Jan 9, 2014

NYS DEC Seeks Input on Eurasian Boar Hunting or Trapping Restrictions Rules Making

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public comment on proposed rulemaking: Part 180, Section 180.12 - Eurasian Boar

This rulemaking is necessary to prohibit the taking of Eurasian boars by hunting or trapping in order to support eradication efforts of USDA and DEC.

Comments will be accepted from December 11, 2013 through January 27, 2014.

Send comments to:
Kelly Stang
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233

or e-mail comments to: Proposed Rulemaking Part 180, Section 180.12 - Eurasian Boar

Jan 6, 2014

Invasive Species/Watershed Educator sought for Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Yates County

The Cornell Cooperative Extension County Association of Yates County (Penn Yan, NY), is seeking an Invasive Species/Watershed Educator.

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**All applications must be submitted online by  February 3, 2014.** 

Position responsibilities include:

Invasive Species

  • Establish a multi-county invasive species extension education program advisory network.
  • Assist participating PRISMs (Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management) and CCE County Associations in planning short- and long-term invasive species extension education programs and activities.
  • Foster stakeholder awareness and understanding of invasive species issues.
  • Develop innovative invasive species education programs and materials in a multi-county region.


  • Establish a watershed extension education program advisory network.
  • Foster stakeholder awareness and understanding of watershed and water quality issues.
  • Develop innovative watershed/water quality education programs and materials.

Regarding invasive species, this individual will

  • Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension Invasive Species Program in the distribution of invasive species extension education materials.
  • Provide subject-matter expertise on invasive species issues to other Extension educators and PRISM members; disseminate locally-relevant, non-biased, science-based invasive species information for use by varied stakeholders. Update content on CCE and PRISM websites as needed.
  • Provide leadership in conducting or facilitating invasive species components of existing adult and youth educational programming including but not limited to Master Gardener Volunteer training, 4-H programs, and scouting.
  • Assist PRISMs and partner CCE County Associations to provide outreach on invasive species issues using exhibits and displays at various public events.
  • Interact with multi-county CCE committees, Cornell program specialists and faculty, PRISM members and program participants to evaluate invasive species extension education.
  • Create marketing materials communicating program impacts to target audiences.

Position Requirements

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution required in plant science, horticulture, agronomy, agriculture, water resources, natural resources, environmental science, entomology, or closely related field.
  • Subject-matter-based expertise with ability to communicate technical and scientific invasive species and watershed information to stakeholders and the general public.
  • Ability to initiate, plan/organize, implement, teach and evaluate extension invasive species and watershed education programs for youth and adult audiences.

Position is Part Time (32 hours/week). Salary $32,000 per year plus benefits. Position is dependent upon grant funding.  No relocation assistance available.

**All applications must be submitted online by  February 3, 2014.**  Go to for full job description and on-line application instructions. Look for Requisition ID 22273

For more information contact:

Nicole Landers, Executive Director
Natural Resources and Agriculture Issue Leader
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County
417 Liberty Street
Penn Yan, NY 14527

Jan 6, 2014

Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program seeks Summer Invasive Species Management Steward

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The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) is seeking applicants for the program’s 2014 Adirondack Invasive Species Management Steward.

The Adirondack Invasive Species Management Steward position is a paid, full-time internship for college-age students and recent college graduates and provides hands-on exposure to all aspects of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program’s work throughout the Adirondack region.

Primary Projects:

Working primarily with APIPP’s Terrestrial invasive species project coordinator and with APIPP’s Director and Aquatic Invasive Species Project Coordinator, the steward will be involved in implementing best management practices at new and historic invasive plant sites across the region. The steward will also help plan, prepare, and participate in trainings offered to the general public and volunteers.

Management: Directly assist with implementing best management practices to contain, suppress and eradicate terrestrial invasive plant infestations

Surveys and Mapping: Directly assist with early detection surveys and mapping throughout the Adirondack region within NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Preserve lands and waters, NYS Department of Transportation Right-of-Ways, wetlands and private lands.

Desired Qualifications

College junior, senior, or recent graduate with at least 1 year’s training in a natural resources related field or related experience in invasive species management (can be a combination of past job experience, academic work, volunteer work, etc)

Dates and Compensation

  • May -September, 2014, 18 weeks total; flexible depending on the availability of the successful candidate
  • $11.77 - $14.00/hour DOE, plus mileage reimbursement if steward uses his/her own vehicle for work-related travel (no reimbursement for daily commute to office)
  • 35-hour work week, generally Mondays through Fridays, but will include some weekends as trainings and events dictate. Some days, particularly those in remote locations, will be longer than 8 hours

Application Process

All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59PM Eastern Time on February 6th, 2014.

To apply, click here to go to the The Nature Conservancy’s Career Page ( In the "Basic Job Search" box, enter 41718 in the "Keywords" field and hit enter.

Please submit your cover letter and resume in one document. In your cover letter include an explanation of how this internship position fits with your career goals and conservation interests and describe your interest in the Adirondacks.

Click here for full job description

For more information, contact:

Hilary Smith, Director
Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program
The Nature Conservancy - Adirondack Chapter
PO Box 65
Keene Valley, NY 12943