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SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Research Scientist Descriptive Title: Field Project Coordinator in Albany, New York

Location: Albany, NY Category: Research Foundation Posted On: Wed Jan 4 2023 Job Description:

Title: Research Scientist

Campus Title: Field Project Coordinator

Department: New York Natural Heritage Program

Location: Albany, NY

Salary: Minimum $55,341 per year (Full time)


The New York Natural Heritage Program (NYNHP) is a program of the Research Foundation for the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY- ESF) whose mission is to facilitate the conservation of New York's biodiversity by providing comprehensive information and scientific expertise on rare species and natural ecosystems. NYNHP works in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and other state, federal and private organizations involved in natural resource management, land protection and stewardship, and advancing the conservation of biodiversity.

Summary of Position

The Field Project Coordinator provides support for biological surveys conducted by NYNHP primarily on the Fort Drum Military Installation located in Fort Drum, NY. This position works closely with NYNHP biologists and Fort Drum Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch staff to coordinate field logistics, supervise seasonal crews, and ensure field data collected meets all federal/DoD data collection standards.

This position is based out of Albany, NY, but located at Fort Drum during the field season (spring to fall). On-base housing is provided during the field season.

Brief Description of Duties:

  • Supervise a large field crew of seasonal technicians collecting data on invasive plant species on the Fort Drum Military Installation located in Fort Drum, NY. This includes coordinating timing and location of surveys, ensuring crew safety, and training crew on species identification and data collection protocols.

  • Assemble team of qualified field technicians for invasive species data collection by advertising and interviewing, and then assisting with the hiring process as needed.

  • Communicate regularly with Fort Drum Natural Resources staff on invasive species survey priorities and inform staff about significant findings in the field.

  • Manage invasives field data by performing regular GPS downloads and backups and performing quality control checks. Work with the Fort Drum GIS manager to ensure the data framework aligns to US Army standards and data is regularly delivered to Fort Drum staff.

  • Send weekly updates and quarterly project progress reports on invasive plant surveys to Fort Drum and NYNHP staff.

  • Coordinate on-base housing and rental vehicles for all NYNHP field crews working on Fort Drum on a variety of ecological projects. This will require working with multiple project managers who have field crews working on the base.

  • Coordinate the purchasing of equipment and supplies for all NYNHP projects being conducted at Fort Drum. This will require working with multiple project managers who have field crews working on the base.

  • Work with Fort Drum Range Control daily to select allowable survey locations for all NYNHP field crews working on the base.

  • Be available to all NYNHP field crews for troubleshooting issues that arise with field equipment and NYNHP network access while working at Fort Drum.

  • As needed, assist NYNHP biologists in data analysis and fieldwork across New York State.

    Job Requirements:

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in zoology, natural history, natural resources, environmental science, forestry, biology, ecology, geography, geographic information systems, or related field.

  • Course work or field experience in one or more of the following areas: community ecology, wetland systems, botany, plant ecology, and zoology or wildlife management.

  • Experience supervising others in field work assignments.

  • Experience with ArcMap or related computer mapping products.

  • Experience with handheld GPS and field data collection devices

  • Willingness to be stationed at Fort Drum during the field season and conduct field surveys, sometimes in remote locations.

  • As per Fort Drum requirements, must be U.S. citizen and a background check will be conducted.

  • Possession of a valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in zoology, natural history, natural resources, environmental science, forestry, biology, ecology, geography, geographic information systems, or related field.

  • Familiarity with field sampling methods and collecting biological/environmental data

  • Familiarity with aerial photography and field navigation using aerial and topographic maps.

  • Knowledge of regional fauna and flora, natural communities, ecosystems, or ecosystem processes.

  • Familiarity with taxonomic keys and field guides.

  • Experience with Trimble GPS units and related software

Working Conditions/Physical Effort

  • May travel throughout New York State conducting field work and may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances, in isolated settings.

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