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Temporary Aquatic Invasive Species Strike Team Technician (Department of Biological Environmental Engineering); Warrensburg, New York

Cornell University

Cornell University

New York, NY, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 25, 2024

Temporary Aquatic Invasive Species Strike Team Technician

Temporary Agricultural Worker

Department of Biological Environmental Engineering
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)

Warrensburg, New York

Who We Are

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University’s second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education, and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: We believe that achieving next-generation scientific breakthroughs requires an understanding of the world’s complex, interlocking systems. We believe that access to nutritious food and a healthy environment is a fundamental human right. We believe that ensuring a prosperous global future depends on the ability to support local people and communities everywhere. By working in and across multiple scientific areas, CALS can address challenges and opportunities of the greatest relevance, here in New York, across the nation, and around the world.

The Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering (BEE) is one of the largest of its kind in the country with a very diverse faculty, staff, and student population. The department serves three integrated functions: teaching undergraduate and graduate students, researching problems in biology and the environment, and public outreach to help society implement new knowledge.

The New York State Water Resources Institute (NYSWRI) resides within CALS and BEE. Its mission is to improve the management of water resources in New York State and the nation. NYSWRI collaborates with regional, state, and national partners to increase awareness of emerging water resource issues and to develop and assess new water resource management approaches, technologies, and policies. NYSWRI connects water research and water management communities.

What You Will Do

As the Aquatic Invasive Species Strike Team Technician, you will conduct detailed field surveys of fish, aquatic plants, invertebrates, and additional biotic/abiotic factors as assigned following standardized methodology. Other duties include:

  • Conduct monitoring for invasive fish (e.g. round goby) using backpack electrofishing and other methods.

  • Conduct stream macroinvertebrate monitoring for invasive crayfish and mollusks.

  • Perform detailed identification of invasive pests to assist in determining appropriate management strategies.

  • Conduct point-intercept rake-toss surveys safely and effectively from a motorized vessel in lentic and lotic systems.

  • Perform general equipment maintenance, inspection, and troubleshooting of field and related research equipment.

  • Assist with digital field data collection, analysis, and preparation of detailed site reports on work completed.

  • Perform manual aquatic invasive plant removals in collaboration with local stakeholder groups.

What We Need

We are looking for a talented individual who excels at building and maintaining effective relationships with multiple stakeholders. We need someone who wants to assist with multiple aquatic invasive species monitoring and control projects. Additionally, we need someone who has the following:

  • Strong interest in aquatic invasive species management.

  • Previous experience conducting electrofishing surveys and wading in streams/rivers.

  • Visual concentration, attention to detail, and manual dexterity are required.

  • Ability to be comfortable with insects that bite and sting and animal encounters, including snakes (rare), spiders, and other aquatic insects and invertebrates.

  • Willingness to assist with aquatic herbicide applications.

  • Must be able to wear proper protective equipment to avoid exposure to toxic chemicals, using extreme caution when handling and applying.

  • Must be able to swim short distances unassisted.

  • Must be able to work outdoors in all types of weather.

  • Ability to physically work in field locations that can be difficult to access.

  • Must be able to navigate uneven terrain, hills, etc.

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.

  • Highly motivated and ability to work well in a team setting while maintaining a positive attitude and respectful work environment under strenuous outdoor working conditions.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Strong organization skills.

  • Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, have access to reliable transportation, and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver’s license.

  • Experience in and/or demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and well-being.

  • Passionate about working in an organization that values and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, and well-being.

If you possess these experiences and skills, this may be the role for you! There are a few other qualifications that we would view as incredibly helpful in this role, including:

  • College education in ecology, biology, natural resources management, or related field

  • Experience with the operation and trailering of a motorboat.

  • Basic knowledge and ability to identify native and invasive fish species of New York.

  • Basic knowledge and ability to identify native and invasive aquatic vegetation of New York.

  • Experience with data collection (e.g., Survey123, BioBase EcoSound) and analysis applications (e.g., ArcGIS) and Microsoft and Google editing suites (Word, Excel, Docs, Sheets).

  • Experience using multiple GPS devices to navigate.

  • Demonstrated experience with invasive fish and aquatic plant monitoring and management.

This position is a temporary full-time (39 hours/week) position with a fixed term of June 3, 2024 -November 15, 2024 with possible extension depending on funding and performance and will be located in Warrensburg, New York.

Rewards and Benefits

We hope you appreciate great benefits. Cornell receives national recognition as an award-winning workplace for our health, well-being, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.

  • Compensation is $21.00/hour.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Life. Changing.

No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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Temporary Agricultural Worker

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Temporary Academic Support

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EEO Statement:

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, and we do not tolerate discrimination based on any protected characteristic, including race, ethnic or national origin, citizenship and immigration status, color, sex/gender, pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, age, creed, religion, actual or perceived disability (including persons associated with such a person), arrest and/or conviction record, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender expression and/or identity, an individual’s genetic information, domestic violence victim status, familial status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations in accordance with applicable law.

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff to all identities and backgrounds. We encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

2024-05-24