Summary:
The Suffolk County Water Authority is seeking an Ecological Field Specialist to assist with the planning and implementation of ecological management and stewardship activities and projects in the Central Pine Barrens that foster biological diversity, natural resource conservation, water resource protection, and ecosystem protection and restoration, and the implementation of a scientific ecological research program. (This position is part-time, 28 hours a week, and fringe benefits are not provided).
 

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Posted Date:
11/19/2019
 

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Position Type:
Part Time
 

Division:
Central Pine Barrens
 

Description:

The Suffolk County Water Authority is seeking an Ecological Field Specialist to assist with the planning and implementation of ecological management and stewardship activities and projects in the Central Pine Barrens that foster biological diversity, natural resource conservation, water resource protection, and ecosystem protection and restoration, and the implementation of a scientific ecological research program. (This position is part-time, 28 hours a week, and fringe benefits are not provided).

Responsibilities include:
• Assists with planning, implementation and coordination of conservation and restoration field projects including forest health monitoring; invasive species control; ecological restoration; prescribed fire; outdoor recreational, cultural and scenic resource enhancement; erosion control; urban and community forestry; dumping remediation; vegetation inventories; mapping; native seed collection; water resources protection; erosion control and similar stewardship field work, including work with multiple agencies.
• Supports development/implementation of scientific research programs which includes the performance of data collection, data analysis, synthesis, archiving, and publication for a long-term ecological monitoring program, ecological monitoring of restoration projects and collaborative and independent applied research aimed at protecting and restoring ecosystems;
• Helps communicate research findings through written reports and correspondence and may also assist in preparation and submission of research papers to peer-reviewed scientific journals, and professional presentations.
• Assists in planning and organization of scientific research forums and other professional symposia.
• Assists with interns’ and volunteers’ coordination to deliver high quality projects.

Qualifications:
• Associates Degree in ecology, conservation biology, forestry or related field with Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
• Knowledge of Pine Barrens biota and ecosystems; strong foundation in conservation biology and restoration ecology principles pertaining to pine barrens ecological communities, fire ecology and prescribed fire and invasive species
• Ability to identify Pine Barrens plants and animals and use taxonomic keys.
• Demonstrated knowledge experience in natural resource management, stewardship projects, ecological restoration and monitoring, ecological field research, experimental design, and prescribed fire.
• Demonstrated working knowledge of ecological sampling methods and statistics; ability to use forestry instruments and field tools such as mowers, chainsaws, and other equipment used in natural resource management.
• Experience performing ecological restoration, planting, cultivating trees, and similar work; knowledge or direct experience in applying adaptive management principles, use of various ecological restoration tools including herbicide application, mowing and similar tools;
• Proficient in using GPS units; remote sensing and GIS programs (especially ESRI ArcGIS software) for data collection, resource inventories and mapping; reading and interpreting maps and aerial photographs;
• Able to work outdoors in woods and other natural settings, involving some physical exertion and at times inclement weather, more difficult field conditions, exposure to insects including ticks, poison ivy, animals and other natural elements;
• Ability to operate motor vehicles, including 4WD truck. Knowledge of Federal and State laws and regulations related to wetlands; rare, threatened and endangered species; species of special concern and NEPA and SEQRA.
• Demonstrated skill with programs such as MS Word, PowerPoint, MS Excel, MS Outlook Adobe Acrobat; email and internet.
• Excellent communication and writing skills, ability to take initiative, work independently, and work cooperatively on a team.

*The Authority may accept an equivalent combination of education and experience to meet the requirements*
Interested candidates should submit their application, resume, and transcripts, including salary requirements via the SCWA website (www.scwa.com) and select “Career Opportunities.” Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
(The Authority shall not employ relatives of employees as defined to mean an employee's spouse, child, stepchild, stepparent or direct descendant of grandparents of the employee as defined in the New York State General Municipal Law 810.)
Directors and Managers should bring this to the attention of all employees and post on bulletin board.