Conservation & Restoration Specialist – NYC, New York

Agency
NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Location
NYC, NY
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
$75,000 - $85,000 plus excellent benefits
Last Date to Apply
06/30/2017
Website
http://www.nyc.gov/parks
Description
NYC Parks is the steward of nearly 30,000 acres of land - 14 percent of New York City - including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens and Greenstreets. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The mission of Forestry, Horticulture and Natural Resources (FHNR) is to protect, restore, expand and manage New York City’s natural spaces and green infrastructure to maximize their benefits and promote their value within and outside of the urban ecosystem.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
• Under the direction of the Chief of Natural Resources and Senior Staff, serve as the interagency point of contact for FHNR for the protection of natural resources from external impacts.
• Review all proposals, plans, designs, construction documents and specifications generated internally, by other agencies or the private sector that may have an impact on the restoration, protection and management of the City’s forests, wetlands and grasslands.
• Serve as technical liaison on and coordinate responses related to protection issues for FHNR to other divisions within NYC Parks and to outside agencies. Provide ecological and environmental expertise and information to help communicate with the public as well as city staff.
• Provide clear and justifiable assessments of the environmental impacts, as well as recommendations for design modifications or other approaches to minimize ecological damage, while enabling sensitive development, infrastructure repair or improvements.
• Employ and help improve standard methods for rapid assessment of field conditions; conduct field investigations, as well as desktop historical investigations as needed.
• Provide technical expertise and guidance, as appropriate, on site management, ecological restoration design development, environmental monitoring and assessment.
• Assist in developing long-term protection goals at a citywide and site level, including disseminating information about natural resource protection and management plans and policies
• Work independently and in collaboration with senior staff on special conservation and restoration projects.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or
2. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or
3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. However, all candidates must have a master’s degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two year of experience described in “2” above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in “1” and “2” above.

Residency in New York City, Nassau, Orange, Rockland, Suffolk, Putnam or Westchester counties required for employees with over two years of city service. New York City residency required for all other candidates.

PREFERRED SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS
1. Master of Science with a specialization in physical, biological or environmental science.
2. 5 years of experience in a supervisory, administrative or research capacity in land management ecology or a related field.
3. Demonstrated accomplishments in the application of ecology, forestry, wetlands, environmental science, or landscape design to natural resource management, restoration and protection as evidenced by reports, publications, or presentations at public meetings, conferences or other settings.
4. Familiarity with a broad range of field methodologies and analytical approaches in a range of Mid-Atlantic habitat and ecosystem types
5. Knowledge of environmental protection and regulatory agency structure and divisions and/or government operations.
6. Deep knowledge of the flora and fauna of the New York Area
7. Excellent management, administrative, supervisory and communication skills.
8. Experience using GIS and GPS and other mapping tools.
9. Valid New York State Driver License.

Salary: $75,000 - $85,000 plus excellent benefits
Apply by 06/30/17
For external applicants, please apply through www.nyc.gov/careers
1) Go to www.nyc.gov/careers/search
2) Search for Job ID#: 290688

For details about NYC Parks: www.nyc.gov/parks References will be required upon request.
Qualifications
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or
2. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or
3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. However, all candidates must have a master’s degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two year of experience described in “2” above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in “1” and “2” above.

Residency in New York City, Nassau, Orange, Rockland, Suffolk, Putnam or Westchester counties required for employees with over two years of city service. New York City residency required for all other candidates.
PREFERRED SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS
1. Master of Science with a specialization in physical, biological or environmental science.
2. 5 years of experience in a supervisory, administrative or research capacity in land management ecology or a related field.
3. Demonstrated accomplishments in the application of ecology, forestry, wetlands, environmental science, or landscape design to natural resource management, restoration and protection as evidenced by reports, publications, or presentations at public meetings, conferences or other settings.
4. Familiarity with a broad range of field methodologies and analytical approaches in a range of Mid-Atlantic habitat and ecosystem types
5. Knowledge of environmental protection and regulatory agency structure and divisions and/or government operations.
6. Deep knowledge of the flora and fauna of the New York Area
7. Excellent management, administrative, supervisory and communication skills.
8. Experience using GIS and GPS and other mapping tools.
9. Valid New York State Driver License.
Contact Person
michael.gray@parks.nyc.gov
Contact eMail
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