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NYS OPRHP- Invasive Species Technician

Position Vacancy, 2020
Title: Invasive Species Technician
Position Type: Seasonal appointment. Full time (40 hours/week). The position will last for 20 weeks, from approximately May 14, 2020 to October 1, 2020.               
Position Description: 
The regional Invasive Species Technician will work closely with the NYS OPRHP Regional Biologist, Stewardship Specialist, and Invasive Species Unit staff to meet regional and statewide stewardship goals. The work of the Invasive Species Technician will focus largely on supporting projects that involve the protection of rare, threatened and endangered species and natural communities on park lands and Historic Sites. Job duties will primarily involve the survey, management and monitoring of invasive species (both terrestrial and aquatic), but may also include: site restoration and monitoring, database management, project planning, and education/outreach, as well as other duties to be determined at the discretion of regional staff. Duties may vary slightly per region.
Position Locations:  
NYS OPRHP Taconic Region, stationed at James Baird State Park
Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Support regional Stewardship staff in planning projects to meet regional goals
  • Survey, remove, and/or monitor invasive species (aquatic and terrestrial plants, forest pest/pathogens)
  • Provide guidance and support to field staff and volunteers (ECC, SCA, FORCES, partners, etc.)
  • Collect and manage field data using standardized methods
  • Maintain up-to-date project information in statewide databases (DESP, AGOL, iMap)
  • Respond promptly to statewide Early Detection/Rapid Response needs
  • Organize and participate in education and outreach events
  • Conduct trainings for regional staff (Best Management Practices, iMap Invasives, etc.)
  • Perform native plantings/other restoration duties
  • A degree or experience in forestry, environmental studies, ecology, natural resources management, or a relevant discipline, such as aquatic ecology, conservation biology, etc.
  • Excellent organizational skills in a field setting
  • A working knowledge of GPS/GIS and ecological monitoring methods
  • Ability maintain a positive attitude while performing physical work in a variety of field conditions
  • Strong interest in and commitment to environmental stewardship and team-oriented approach to solving environmental challenges
  • Must possess a valid US Driver’s License as a term and condition of employment.
  • Ability to communicate in writing and to read and comprehend written material. 
  • Must be physically able to perform light to medium to heavy physical labor. 
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with other staff and park patrons.
  • The incumbent must be available to work a variable schedule, including evenings, weekends and holidays as needed.
Preferred Qualifications
  • One year or more experience with invasive species identification and control methods
  • Backcountry orienteering and Leave No Trace experience a plus
Pay rate is $15.26/hour.
To Apply:
Two (2) positions open until full. Mail or E-mail a completed Part 1 Pre-employment Application, resume, cover letter, and three references to Jesse Jaycox, NYS OPRHP, 9 Old Post Road, Staatsburg, NY 12580; email
Applicants should title their email LastName_ Invasive Species Technician Application. Part 1 Pre-employment Application can be found at the external application link.
Contacts: Please contact the following for more information:
Jesse Jaycox at 845-889-3868 or by email at
*Other invasive species positions may be available. Please visits to view.
It is the responsibility of each applicant to accurately describe their experience and demonstrate that they meet the minimum qualifications and agency operating needs.
 If you are interested in being considered for this vacancy, please submit your application and resume to, PO Box 308, Staatsburg, New York 12580. If you have any questions concerning the position, please contact Jesse Jaycox at 845-889-3868. All qualified persons are invited and encouraged to apply.
POSTING DATE: February 12, 2020
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