Rockefeller State Park Preserve (RSPP) seeks a highly motivated and experienced individual to join the Stewardship team as an assistant from April-November with the potential for an extension. Rockefeller State Park Preserve is located in Westchester County, with over 1400 acres of woodlands, wetlands, meadows, and fields. Our team advances land stewardship, conservation science, and boosts collegiate and public volunteerism in State Parks. This team works primarily in RSPP with a wetland restoration project in John Jay Homestead State Historic Site. Applicant will gain valuable field experience and learn organizational, leadership and communications skills that they will be able to apply in their personal and professional lives.
The Natural Resource Assistant reports to the Natural Resource Specialist, and implements land stewardship and vegetation management projects that promote native biodiversity and reduce invasive species. The assistant will have the opportunity to: build leadership skills by working with interns and volunteers, improve plant identification skills, broaden their understanding of ecological research, and position themselves for a future career in conservation science.
Salary and Timeframe: PRA-6 $14.38/hour. Capped at 32 hours per week Monday-Friday starting April 1st. The incumbent may be required to work some week nights, weekends, and holidays.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Manage invasive plant infestations using physical and mechanical methods
Survey for new infestations of invasive plants and insects
Monitor vegetation and wildlife to assess ecosystem health and management success
Plant, seed and propagate native plants
Maintain consistent records of stewardship activities
Plan and lead volunteer days with local community groups and individuals.
Assist with the coordination of seasonal steward and high school interns
Help coordinate citizen scientists
Assist with office functions when needed
• Applicant must have at least one year experience in environmental stewardship, preferentially experienced with invasive species identification and management;
• Must be able to perform medium to heavy physical labor in a wide range of weather conditions;
• Have a working knowledge of regional flora and fauna;
• Possess a basic understanding of ecological concepts and the threats faced in New York;
• Have basic experience with methods for forest monitoring;
• Ability to record and maintain records of work activities;
• Leadership experience in small groups;
• Must possess and maintain a valid New York State Driver’s License as a term and condition of employment;
• BA or BS degree preferred;
• Experience with chainsaws and landscaping equipment preferred.
To Apply: Submit NYS Application (Form #S1000) available at https://parks.ny.gov/employment/park-employment.aspx, resume, cover letter, and expected availability to Rebecca.Policello@parks.ny.gov by March 23rd 2018
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