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Jan 23, 2014

Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC) seeks Seasonal Field Biologists for NY City

The Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC) is seeking seasonal staff to join the second field season of a comprehensive, two-year citywide assessment that uses uniform metrics to measure the health of forests, wetlands, and grasslands. Fixed area plots will be established in natural area parkland in which vegetation and site condition data will be collected. Fieldwork will take place in natural area parks in the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Assessment methodology will be conducted by NAC and NYC Parks staff as well as interns and seasonal hires.

The Natural Areas Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization working in partnership with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation to restore, protect and manage a network of green and blue space that promotes a healthy, livable and diverse New York City. The NAC is tasked with expanding and diversifying the protection, management and restoration of 10,000 acres of forests, wetlands and grasslands overseen by the Parks Department.  This public/private partnership unifies the identity of NYC’s natural areas, increases public awareness and volunteerism and integrates advanced technology.

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Job Title: Seasonal Field Biologist

Job Location: 10 Positions available with reporting locations across New York City based in Staten Island (4), Flushing, Queens (4) and Northern Manhattan (2).

Duration:  April 28-October 28, Full-time seasonal position, 35 hour work week, Monday-Friday. 

Salary:  hourly rate is $21.98/hour ($40,000/year prorated).

Major Responsibilities

Under general supervision of the Ecological Assessment Field Coordinator (EAFC) and direct supervision of the Supervising Field Biologist (SFB), the Seasonal Field Biologist will be responsible for working in a team of three collecting ecological data and implementing the NAC Ecological Assessment protocols. This position is approximately 90% field work and 10% office work.

Main tasks include:

  • Report promptly and directly to field sites and work as part of a team of two or three biologist conducting ecological site assessments as directed
  • Accurately locate assessment plots using Trimble GPS on foot and carrying 30 lbs. packs
  • Accurately collect data such as understory plant species identification, percent cover vegetation, woody species identification, tree diameter, tree height, tree canopy health, coarse woody debris, human use and impacts and additional site attributes according to assessment protocols
  • Document, download, and edit field data daily or as needed on computer data recorders or paper datasheets
  • Assist in data entry as needed
  • Communicate any issues associated with the Ecological Assessment with the Supervising Field Biologist or Ecological Assessment Field Coordinator
  • Maintain motor vehicle driver license valid in New York State
  • Operate NYC Parks Department vehicle in a safe and lawful manner
  • Participate in other tasks at NAC and NRG as directed

 

Qualifications and Requirements

 A Bachelor's degree with major study in environmental sciences, ecology, forestry, wildlife biology, botany, natural resources or a related biological science

 

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

  • Experience in plant and/or animal identification and a working knowledge of the flora and fauna of the northeastern U.S preferred
  • Experience with GPS units and navigation, and ecological sampling techniques
  • Ability to follow rigorous sampling protocols
  • A positive attitude with enthusiasm for conducting field work and comfort working as part of a team
  • Familiarity with New York City natural areas a plus
  • Driver license valid in New York State
  • Ability to tolerate urban field conditions: very hot, humid weather and moderately strenuous hiking carrying 30 lbs. packs

 

Working Conditions and Reporting Location

We strive to foster an engaging and productive work environment and are seeking applicants who have had experience working as part of a team, are comfortable working outside, and can maintain a positive attitude in variable working conditions. As a member of the field crew you can expect to continue working in the field in hot and humid weather conditions and in difficult and hazardous terrain.

As part of a citywide Ecological Assessment each field crew will maintain a central reporting location in relation to their designated sampling area.  Alternate reporting locations for training and meetings may be required.  Each field crew member is responsible for reporting to and from their assigned reporting location. Some reporting locations may not be easily accessible by public transit. Field trucks are provided to travel from the reporting location to work sites. Some work days may run past 7 hours depending on traffic and work flow. If you are flexible with your reporting location, or are limited to sites with public transit, or in a particular borough please indicate that in your cover letter. 

 

To Apply


To apply please submit a resume, cover letter highlighting your skills and three reference contacts as one document to helen.forgione@parks.nyc.gov.

 In the subject list Seasonal Field Biologist Application.

 All applications must be submitted prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 17, 2014.


 





Jan 14, 2014

New York Invasive Species Advisory Committee 2013 Annual Report Available

Annual Report 2013

 

Click here for a copy of the 2013 ISAC report. Some of the topics addressed in the report include:

  • Identified statewide education and outreach gaps and submitted recommendations for priority needs
  • Assisted implementation of the Invasive Species Prevention Act
  • Identified priority pathways to minimize invasive species spread and submitted recommended action steps to the Invasive Species Council
  • Responded to Invasive Species Council directives
  • Developed recommendations to be considered by Invasive Species Council
  • Provided guidance to Invasive Species Coordination Unit at NYS DEC, as needed/requested
  • Provided guidance to draft legislation, as needed/requested
  • Developed the 2013 Invasive Species Advisory Committee work plan and completed the 2013 ISAC annual report
  • Informed ISAC members about invasive species related news
  • Participated in four regular Invasive Species Council meetings and special Invasive Species Council-Invasive Species Advisory Committee joint meeting and presented an Invasive Species Advisory Committee report at each meeting
  • Participated in monthly PRISM calls, as able / appropriate
  • Submitted Invasive Species Advisory Committee info to be posted on NYIS.INFO that describes the Invasive Species Advisory Committee charge, membership, and initiatives.




Jan 9, 2014

NYS DEC Seeks Input on Aquatic Invasive Species Control at State Boat Launching and Fishing Access Sites Rules Making

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public comment on proposed rulemaking: Part 59, Section 59.4, Part 190, Section 190.24 - Aquatic Invasive Species Control at State Boat Launching and Fishing Access Sites

This rulemaking is necessary to prevent boats carrying visible invasive species from launching at DEC facilities or leaving these facilities.

Comments will be accepted from January 8, 2014 through February 24, 2014.

Send comments to:
Phil Hulbert
NYSDEC
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233

or e-mail comments to: Proposed Rulemaking Part 59, Section 59.4 and Part 190, Section 190.24 - Aquatic Invasive Species Control