions to the PRISM listservs? All questions can be directed to me.

 

Thank you,

Alyssa

 

Alyssa Reid

Invasive Species Project Specialist

Environmental Management Bureau

Minnewaska State Park Preserve

P.O. Box 893

New Paltz, NY 12561

845-256-0579

 

 

 

 

NYS OFFICE OF PARKS, RECREATION

AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION

 

 

 

Title: Invasives Species Strike Team Supervisor

May 26th –October 23rd, 2015

$13.54 per hour - 22 weeks, plus travel per diem

2 positions available

 

Locations:

Eastern Invasive Species Strike Team

Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Gardiner, NY 12525

or

Western Invasive Species Strike Team

Clark Reservation State Park

Jamesville, NY 13078

Position will require extensive travel using agency vehicle.

 

Description:

 

Invasive Species Strike Team Supervisors are responsible for a three person Invasive Species Strike Team Specialist team under the Regional Natural Resource Steward-Biologist and Invasive Species Program Staff. These Invasive Species Strike Teams are a crucial component of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) statewide Invasive Species Management Program. Strike teams preform surveys, manual removals, education and other activities as assigned on State Park lands. Projects are prioritized and vary from rare plant protection to larger scale partnership projects.

 

Supervisors are responsible for receiving weekly schedules and reporting back progress at the end of the week, organizing day to day activities, troubleshooting logistical issues, keeping strike teams safe, ensuring accurate data collection, and working hard alongside crew members. Strike team supervisors are expected to be able to operate their crews independently with minimal day to day oversight.

 

Strike teams will travel across assigned OPRHP Regions (See http://nysparks.com/regions/default.aspx for OPRHP regional delineations.), and will be expected to camp in State Parks at or near work sites each week. There will be two Invasive Species Strike Teams statewide, both working independently towards the same Agency goals.

The East Strike Team will cover the following regions: Long Island, New York City, Taconic, Palisades, Saratoga-Capital and the eastern portion of Thousand Islands. This team will report to Minnewaska State Park Preserve, located in the Palisades region in Gardiner, NY for weekly briefing and debriefing.

 

The Western Strike Team will cover Central, Finger Lakes, Genesee, Niagara, Allegany and the western portion of Thousand Islands Region. The Western team will report to Clark Reservation State Park, located outside Syracuse in Central Region, for weekly briefing and debriefing.

Please note these positions do not include healthcare benefits or paid leave.

 

Duties:

Strike Team supervisors are expected to be extremely reliable, independent and motivated with experience in natural resource management and invasive plant identification. Flexibility, problem solving and strong leadership skills are necessary. Supervisor must have past experience delegating tasks, working in a team and being responsible for the safety of others. Excellent interpersonal skills and at least one year of experience with invasives control methods is preferred.

 

Primary duties include participation in and supervision of manual and sometimes mechanical removal of invasive species, management and submission of both paper and electronic field data. The supervisor will meet twice weekly with supervising staff for briefing and debriefing. Successful applicants can expect to work 40 hours/week, generally Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm. Occasional weekend work may be necessary. Overnight travel and camping trips will be required on a weekly basis, expect to be camping nearly the entire duration of employment, minus 2 or 3 weeks.

 

Qualifications:

·         A degree related to forestry, environmental studies, ecology, natural resource management, or a relevant discipline such as conservation biology.

·         One year of experience with invasives species identification and control methods is preferred.

·         One year supervisory experience minimum

·         Good organizational skills in a field work setting

·         Enthusiasm for preforming manual labor outdoors in rough terrain in summer conditions.

·         A working knowledge of GPS and ecological monitoring methods.

·         Some knowledge of New York flora and fauna.

·         Strong interest in and commitment to environmental stewardship and team-oriented approach to solving environmental challenges.

·         Must have some personal camping equipment and be comfortable camping M-F for the 22 weeks of employment

·         First Aid and CPR certification as a minimum, WFR preferred.

·         Must possess a valid driver’s license.

·         Backcountry leadership and Leave No Trace camping knowledge is required.

·         NOLS or Outward Bound training a plus.

 

Contact:  

Alyssa Reid

Invasive Species Project Specialist

Alyssa.Reid@parks.ny.gov

845-256-0579

Minnewaska State Park Preserve

PO Box 893

New Paltz, NY 12561

 

To Apply: E-mail Alyssa.Reid@parks.ny.gov or send by FAX a letter of interest and resume. Include three work references with contact name and email, name of business/facility and phone number.

You can FAX your completed application and full resume to (845) 255-3505.

 

Deadline:  

 

All resumes must be received by March 31st, 2015.

 

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NYS OFFICE OF PARKS, RECREATION

AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION

 

 

 

Title: Invasives Species Strike Team Specialist

May 26 – October 23, 2015

$10.78 per hour - 22 weeks, plus travel per diem

6 positions available

 

Location:

Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Gardiner, NY 12525

or

Clark Reservation State Park

Jamesville, NY 13078

Positions will require extensive travel using agency vehicle.

 

Description:

 

Invasive Species Strike Team Specialists are expected to work as a team under the Invasive Species Strike Team Supervisor to perform daily field work activities. Specialists will be working as a crucial component of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) statewide Invasive Species Management Program. Strike teams perform surveys, manual plant removals, education and other activities as assigned on State Park lands. Projects are prioritized and vary from rare plant protection to larger scale partnership projects.

 

Strike team specialists can expect to work hard outdoors for the duration of employment. Strike teams must work together effectively with friendly communication amongst themselves and the public at all times. All crew members will travel to a new work site in an agency vehicle each week and are expected to camp on site for the duration of the work week.

 

Strike teams will travel across assigned OPRHP Regions (See http://nysparks.com/regions/default.aspx for OPRHP regional delineations.), and will be expected to camp in State Parks at or near work sites each week. There will be two Invasive Species Strike Teams statewide, both working independently towards the same Agency goals.

The East Strike Team will cover the following regions: Long Island, New York City, Taconic, Palisades, Saratoga-Capital and the eastern portion of Thousand Islands. This team will report to Minnewaska State Park Preserve, located in the Palisades region in Gardiner, NY for weekly briefing and debriefing.

The Western Strike Team will cover Central, Finger Lakes, Genesee, Niagara, Allegany and the western portion of Thousand Islands Region. The Western team will report to Clark Reservation State Park, located outside Syracuse in Central Region, for weekly briefing and debriefing.

Please note these positions do not include healthcare benefits or paid leave.

 

Duties:

 

Primary duties include manual removal of invasive species, field data collection and entry, surveying backcountry transects, post-removal monitoring and park patron education. Field specialists are expected to be reliable, motivated, able to always work as a cohesive team, with an interest in stewardship and natural resource management. Specialists must be able to perform physical work and hike in rough terrain in the outdoors in hot, rainy or otherwise unpleasant weather conditions.

Successful applicants can expect to work 40 hours/week, generally Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm. Occasional weekend work may be necessary. Overnight travel and camping trips will be required on a weekly basis, expect to be camping nearly the entire duration of employment, minus 2 or 3 weeks.

 

Qualifications:

 

·         An interest in or course work related to forestry, environmental studies, ecology, natural resource management, or a relevant discipline such as conservation biology.

·         A desire to learn or knowledge of GPS/GIS and ecological monitoring methods.

·         The ability to work, and maintain a good attitude while preforming manual labor in rough terrain in summer conditions.

·         Some knowledge of invasive New York flora and fauna.

·         Strong interest in and commitment to environmental stewardship and team-oriented approach to solving environmental challenges.

·         Must have some personal camping equipment and be comfortable camping weekly for the 22 weeks of employment

·         First Aid and CPR certification desired.

·         Backcountry orienteering and Leave No Trace camping experience a plus.

 

To Apply: E-mail Alyssa.Reid@parks.ny.gov or send by FAX a letter of interest and resume. Include three work references with contact name and email, name of business/facility and phone number.

You can FAX your completed application and full resume to (845) 255-3505.

 

Contact:                                                                                 

Alyssa Reid

Invasive Species Project Specialist

Alyssa.Reid@parks.ny.gov

845-256-0579

Minnewaska State Park Preserve

PO Box 893

New Paltz, NY 12561

 

Deadline:  

 

All resumes must be received by March 31, 2015.

 

 

 

NYS OFFICE OF PARKS, RECREATION

AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION

 

 

Title: Forest Health Specialist

June 11 – Nov. 13, 2015

$13.54 per hour - 22 weeks

2 positions available

 

Locations:

 

Allegany State Park

Salamanca, NY 14779

Positions will require regular travel using agency vehicle.

 

Description:

The Forest Health Specialist team will work for and report to Invasive Species staff. Assistance from Regional Natural Resource Steward-Biologists, regional Forestry staff, Natural Heritage Program scientists and educators will be provided. These Forest Health Specialists are a crucial component of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) statewide Invasive Species Management Program.

Specialists are responsible for preforming detailed invasive insect surveys, ensuring accurate data collection, educating the public and preforming monitoring activities, including climbing hemlock trees. Specialists are expected to be able to function independently with minimal day to day oversight.

            The primary goal is to discover early detection infestations of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and Emerald Ash Borer across Western New York. Forest Health Specialists will cover the following OPRHP Regions: Allegany, Genesee, Niagara, Finger Lakes, and Central (see http://nysparks.com/regions/default.aspx for OPRHP regional delineations). Regional travel in a state vehicle and some overnight camping will be necessary.  

Please note these positions do not include healthcare benefits or paid leave.

 

Duties:

These positions are for the purpose of performing Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) and Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) data collection and survey, monitoring, public education, facilitating partnerships, and volunteer coordination. Primary duties include systematic HWA/EAB surveys and monitoring along trail networks and backcountry for the purpose of determining presence or absence and collection of field data. Specialists are expected to be self-starters, highly independent problem solvers, reliable and motivated with an interest in forest health, environmental stewardship and education. Excellent communication with park staff and park patrons are a crucial aspect of these positions.

Forest Health Specialists also participate in the rigorous OPRHP pre and post treatment monitoring surveys, which involve climbing hemlocks and collecting samples from the canopy. Successful Forest Health Specialists will need a strong level of physical fitness and no fear of heights to capably preform canopy monitoring.

Specialists are expected to travel during 60% their employment, and be willing to camp in Park campgrounds for overnight stays when necessary. Successful applicants can expect to work 40 hours/week, generally Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm. Occasional weekend or evening work may be necessary.

Several forms of data collection and data management are necessary, including GIS. A final report summarizing the season’s work, with GIS maps, will be submitted at the end of the season.

 

Qualifications:

 

·         An undergraduate degree or 3 years’ experience related to forestry, environmental studies, forest/stream ecology, natural resource management, invasive species management, or a relevant discipline such as general biology

·         Experience in collection of field data

·         Ability to navigate in backcountry conditions

·         Working knowledge of GPS, GIS and ecological monitoring methods

·         Experience in interacting with and/or educating the public

·         Familiarity with invasive insects

·         Interest in and commitment to environmental stewardship

·         Strong level of physical fitness with no fear of heights

·         Comfort camping in State Park campgrounds

·         First Aid and CPR certification or willingness to obtain required, WFR desired

·         A valid driver’s license

 

Contact:  

Robert O’Brien                                    

Invasive Species Control - Field Director

OPRHP Environmental Management Bureau/ Minnewaska State Park Preserve

PO Box 893 New Paltz, NY 12561

(845) 256.0579 (o)

(518) 391.3953 (c)

robert.obrien@parks.ny.gov

 

E-mail or send by FAX a letter of interest and resume.  Include three work references with contact name, name of business/facility and phone number.

You can FAX your letter and resume to (845) 255 -3505.

 

Deadline:  

 

All position specific cover letters and resumes must be received by April 10, 2015.