The Natural Areas Program of Cornell Botanic Gardens is seeking a full time, temporary six month position as a Natural Areas Steward.
Under the direction of the Director of Natural Areas and Stewardship Coordinator, assist in the oversight of all aspects of the site management, restoration, and protection of Cornell Botanic Gardens on- and off-campus natural areas. As a member of the stewardship crew, work to implement and execute stewardship activities and special projects. Carry out programs for boundary posting, site monitoring, invasive species control, and nuisance wildlife abatements. Use accepted Natural Areas management techniques to promote the desired conditions particular to each ecological community or native species. Collect natural resource information, and use GIS/GPS to monitor sites, orient and post boundaries, or other conditions. Participate in CBG programs to protect rare and scarce native plants in Natural Areas, propagate native plants of local genotypes, and restore them to protected habitats. Conduct routine preserve maintenance activities including reporting hazards and conducting trail maintenance. Work with interns, volunteers, student workers, and other staff as a member of the natural areas stewardship crew. Ensure that work is conducted in a safe manner. Substantial manual labor is involved requiring physical fitness, awareness of safety issues, and proper application and handling of pesticides.
Associates degree in natural resources, conservation or related field, and two years of related field experience or Bachelor's degree and one-half year related field experience required. Must have and maintain a valid NYS Certified Pesticide Technician's license or willingness and ability to work as a NYS Pesticide Apprentice under a licensed Pesticide Applicator. Must have knowledge of and skill with GIS/GPS equipment. Must have and maintain NYS driver's license. Must be able to work in a team environment as well as independently to accomplish required tasks and achieve departmental objectives. Must be personable and flexible, possess good organizational and communication skills, and take pride in work. Must be able to develop effective working relationships with a variety of people. Must be aware of Natural Areas concerns, conservation methods and protocols, and be sensitive to Natural Areas preservation and wildlife control issues. Must know plant nomenclature and be able to identify a wide range of native and naturalized herbaceous and woody plants. Must know natural ecological communities and native plants associated with community types. Must know invasive plant species issues, and be able to implement treatments for control. Must be willing to work with pesticides and chemicals. Must have experience in the safe operation and use of equipment such as front deck mower, flail and hand mower, tractor, brush hog, string trimmer and chainsaw. Must be physically capable of performing the functions associated with this position, and willing to work under varying climatic conditions (heat, cold, precipitation, etc.). Requires physical fitness and the ability lift heavy objects (up to 75lbs). May be required to report to work outside of the regularly scheduled shift to address CBG's time-sensitive operational needs or to assist with departmental emergencies, or to deal with issues of public safety.
Hourly pay will be $15/hour. The term of the position will be for 6 months. Anticipated start date is April 27th.
University Job Title:Temp Serv Labor
Level:No Grade - Hourly
Pay Rate Type:Hourly
Contact Name:Cynthialina Santos
Number of Openings:1
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