Piping Plover Project Technician (Parks & Recreation Aide 5): New York

Selkirk Shores State Park and Sandy Island Beach State Park, Pulaski, NY 13142
Job Category
Full time Positions, Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Last Date to Apply
Position is open until filled
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY IN THE CENTRAL REGION OF THE NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF PARKS, RECREATION AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION JOB TITLE: Piping Plover Project Technician (Parks & Recreation Aide 5) LOCATION: Selkirk Shores State Park and Sandy Island Beach State Park, Pulaski, NY 13142 TIME COMMITMENT: Full-time, 40 hours per week (variable hours with weekends and holidays) DEADLINE TO APPLY: Position is open until filled. PAY: $13.57/hour TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT: Full-time temporary seasonal (May – October 2021) OVERVIEW: The Eastern Lake Ontario Dune and Wetlands System is a complex and fragile ecosystem encompassing 17 miles of freshwater beach. Situated on that stretch of land is Sandy Island Beach State Park, where the federally and state-listed endangered species, the piping plover, has returned to the nest after a 30-year hiatus. This position contributes to all aspects of the piping plover project including monitoring for and protecting nesting piping plovers and their habitat; collecting, maintaining, and summarizing data; delivering a wide variety of public education and outreach; dune restoration; and general park enhancement as a part of the project. The site is a highly recreated, limited-access natural beach, only accessible by boat or a ~2-mile walk. Project T echnician will be required to walk long distances on sandy beaches, carry and use equipment (e.g., spotting scope, post pounder, chairs), work independently, and talk to beachgoers. The Project Technician will work for and report to the Piping Plover Project Coordinator, Regional Natural Resource Stewardship Biologist, and Park Manager. DUTIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: • Protect and monitor for piping plovers. Record and report observations and reproductive success using NestStory from initiation to fledge. Carefully and neatly record data and enter it into Excel, eBird, NestStory, and other databases as needed. • Provide formal and informal public education and community engagement events on the beach, at parks, in classrooms, libraries, etc., including games, crafts, activities, and presentations about the piping plover, dune ecosystems, the Great Lakes, and more. • Set up and maintain fencing and signage of the protected bird nesting area and install predator exclosures around piping plover nest(s). • Support working relationships with landowners, local communities, recreational beach visitors to support the goals of the piping plover project. • Enhance dune ecosystem via dune vegetation transplants, organized beach clean-ups, and snow fencing. • Document biodiversity and predator threats using trail cams, and scat/track ID. • Oversee FORCES (Friends of Recreation, Conservation and Environmental Stewardship) Stewards, and volunteers. • Drive a project boat from the office to the worksite seasonally on a daily basis. • Collect daily visitor use data and educate park patrons on park policy and encourage compliance. • Collaborate with partners including the US Fish and Wildlife Service, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Audubon NY and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. • Provide prompt, courteous, and professional service to park patrons. • Map and remove terrestrial and aquatic invasive species as needed.
PREFERRED SKILLS / QUALIFICATIONS: • Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree in conservation biology, environmental studies, ecology, natural resource management, invasive species management, or a related discipline. • Highly independent, reliable, and self-motivated. Able to initiate projects and tasks. • Prior field experience required; experience working with and identifying shorebirds preferred. • Environmental education and roving interpretation experience. • Experience in collecting field data and ecological monitoring methods. • Ability and experience working with the public in a professional and friendly manner regarding sensitive conservation issues; excellent public speaking skills. • Willingness to work outdoors for long periods of time in adverse conditions (e.g., wind, cold, heat, etc.). • Knowledgeable for the ecology of threatened and endangered species. • Comfortable with boating and being on the water and outdoors without access to amenities for long periods of time. • Excellent organizational skills in both a field and office setting. • Knowledge of dune ecology and conservation of rare and/or listed species. • Committed to environmental stewardship and a team-oriented approach to solving day-to-day challenges. • A valid driver’s license. Must provide own vehicle transportation to and from work sites. • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. and be in good physical condition for fieldwork. • NYS Boater’s Safety Course completion preferred. • Current First Aid & CPR certification preferred. If you are interested but do not meet the qualifications for this position, please consider getting involved with the FORCES (Friends of Recreation, Conservation, and Environmental Stewardship) Program within NYS Parks. The FORCES Program offers a variety of internship and volunteer opportunities that give students the skills and experience to allow them to meet qualifications for job postings similar to this one. https://parks.ny.gov/environment/forces.aspx
Contact Person
Tom Hughes (Natural Resource Stewardship Biologist – Central Region---New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation)
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