Aquatic Invasive Species Strike Team Technician; Syracuse, NY

Cornell University / NYS DEC
Syracuse, NY DEC Region 7
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Duties and Responsibilities include: Conduct detailed field surveys of aquatic plants and invertebrates (native and invasive) following standardized methodology Operate and navigate motorized and non-motorized watercraft while maintaining safety standards Complete training apprenticeship for aquatic herbicide application under the direct supervision of a certified applicator Perform manual aquatic invasive plant removals in collaboration with local stakeholder groups Digital data entry, analysis, and preparation of detailed reports on work completed Represent the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and Cornell University in a professional and positive manner while working alongside other municipal, county, state, and federal agency employees Work alongside leadership to fulfill responsibilities in supply and equipment maintenance and data management
What We Need We are looking for someone with the following qualifications: Strong interest in aquatic invasive species management Ability to remain calm and be comfortable with stinging/biting insect and animal encounters, including snakes (rare), spiders, and other aquatic insects and invertebrates Willingness to assist with aquatic herbicide application Strong organizational, interpersonal, and written communication skills Ability to maintain a positive attitude in adverse conditions Must be willing and able to conduct moderate physical field work in rugged terrain, all weather, and aquatic environments, including in/underwater (snorkeling) Must be able to swim short distances unassisted Must hold and maintain a valid driver’s license with access to a reliable vehicle for transportation Must have reliable cell phone Must be willing to travel throughout New York State DEC Region 7 in state vehicle (9 counties) If you possess these experiences and skills this may be the role for you! There are a few other qualifications that we would view as incredibly helpful in this role, to include College education in ecology, biology, natural resources management or related field Experience with operation and trailering of a motorboat Basic knowledge and ability to identify native and invasive aquatic vegetation of New York Experience with data collection applications (Survey123, BioBase EcoSound), Microsoft and Google editing suites (Word, Excel, Docs, Sheets) Experience using a hand-held GPS to navigate Demonstrated experience with aquatic invasive plant monitoring and management
Contact Person
Cornell HR
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