Position Announcement

Mohonk Preserve, New York State’s largest member & visitor supported nature preserve, is seeking a dependable team member to fill the position of:

Invasive Species Technician – Seasonal, Part-time

About the Position:
Mohonk Preserve has received a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation (DEC) Invasive Species Grant Program in support of a project to implement early detection, rapid response, and controls for Spotted lanternfly (SLF) and Ailanthus altissima (Tree-of-Heaven).

As a member of the Conservation Science team within the Conservation & Community Education
Department, the Invasive Species Technician will primarily assist with grant project activities include
detection, mapping, monitoring, and destruction of Ailanthus and SLF egg masses, nymphs, and adults.
Secondary duties include assisting with our Invasive Species Program which entails engaging with
community science volunteers in field activities and increasing public awareness of SLF and Ailanthus
through event programming, media communications, and new signage at our trailheads.
The Technician will also be responsible for entering and managing the collected data.

The position is supervised by the Forester and requires working closely with other department and
Mohonk Preserve staff. This hourly, grant-funded position is primarily field based and runs for
approximately 30 weeks, May-November 2024, for a maximum of 29 hours per week. Potential
opportunity for continued part-time work in 2025.

Compensation:
$20.00/hour; housing available upon request

Essential Functions:

  • Comprehensive hiking surveys of SLF activity
  •  Installation and maintenance of SLF traps
  • Forest stand hiking surveys to map areas of Ailanthus infestation
  • Forest vegetation surveying (including species identification, as well as data collection of plant heights/percent cover, tree dbh, canopy cover, deer-browse presence and habitat quality
  • Assisting the Forester with herbicide application
  • Manual removal of invasives using tools and equipment like shovels, hatchets, brush cutters, pullerbears, etc.
  • Using iMapInvasives to track observations
  • Record, manage, enter and perform quality checks on scientific data
  • Assisting the Community Science Coordinator with volunteer engagement and activity
  • Perform other related duties to support department and Preserve as assigned by the Forester

Desired Skills and Experience:
At Mohonk Preserve, our priority is finding the best candidate for the job. We encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet all the qualifications or have a less traditional background.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Forestry, Ecology or related field OR equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience conducting fieldwork required
  • Experience identifying Northeastern vegetation is preferred, or the ability or desire to learn (training is provided)
  • Experience navigating off-trail using GPS coordinates (training is provided)
  • Capable (and enthusiastic) to occasionally walk several miles in a given day carrying a backpack over uneven terrain in potentially adverse field conditions (biting insects, rain, heat, humidity, etc.)
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail with both fieldwork and managing data
  • Proficient computer skills – Microsoft Office 365 applications, remote work platforms (e.g.) Teams, Zoom
  • Must be able to work independently and interact professionally with a variety of Preserve stakeholders
  • Ability to work irregular hours, including early mornings and possibly weekends
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Bonus skills:
      • Coursework related to forestry, dendrology, field botany, or plant taxonomy
      • Experience with handling and/or applying herbicides
      • Experience using ArcGIS and digital mapping tools
      • Experience identifying and managing invasive plants in natural areas
      • Experience with data management and analysis
      • Bi-lingual

Physical Demands:

  • Frequently uses a computer keyboard, reads, writes
  • Frequently works outdoors
  • Requires standing, walking, hiking, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, carrying equipment, sometimes for extended periods of time
  • Occasional events indoors or outdoors outside standard office hours and in other locations around the Preserve.

Location:
Mohonk Preserve’s main offices are located at our Visitor Center in Gardiner, NY. This position will be
based out of the Preserve’s Daniel Smiley Research Center (DSRC) on the grounds of the Mohonk Mountain House resort. Mohonk Preserve offers hybrid work schedules at this time – coordinated with their supervisor and depending on the job, staff may be able to split time working remotely, as well as in the office and in-person on the land. Generally standard working hours, with some flexibility, to be coordinated with supervisor.

Mohonk Preserve is a smoke-free campus.

Benefits:

  • Direct payroll deposit
  • Mohonk Preserve membership for duration of the position
  • Access to lands and some activities of Mohonk Mountain House Resort
    Eligibility for certain benefits is dependent upon a variety of factors including employment status.

How to Apply:

Applications accepted via e-mail only. Please submit as a single PDF: cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for 3 professional references by 5PM EST April 19th, 2024 to:
research@mohonkpreserve.org
Include “Invasive Species Technician” in email subject line.

The anticipated start date of this position is May 6th, 2024; start date somewhat flexible.
No phone calls please.

This job announcement is not intended to represent a complete, comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities that may be required in this position. There may be unplanned activities and other duties assigned.