The NYS OPRHP Strike Team on Long Island works independently towards the Agency’s statewide Invasive Species Management strategy. The strike team primarily performs manual invasive plant removals, as well as surveys, education, and other activities as assigned on State Park lands. The team will report to Connetquot River State Park Preserve in Oakdale and travel to other State Parks on Long Island using agency vehicles. The team will have three members, one of which will be the team leader. Work conditions include uneven terrain, heat, cold, and exposure to poison ivy, thorns, ticks, and biting insects. Appropriate protective equipment will be provided. These positions are full time (40 hours/week) and will last approximately 12 weeks.
Duties & Responsibilities:
-Organizing daily activities, troubleshooting minor logistical and mechanical issues
-Ensuring safety of team members
-Confirming data accuracy during collection
-Writing reports weekly on team activities and progress
-Manual and mechanical removal of invasive species
-Invasive species survey and detection
-Field data collection and entry
-Park patron education
E-mail a completed part 1 pre-employment application, resume, cover letter, and three references to Annie.McIntyre@parks.ny.gov and Yuriy.email@example.com.
Part 1 Pre-employment application can be found at https://parks.ny.gov/employment/park-employment.aspx.
-A degree in forestry, environmental studies, ecology, natural resource management, or a relevant discipline, such as aquatic ecology, conservation biology, etc.
-Some supervisory experience.
-Experience with plant identification and a familiarity with invasive species.
-Familiarity with GPS/GIS and ecological monitoring methods.
-Ability to work, and maintain a good attitude, while performing physical work in spring, summer, and fall conditions.
-Strong interest in and commitment to environmental stewardship and team-oriented approach to solving environmental challenges.
-Backcountry orienteering and “Leave No Trace” experience a plus.
-Must possess a valid driver’s license.