The Terrestrial Invasive Species (TIS) Coordinator is responsible for coordinating, managing, planning, and delivering of terrestrial invasive species prevention, management and restoration programs designed to protect the environment from the negative impacts from invasive species. Additionally, the position provides technical leadership and support to partner organizations; collects and summarizes field data into reports; and maintains program tools and equipment. The coordinator is responsible for public education and outreach regarding slowing the spread and prevention of terrestrial invasive species throughout the Capital/Mohawk Region.
The TIS Coordinator trains volunteers from partner organizations on the TIS data collection process. The TIS Coordinator is responsible for supervising Capital/Mohawk PRISM seasonal staff who provide on the ground inventory, data collection, and mapping of invasive species throughout the PRISM as well as education and outreach.
The Capital Mohawk Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) hosted by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County is seeking a qualified Terrestrial Invasive Species Coordinator to help protect our lands and waters by joining our invasive species team on a full time, regular basis. The Capital Mohawk PRISM is in year two of administering a five-year contract (2018-2022) funded through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation via the Environmental Protection Fund.
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All applications must be received on-line by September 30, 2019. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
Bachelor's Degree in natural resources, environmental science, resource management, conservation, or related fields. Associates Degree in related field and two years' transferrable program experience may substitute for a Bachelor's degree.
Experience relevant to the role of the position.
Ability to meet frequent travel requirements associated with this position. A valid NYS driver's license with the ability to drive and driving record acceptable for agency insurance coverage are required. Frequent use of personal vehicle for driving between work sites is required.
Ability to work flexible hours which frequently includes evenings, weekends and holidays, as appropriate.
Program Skills - Ability to effectively manage, coordinate, deliver, and evaluate related programs. Serve as an effective subject matter resource for program volunteers, participants, outside organizations and others. Ability to recruit, engage and motivate volunteers and program participants. Ability to work independently and meet deadlines. Ability to collect, process, and analyze program data. Ability to utilize program resources within the community. Ability to effectively participate in PRISM conservation teams and other professional team efforts.
Communication & Marketing Skills - Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with the public, governmental offices, program participants, volunteers, employees and others. Ability to generate a credible media presence in the community. Ability to effectively market program through social, print and other media, resulting in robust program participation. Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
Computer Skills - Proficiency or ability to learn and effectively use software including use of the internet, program related software, and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel. Ability to educate and/or train constituents on common program related software applications.
Work Environment - In addition to the Working Conditions; the work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. This position works in a typical office environment. In addition, the position frequently lifts, moves, or transports program related materials, and equipment. The position frequently works in natural environment and outdoor weather conditions including extreme heat, precipitation and cold, identifying and performing and/or demonstrating removal techniques (manual removal of weeds and shrubs) for terrestrial invasive species by positioning self (for example, pulling, bending, reaching, touching, kneeling, using hands to feel/reach) along with utilizing landscaping tools like pruners, loppers, and shovels.
2-3 years' experience in natural resource management, or ecological land management principles, or other related fields
working knowledge in contemporary forest concepts and practices including restoration, regeneration, and climate concepts
terrestrial invasive species identification and management
geographic information systems and global positioning systems
working with municipal planning boards and/or environmental management agencies
training technical concepts in formal settings
writing, desktop publishing, public speaking/education proficiency
knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource conservation measures
license and/or experience as a pesticide applicator
Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions
Coordination/Operation - 70%
Conduct early detection searches (surveys) for emerging and high threat species within priority conservation areas.
Collect applied research data (invasive species discovered during survey process) based on existing framework providing information to NYS DEC, Cornell University, or others.
Schedule field activities and invasive species control work.
Obtain property access and permitting for invasive species management.
Coordinate high impact, ecologically sound removal and restoration efforts that result in site climate adaptation and/or resiliency.
Effectively maintain existing professional relationships with other agencies, organizations and businesses that promote effective communication and facilitate continued programming efforts.
Orient and train seasonal staff on program delivery and the data collection methods via tablets.
Meets or exceeds targeted TIS program goals assigned by the Team Leader.
Implement the established TIS program schedule. Schedule TIS events, meetings and trainings to foster contact and relationship building with constituent audiences.
Maintain teaching materials and program supplies necessary for TIS program applying existing subject matter knowledge. Coordinate, compile and organize existing program resources and program materials.
Collect TIS data via tablets based on existing framework.
Tabulate, compile and manipulate collected TIS data for program reporting purposes and for recommended treatment and control areas.
Collect program needs assessment information through interactions with program participants, based on existing framework.
Coordinate the program implementation efforts, planning and activities.
Provide information as requested to assist with preparation of reports, impact statements, and success stories on program progress and accomplishments for funders, advisory committees, Board and others as necessary.
Prepare and submit expense report.
Provide input to supervisor for budget preparation.
Assist in implementing a shared program vision, building understanding around the PRISM mission and the advancement of the mission.
Draft standard and nonstandard reports and communications, requiring only occasional guidance from supervisor.
Assist with coordination of marketing and promotion of the TIS programming through public relation initiatives and networking/collaborating with government, economic, educational and other organizations.
On a frequent basis transports self to program sites.
Frequently work in natural environment and outdoor weather conditions including extreme heat, precipitation and cold, identifying and performing and/or demonstrating removal techniques (manual removal of weeds and shrubs) for terrestrial invasive species along with utilizing landscaping tools like pruners, loppers, and shovels.
Frequently lift, move and/or transport program materials and resources to community-based settings.
Program Delivery - 10%
Achieve community support for management of high priority terrestrial invasive species infestations as part of the program delivery process.
Deliver existing informal and formal education and outreach programs designed to reduce the spread of terrestrial invasive species throughout the region. Conduct existing public education and outreach programs regarding the significance NY's terrestrial ecosystems and the impact of the spread of TIS in these ecosystems throughout the Capital/Mohawk PRISM region via community events, presentations, outreach material.
Train volunteers on terrestrial invasive species identification and removal.
Disseminate educational information, press releases, and website updates as requested as part of the program delivery process.
Foster acceptance of TIS program, methods and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
Train TIS partner organization volunteers on program delivery and the data collection method via tablets.
Utilizing established materials, serve as subject matter resource in discipline? provide standard responses. May assist in providing moderately complex nonstandard responses.
Interact with program participants.
Represent CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities as part of program delivery. Collaborate with and serve on PRISM conservation teams (i.e. steering committee, conservation committees for aquatics and terrestrial, agriculture, etc.) as needed.
Provide informal TIS education and collect related data at program sites when TIS Stewards are unavailable.
Utilize a variety of proven educational methodologies.
Provide educational program efforts via mass media. May assist in multidisciplinary team efforts to deliver program.
May assist in teaching innovative educational programs.
May assist in multi-association team efforts to deliver program.
May assist in ensuring that program delivery is within scope of the statewide Plan of Work.
Management - 10%
Provide technical leadership and support to the community at large on invasive species identification, best management practices, and removal strategies and techniques.
Solves problems and resolves conflicts that arise in the operation of TIS program, utilizing appropriate policies and procedures.
Manage TIS tablets and program data collected by Stewards and volunteers from partner organizations.
Provide guidance and resources for volunteers.
Recruit seasonal program staff.
Schedule seasonal staff, ensuring coverage at all program locations as needed.
Provide supervision to the seasonal staff. Addresses staff and volunteer adherence to TIS program delivery standards, attendance, personal appearance, etc. Escalates issues as needed to the Association Team Leader. Provide frequent check ins and on-call assistance to seasonal staff during their shifts via phone and on-site assistance. Carries out supervisory responsibilities under the guidance of the Team Leader and in accordance with the Association's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include assisting with interviewing, and hiring seasonal staff; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Assist in assuring positive, team-based employee relations.
Ensure the seasonal staff enter their field data correctly and in a timely manner.
Assist in managing the communication and marketing efforts for the program.
Direction - 5%
Provide input to the Team Leader to assist in planning the structure and delivery of established educational program goals.
Under the guidance of the Association Team Leader and in collaboration with then TIS Committee, assist in developing TIS Management Plan for the Capital/Mohawk Region.
Assist in proposing program budget based on established financial guidelines or procedures.
Assist in allocating program budget amounts.
Assist in developing program communication strategies
Make recommendations and influence the staffing plan development process
Professional Improvement - 5%
In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes and Association priorities.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety - Applied to all duties and functions.
Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar with and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.
EEO/EPO and Policy - Applied to all duties and functions.
Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public.
Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.
Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Saratoga County policies, procedures and Cornell Cooperative Extension Skills for Success.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.
This is a full time position, 40 hours per week. Compensation in the range of $18 per hour, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
Vacation, Sick and Personal time
NYS Health Insurance Program (including free Dental Insurance)
Long-term Disability Insurance
Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity
Voluntary Flexible Spending Accounts
Voluntary Group Universal Life Insurance
Voluntary Personal Accidental Insurance
Voluntary Legal Plan Insurance
Voluntary Long Term Care Insurance
Voluntary Auto and Homeowner's Insurance
Voluntary Pet Insurance
Voluntary New York's College Savings Program
No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.
The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform the essential functions of their job. If you require an accommodation so you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at 607-255-6120 or via email at: email@example.com.
For additional questions please contact Jim McNaughton, Association Lead Human Resources Manager, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (518) 765-3503.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are support of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.
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