AmeriCorps, Invasives Strike Force Leader; Hudson Valley, NY

Agency
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
Location
Hudson Valley, NY
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
$15,000
Start Date
04/05/2023
Last Date to Apply
03/15/2023
Website
https://www.nynjtc.org/corpsapplication
Description
PROGRAM OVERVIEW The Trail Conference Conservation Corps (TCCC) provides opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to become leaders in environmental conservation. Industry experts train our AmeriCorps crews in sustainable trail building, invasive species management, public outreach, volunteer engagement, and outdoor leadership to provide vital resources to the parks you enjoy. Corps Members will receive a living stipend for their service and are eligible for education awards through our partnership with AmeriCorps. POSITION SUMMARY The TCCC Invasives Strike Force (ISF) crew mitigates ecological damage by employing the most effective techniques to stop invasive species from spreading in southern NY. Crew members spend most of their time managing invasive plants and collecting data in the field and will also gain office experience processing data and writing reports. Invasives management will include both manual and chemical methods and members will become NY Pesticide Apprentices. The ISF crew implements the regional strategy of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management by surveying areas for new invaders to the region and responding quickly to priority species using best management practices. Members work with a wide range of Project Partners at multiple sites throughout southern NY and will be supported by the Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Manager and the LH PRISM Coordinator. LOCATION Lower Hudson Valley Region of New York TERM OF SERVICE Minimum of 1200-hour term of service, April 5th through November 17th. Work week is Wednesday through Sunday. Weekend work is required. Members must take a 1/2-hour lunch which does not count toward service hours. This outdoor position includes a variety of weather conditions and periods of multi-day camping at work sites. Members are required to wear a provided uniform. BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION (The Trail Conference greatly values the Corps Members’ experience, in parentheses are approximate values of the training and service that will be provided) • Free rustic, lakeside housing within Harriman State Park provided from May 9th-October 27th; Some work will be done outside of the above timeframe ($909 per month) • Bi-weekly pre-tax living allowance of $937.50, or $15,000 total • Eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the term totaling $4,546.50 • Certification in Wilderness First Aid/CPR/AED ($285), Leave No Trace (Two Day Trainer Course $100), and NY Pesticides (Apprentice Certification $1,000) • Networking and career development opportunities with environmental professionals including one-on-one resume workshops ($250) • Training and experience in leadership, teaching, working with volunteers, public outreach, and teamwork • Opportunity for qualified student loan deferment and interest repayment • Eligible for SNAP benefits ($245.88 per month) • Travel Stipend ($74 bi-weekly) • Total Approximate Value of Stipend, Education Award, and Services: $29,332.50 DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • Assist Project Manager with pre- and post-season planning, including field work, partner coordination, acquiring permits, participating in working groups, and data and report finalization • Oversee crew of six members, sometimes independently, to encourage good work ethic, provide support, ensure safety protocols are followed, delegate tasks, and ensure quality control • Conduct surveys and manual and chemical invasives management in natural areas • Keep accurate and detailed records of activities by collecting and processing data and writing reports • Prepare maps utilizing ArcPro, ArcOnline, and GPS data collected in the field via the Field Maps app • Educate the public by leading invasive species removal volunteer workdays • Learn and follow applicable techniques, rules, and regulations for pesticide application • Members may not engage in any Prohibited Activities outlined in AmeriCorps Member Service Agreement • Crew Leaders are prohibited from signing crew member timesheets, evaluating crew member performance, disciplining crew members, enrolling/dismissing crew members, writing and/or signing program reports, managing the program’s payroll and budget APPLICATION Go to https://www.nynjtc.org/corpsapplication to apply. Applications are accepted until the positions are filled. For questions, email Conservation Corps Manager Tori Finn at vfinn@nynjtc.org.
Qualifications
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS • Ability to inspire, encourage, and lead the team to the successful completion of projects • Capacity to conduct physically strenuous field work daily, hiking up to 4 miles carrying up to 30 lbs of equipment over rugged terrain and in strenuous environmental conditions • Experience or interest in plant identification and management • Organized, responsible, and detail-oriented with ability to multitask • Excellent oral and written communication skills • A valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle for transportation to field sites BONUS POINTS • College education or equivalent experience in ecology, biology, natural resources management or related field • Comfort with writing reports and recording and entering data
Contact Person
Victoria Finn
Contact eMail
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