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Invasive Species Field Project and Outreach Coordinator

Brentwood NY

BACKGROUND

The Long Island Native Plant Initiative Inc. (LINPI) is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to conserve the genetic diversity of Long Island's native plants, with an emphasis on the production and use of ecotypes. The organization's activities include seed collection, propagation, and sale of native plant materials, as well as the education of horticulture professionals and the general public on the importance of conserving the genetics of native plant species. LINPI administers the Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (LIISMA), one of eight Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs) in New York State, in an effort to further protect the region's native plant populations through the prevention and management of invasive species. Major funding for LIISMA is provided by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund.

POSITION SUMMARY

The LIISMA Field Project and Outreach Coordinator is responsible for planning and implementing invasive species management, education, and outreach activities for the LIISMA PRISM. The candidate will provide leadership and technical support in the development and advancement of invasive species programs for the Long Island PRISM region, including Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, and Nassau and Suffolk counties. Activities may include, but are not limited to: developing and disseminating educational information and materials, leading education and training workshops, organizing and assisting with invasive species prevention and management, coordinating volunteers and interns, developing and implementing citizen science activities, responding to requests for information, assisting with media relations, coordinating education and outreach events, utilizing websites and social media, and conducting grant writing. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Field Project and Outreach Coordinator will assist the LIISMA Program Manager with various activities related to the LIISMA PRISM. The candidate will plan and implement education and outreach events, projects, and activities with the goal of increasing the awareness and effectiveness of invasive species prevention, management, and restoration. This position requires education and experience in invasive species management, natural resources management, ecology, communications, or a related field to perform the following functions:

Education and Outreach Coordination

• Foster learning and collaboration among diverse groups, including government agencies, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, land managers, private landowners, LINPI board members, other conservation partners, and the general public, to obtain support for LIISMA/LINPI programs and invasives species prevention, management, and restoration.
• Coordinate the planning and direction of a comprehensive and integrated invasive species education and outreach program.
• Identify and engage relevant audiences and stakeholders. Recommend and implement actions to educate and inform audiences about invasive species prevention, management, and restoration.
• Assist with cultivating and managing media relationships.
• Assist in the development and implementation of conferences, events, citizen science training, education workshops, and invasive species management plans.
• Coordinate intern and volunteer activities.
• Contribute updates and content for websites, newsletters, and social media.
• Provide program, project, and event budgets, timelines, and reports.
• Aid in the development and implementation of grants to advance programs.

Field Activities

• Coordinate and assist partners and volunteers in the identification, prevention, and management of terrestrial and aquatic invasive species, including the development of management plans.
• Address critical invasive species threats by planning, coordinating, conducting research, surveying, monitoring, and managing invasives species and restoring native ecosystems.
• Analyze species distribution trends and management efficiency through data collection programs, including geographic information systems and databases, in order to set priorities for prevention, management, and restoration. This includes the use of iMapInvasives and iNaturalist.
• Aid in the development and use of ecologically appropriate plant materials for restoration.
• Work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS

• Bachelor's degree in Natural Resources Management, Environmental Science, Ecology, Biology, Public Relations, Communications, or a related field.
• Two years of relevant experience is preferred. A master's degree can be substituted for experience.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Comfortable speaking in front of a wide variety of audiences.
• Ability to convey best management practices to technical and non-technical audiences.
• Leadership experience in managing interns, students, or volunteers.
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Constant Contact (preferred), website programs, and social media.
• Certification as a NYS Pesticide Commercial Applicator or Technician, or the ability to acquire certification within 120 days of hire.
• Must have a valid driver's license.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

• Knowledge of aquatic (freshwater and marine) and terrestrial habitats.
• Experience with SEQRA, threatened and endangered species, and wetland delineations and regulations, or willingness to learn.
• Skilled in data collection and processing of geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS), or willingness to learn.
• Experience in invasive and native species identification and management, including the ability to use dichotomous keys.
• Experience in professional or volunteer training and curriculum design.
• Experience with website and social media coordination.
• Experience writing or assisting in the creation of factsheets, lesson plans, and group activities.
• Experience in event planning.
• Experience in managing a budget.
• Success in grant and contract writing and administration.
• Experience in horticulture and nursery production.

WORK SCHEDULE CONDITIONS

Schedule: The position is a full-time salaried position. Most work will occur during regular business hours (Monday through Friday), with occasional duties and activities occurring on weekends and early evenings. Overnight travel for meetings and trainings will occasionally be required.

Conditions: The LIISMA coverage area extends from Richmond (Staten Island), Kings (Brooklyn), Queens, and Nassau and Suffolk counties, requiring travel within the New York City metro region across Long Island to Fishers Island and occasionally throughout New York State. The position entails work in both inside and outside locations where temperatures, weather, insects, and other climatic conditions will vary significantly. As such, the individual must be suited to working in such conditions without undue burden. At times, this position can require kneeling, stooping, extensive walking and hiking, kayaking and boating, lifting heavy objects up to 50 lbs., and occasional handling of pesticides or other chemical products. May require long hours in isolated settings and challenging field conditions or public spaces.

Compensation: This is a salaried position plus a generous benefits package.

TO APPLY

Send a cover letter and resume with three professional references in a single PDF document to Bill Jacobs, LIISMA Program Manager, at LIISMAPRISM@gmail.com no later than 5 p.m. on August 30, 2019. Please type "LIISMA Field Project and Outreach Coordinator" in the subject heading. No phone calls or email inquiries please.

 


Posted August 7, 2019



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