Terrestrial Invasives Strike Force crew leader – NY

Date: Wed,  6 Jan 2021 13:20:48

From: Linda Rohleder <rohleder360@gmail.com>

Subject: Job: Terrestrial Invasives Strike Force crew leader – NY

Trail Conference Conservation Corps

1200-Hour Invasive Strike Force Crew Leader

Do you love the outdoors and want to protect it?

Thinking about a career in the environment? Come join the movement!

The Trail Conference Conservation Corps (TCCC) provides great opportunities

for outdoor lovers to become leaders in environmental conservation.

AmeriCorps members will spend summer outdoors protecting natural resources,

gaining valuable experience in the field, and making a difference in

ecosystem-level conservation.

The TCCC Invasives Strike Force (ISF) crew mitigates ecological damage by

employing the most effective techniques to stop invasive plants in southern

NY. Crew members spend most of their time managing invasive plants in the

field and will also gain office experience managing data. If you want to

lead a team of peers in environmental restoration projects, network with

regional leaders in conservation, and build outdoor leadership and

management skills, becoming a leader on the Invasives Strike Force crew

might be right for you!

We are seeking a crew leader who shares our passion for conservation and

the outdoors to join us in controlling non-native invasive plant species.

The crew leader will share our passion for conservation and the outdoors to

join us in controlling non-native invasive plant species. The crew leader

is responsible for working with the ISF Project Manager and Partners while

leading the crew to successful completion of projects. Plant identification

and management training will be provided, however it is expected that the

crew leader will have some experience already. ISF crew members will

perform both manual and chemical treatment of invasive plants and will

become NY Pesticide Apprentices with opportunity to train and take exams

for licensing.

This is primarily an outdoor position and includes periods of multi-day

camping at work sites. Office days are generally once a week. Weekend work

is required with Tuesdays and Wednesdays off. If you want to lead a team of

peers in environmental restoration projects, network with regional leaders

in conservation, and build outdoor leadership and management skills,

becoming a leader on the Invasives Strike Force crew might be right for you!

Program Overview:

Our AmeriCorps crews are trained by industry experts in sustainable trail

building, invasive species management, public outreach, volunteer

engagement, and outdoor leadership. You will receive a living stipend for

your service and are eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon

successful completion of the term of service.

Members learn and serve outside of the greater NY metropolitan area in one

of the nationâÂEURÂ(tm)s finest systems of public parks. The ISF crew implements the

regional strategy of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive

Species Management by surveying areas for new invaders to the region and

responding quickly to priority species using best management practices.

Members work with a wide range of park partners at multiple sites

throughout southern NY and will be supported by the Terrestrial Invasive

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

information about our Corps, visit https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nynjtc.org%2Fcorps&amp;data=04%7C01%7Cpat.anderson%40uconn.edu%7C71b3880370f94707912008d8b2f54bea%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637456113933565273%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=ByJyeNGaokchWqh96QJj2OzFrkC3ouMMzeXAmYev7eg%3D&amp;reserved=0.

Service Location: The Lower Hudson Valley of New York

Term of Service: A minimum of 1200-hour term of service April 6th through

November 19th, mostly Thursday-Monday (hours may vary from 7:00 AM-7:00

PM), including weekends and some holidays. Members are also required to

take a 1/2 hour lunch which does not count towards service hours. While on

duty, successful candidates will wear a provided uniform.

Duties and Responsibilities:

* Assist Project Manager with season planning, including scouting

locations, partner coordination, and preparing training materials

* Assist with training crew members and volunteers on invasive plant

identification and removal techniques, as well as informally educate the

public and recruit volunteers

* Supervise, motivate, direct, and coordinate crew members and volunteers

as a team including project management, delegation of tasks, and quality

control in the field and office

* Conduct manual and chemical invasive removals and treatments in natural


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

use of hand-held GPS

* Learn proper techniques for pesticide application and follow all

applicable rules and regulations regarding the use of pesticides

* Keep accurate, timely, and detailed records of activities

* Collect and log data and prepare reports on work completed

* Prepare maps utilizing ArcMap and GPS data collected in the field

* Ensure safety precautions are followed, including proper use and care of


* Serve as a role model, facilitator, and educator to crew members and


* Encourage good work ethic and set work pace

* Provide guidance and support, conflict resolution, and build crew cohesion

* Members may not engage in any Prohibited Activities as outlined in the

Member Service Agreement

ISF Crew Leaders are prohibited from signing crew member timesheets,

evaluating crew member performance, disciplining crew members,

enrolling/dismissing crew members, writing and/or signing program reports,

managing the programâÂEURÂ(tm)s payroll and budget.

Required Skills and Attributes:

* Ability to inspire, encourage, and lead the team to successful completion

of projects

* Project management and crew leadership experience, preferably in an

outdoor setting

* Organized, responsible, and detail-oriented with demonstrated ability to


* Ability to maintain a positive attitude in adverse conditions and under

last-minute changes

* Professional demeanor at all times with crew members, volunteers, and

park partners

* Able to conduct physically strenuous field work, hiking up to 4 miles

carrying up to 30 lbs of equipment over rugged terrain and strenuous

environmental conditions (heat, cold, rain, ticks, mosquitos, bees, bears,

snakes, spiders, etc.)

* Excellent oral and written communication skills

* Must hold a valid driverâÂEURÂ(tm)s license and access to a reliable vehicle for

transportation to field sites

Preferred Skills and Attributes:

* College education in ecology, biology, natural resources management or

related field

* Pesticide application experience

* Ability to identify native and invasive vegetation of the northeast

* Experience with ArcGIS software, ArcCollector, and with using hand-held

GPS units

* Demonstrated outreach skills and teaching experience

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

Member Benefits:

* Free rustic, lakeside housing at a local park may be provided from May

13th-October 26th (subject to change due to pandemic); Work will be done

remotely outside of the above time frame.

* Bi-weekly pre-tax living allowance of $848.48; $14,000 total

* Eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of

the term of service totaling $4,336.50

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

* Training in environmentally friendly pesticide application with

opportunity for licensing

* Being a recognized member of an accomplished AmeriCorps Program

* Opportunity for qualified student loan deferment and interest repayment

* Eligible for SNAP (food stamp) benefits

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://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nynjtc.org%2Fcontent%2Fcorps&amp;data=04%7C01%7Cpat.anderson%40uconn.edu%7C71b3880370f94707912008d8b2f54bea%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637456113933565273%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=gbV8K39SCemObdwEC2al1emXVbDjkqhuuVb8wXL2xfo%3D&amp;reserved=0

Applications accepted until positions are filled.

For questions, email Conservation Corps Manager, Tori Finn at