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Jan 6, 2014

Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program seeks Summer Invasive Species Management Steward

Projects  |  Qualifications  |  Dates/Salary Application Process  |  Job Description  |  More Information

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 (nature.org/careers). 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
518-576-2082
hsmith@tnc.org

 





Dec 20, 2013

WANTED: Coordinator: NY Invasive Species Research Institute

EMPLOYER:  Cornell University

The New York Invasive Species Research Institute (NYISRI) located at Cornell University is seeking a new Coordinator. This position (Senior Extension Associate level) provides leadership and coordination of invasive species research and integration with related outreach, for New York State and the general northeastern US and southeastern Canada.

LOCATION:  Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

The Coordinator will help ensure that the NYISRI collaborates closely with the New York State Invasive Species Council, state and federal agencies, other components of the Sew York State invasive species response system, and regional entities to coordinate and prioritize needs and funding of invasive species research. 

The Coordinator will serve as the point of contact for the NYISRI, as well as help to develop research priorities and needs, develop partnerships among experts in government agencies, academia, and the private sector, facilitate and coordinate research efforts and ensure their integration with extension/outreach activities.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. or M.S. in conservation, applied field ecology, wildlife management or other ecologically based pest management in related fields. Broad knowledge and experience related to invasive species is required. An ability to effectively interact and communicate with academics, extension personnel, government entities and the public is required. Previous experience with invasive species research/education is desirable.

STARTING DATE:     April 2014 (or as soon as possible thereafter)

APPLICATION:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin in early January 2014. Application instructions and contact person are specified in the attached NYISRI Coordinator Position Description.





Dec 19, 2013

Eurasian Boars No Longer “Fair Game” In New York

Full NYSDEC Press Release


 

For Release:  IMMEDIATE                                                       Contact:  Lori Severino
Friday, December 13, 2013                                                     (518) 402-8000


 

EURASIAN BOARS NO LONGER FAIR GAME IN NEW YORK
Proposed Regulations Would Prohibit Hunting or Trapping of Wild Boars in New York

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner (DEC) Joe Martens today announced the proposal of new regulations that would prohibit hunting or trapping of free-ranging Eurasian boars in New York. The proposal is designed to ensure maximum effectiveness of DEC’s statewide eradication efforts.  Public comments on the proposed regulations will be accepted until January 25, 2014.

Eurasian boars are a great threat to natural resources, agricultural interests, private property and public safety wherever they occur, Commissioner Martens said.  It’s important that we do all in our power to ensure that this invasive species does not become established in the wild anywhere in New York State. 

Eurasian boars were brought to North America centuries ago and wild populations numbering in the millions now occur across much of the southern U.S.  In recent years, wild boar populations have been appearing in more northern states too, often as a result of escapes from enclosed shooting facilities that offer wild boar hunts.

Governor Cuomo signed legislation on October 21, 2013 which immediately prohibited the importation, breeding or introduction to the wild of any Eurasian boars.  Furthermore, the law prohibits possession, sale, transport or marketing of live Eurasian boars as of September 1, 2015.  The new law was an essential step in the state’s efforts to prevent Eurasian boars from becoming established in the wild. 

However, there are already small numbers of Eurasian boars on the landscape in New York.  Since 2000, wild boars have been reported in many counties across the state, and breeding in the wild has been confirmed in at least six counties (Tioga, Cortland, Onondaga, Clinton, Sullivan and Delaware) in recent years.  DEC is working closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program to remove any Eurasian boars that are reported in New York, and to date more than 150 animals have been captured and destroyed.  However, eradication is expensive, time consuming and requires a great deal of manpower. 

Many hunters have offered to assist our efforts by hunting for boars wherever they occur, but experience has shown this to be counter-productive, Martens said.  As long as swine may be pursued by hunters, there is a potential conflict with our swine eradication efforts.  Eurasian boars often join together to form a ‘sounder’, the name for a group of pigs sometimes numbering 20 or more individuals. Shooting individual boars as opportunities arise is ineffective as an eradication method, and this often causes the remaining animals to disperse and be more difficult to remove. 

Hunters pursuing wild boars in locations where baited traps have been established by DEC or USDA can also undermine these costly and labor-intensive capture efforts.  Shooting may remove one or two animals but the rest of the sounder scatters and rarely comes back together as a group, thereby hampering eradication efforts.  In addition to prohibiting take of free-ranging swine by hunters, the proposed regulation would prohibit anyone from disturbing traps set for wild boars or otherwise interfering with Eurasian boar eradication activities.  Hunting wild boar can be done at hunting preserves until 2015.

The proposed regulations provide necessary exceptions for state and federal wildlife agencies, law enforcement agencies, and others who are authorized by DEC to take Eurasian boar to alleviate nuisance, property damage, or threats to public health or welfare.

Commissioner Martens encouraged anyone who observes a Eurasian boar (dead or alive) in the wild in New York to report it as soon as possible to the nearest DEC regional wildlife office or to: 
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us and include Feral Swine in the subject line.

Since it is sometimes difficult to distinguish a domestic pig, pot belly pig or Eurasian boar based solely on a description, reporting of all feral swine is encouraged.  Please report the number of animals seen, whether any of them were piglets, the date, and the exact location (county, town, distance and direction from an intersection, nearest landmark, etc.). Photographs of feral swine are greatly appreciated, so please try and get a picture and include it with your report.

Text of the proposed regulation was published in the New York State Register on December 11, 2013.  The full text of the regulation change and instructions for submitting comments can be found on DEC’s website at
http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/34113.html. Comments on the proposed regulations can be sent by email to WildlifeRegs@gw.dec.state.ny.us or mailed to: Kelly Stang, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754. Hard copies of the full text may be requested from the same address listed above.

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