Wildlife Technician – New York

Agency
Westchester County Parks
Location
Westchester County, NY
Salary
This is a year-round hourly position, requiring 35 hours per week. Weekly schedule generally consists of Mondays - Fridays but may vary to include weekend work. Salary is $15 - $20 per hour, commensurate with experience. Start date is September 2017.
Start Date
09/05/2017
Last Date to Apply
08/07/2017
Description
The Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation is responsible for the preservation and maintenance of 18,000 acres of parklands, trails and open spaces that host a variety of habitats and a diverse array of species. As new wildlife populations emerge and established populations change, land managers and researchers monitor impacts and use adaptive management strategies to mitigate conflict.
Under the supervision of the Senior Curator of Wildlife the Wildlife Technician implements and adapts management strategies, studies wildlife and wildlife impacts, monitors target species and forest health, works with local, state and federal agencies, and interfaces with the public.

Responsibilities
Duties include assisting in the management of volunteer hunter and deer management programs; using motion-sensing cameras to study emerging wildlife such as fisher and black bear; vegetation inventories and surveys; wildlife population surveys; data entry and analysis; construction of beaver baffles and flow devices; Canada goose egg oiling; public education; assisting with wildlife conflicts; networking with and assisting local, state and federal agencies; creation of maps and reports; natural resource management; maintaining a current knowledge of management strategies and wildlife issues.
Qualifications
Applicants must:
enjoy working outdoors; be able to hike, paddle and lift/carry equipment; have basic knowledge of local plant and wildlife species; possess basic computer skills including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, GIS, and Access or other databases; be able to independently create and execute research projects and associated reports. Effective communication skills and the ability to work a flexible schedule are essential.
Preference will be given to candidates with a proven history of wildlife or natural resource management or research or with experience with game management.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, environmental science, or a closely related field is preferred.
Contact Person
Dan Aitchison, Senior Curator of Wildlife
Contact eMail
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