Position Opening: Invasives Strike Force Crew Member – NY/NJ

NY/NJ Trail Conference Conservation Corps

Position Opening: Invasives Strike Force Crew Member

Spend your summer outdoors protecting natural resources, gaining valuable

experience in the field, and making a difference in ecosystem-level

conservation!  If you are looking to prevent ecological damage before it

happens, join the Invasives Strike Force.  Employing the most effective

techniques to stop invasive plants, Invasives Strike Force crew members

spend nearly every work day outside in the beautiful Lower Hudson Valley of

New York State and northern New Jersey, working to contain and eliminate

invasive plants from the extensive parks and wild areas just outside of New

York City. If you want to work with a team of peers, network with regional

leaders in conservation, protect the environment, build a solid base in

field botany and invasive plant control, and maximize your environmental

impact, a position with the Invasives Strike Force might be a good fit for


Program Overview:

The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference is a non-profit organization

focused on the stewardship of more than 2,150 miles of hiking trails

throughout southern New York and northern New Jersey. The New York-New

Jersey Trail Conference Conservation Corps (TCCC) program encompasses our

seasonal crews focused on trail construction or invasive species control.

Our Invasives Strike Force (ISF) crews are TCCC crews which survey areas

for emerging invasive species and respond quickly to priority species with

aggressive control tools. ISF Crew members work with a wide range of park

partners at multiple sites throughout southern NY and northern NJ and will

be supported by an existing base of volunteers, the Terrestrial Invasive

Species Project Manager and the Director of Land Stewardship.  For more

information about our Corps, check out https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.nynjtc.org%2Fcorps&data=02%7C01%7Ceric.schultz%40uconn.edu%7C98345a350fd345f944d108d6c895cda1%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636916943074126367&sdata=amVf4OzTOhO9hsXYBqmG5ONpZ5WqOuXPNBaPMpSIZPI%3D&reserved=0

We are seeking an individual who shares our passion for conservation and

the outdoors to join our crew in controlling non-native invasive plant

species entering our region.  The 4-person crew will perform both manual

removal and chemical treatment of invasive plants. All crew members will

become NY Pesticide Apprentices and NJ Pesticide Operators and may then be

eligible to take exams for licensing.  Crew members may also assist with

training workshops to teach volunteers.

Plant identification and eradication training will be provided (some

experience is preferred).   This is primarily an outdoor position and will

include periods of camping for multiple days at work sites. Crew members

will manage data and write reports and create maps on activities

weekly.  Weekend work is required – work week is Thursday to Monday with

Tuesday and Wednesdays off.

Service Location: Lower Hudson Valley Region of New York and Northern New


Term of Service: 900 hour term of service, May through October, weekend

work required

Start Date: May 2 or May 28.

Duties and Responsibilities:

* Learn proper techniques for pesticide application in New York and New

Jersey and follow all applicable rules and regulations regarding the use of


* Keep accurate, timely and detailed records of activities

* Prepare reports on work completed and log data collected

* Work professionally at all times with crew members, community volunteers,

and park partners.

* Lead and co-lead invasive removal volunteer work days

* Conduct independent invasive removals and treatments along hiking trails,

including mechanical removal and/or application of herbicides

* Conduct surveys of natural areas for targeted invasive plants, includes

use of hand-held GPS

* Create maps in ArcMap utilizing data gathered in the field with GPS units

* Assist with training volunteers on invasive plant identification and

removal techniques

* Informally educate the public about invasive plants and recruit volunteers

* Properly use and care for tools and equipment and follow all safety


Skills and Attributes Required:

* Must be able to conduct physically strenuous field work in rugged terrain

* Must be able to hike up to 4 miles carrying up to 30 lbs of equipment

over uneven and/or steep terrain

* Must have demonstrated teamwork skills and/or experience leading


* Must be organized, responsible and detail-oriented

* Must have excellent oral and written communication skills

* Must hold and maintain a valid driver’s license

* Must have access to a reliable vehicle for transportation to field sites

Preferred Skills and Attributes:

* NY licensed pesticide applicator or technician, or be a licensed

applicator in a state which has reciprocal licensing with NY (NJ, PA, OH,

VT, RI, CT and IN).

* Ability to identify native and invasive vegetation of New York and New


* Experience using a hand-held GPS

* Knowledge of ArcMap/ArcGIS

* Demonstrated outreach skills and teaching experience

* Backpacking experience, camping experience and/or outdoor field work


* Experience using power equipment such as weedwhacker/brush cutters

Benefits for Members

* Free rustic, lakeside housing at a local park

* Bi-weekly pre-tax living allowance $12,071 total

* Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $3,047.50 available upon successful

completion of the program

* Opportunity for qualified student loan deferment

* Training in Wilderness First Aid/CPR/AED and Leave No Trace Principles

* Training as a NY pesticide apprentice and NJ pesticide operator, or

continuing education for licensed pesticide applicators or technicians

* Opportunity to work in a variety of different parks and preserves

throughout the region and network with many local park managers and

environmental professionals.

* Opportunity to serve local communities and the public by making a

difference in the environment and improving habitats in a tangible way

* Being recognized as a member of an accomplished AmeriCorps Program

Enrollment Requirements:

An individual must be at least 18 years of age; have a high school diploma

or GED; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien; pass a three-part

national service criminal history check of the national sex-offender

registry, state repository check, and FBI fingerprint check; and complete

all pre-service orientation and training requirements.  Documentation of

age, education and citizenship are due by the first day of orientation.

Criminal history checks will be initiated before the start of service; an

individual will be ineligible if s/he is required to register on the

National Sex Offender Registry, has been convicted of murder, or fails to

disclose any previous conviction. Other convictions or pending charges will

be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with program policy.

To Apply:

Go to https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nynjtc.org%2Fjob-openings&data=02%7C01%7Ceric.schultz%40uconn.edu%7C98345a350fd345f944d108d6c895cda1%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636916943074136381&sdata=bmaZX08FJy0rYbqXK7LbIDe2X%2BHx2QuqNnO%2FFreHBQo%3D&reserved=0

Applications accepted until the position is filled.

Linda Rohleder, PhD

Director of Land Stewardship, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

Coordinator, Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species


600 Ramapo Valley Road | Mahwah, NJ 07430

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