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Forest Ecologist

The Prospect Park Alliance is currently seeking a Forest Ecologist to implement and carry out both ecological restoration and related scientific monitoring projects to assess the success of the Park’s long term restorations.  This individual reports to the Natural Resources Supervisor and works as a member of the Natural Resources Crew to carry out additional day to day tasks. 

Responsibilities

  • Removal of invasive species using both mechanical and chemical means
  •  Operation and careful maintenance of equipment from hand tools, chainsaws, weedwhackers, augers and large wood chippers
  •  Installation of various erosion control and soil management strategies to alleviate erosion and amend or ameliorate soil compaction
  • Planting and maintenance of natives tree, shrub and herbaceous species in project areas
  •  Removal of garbage and snow
  • Conduct and supervise the vegetation survey; including recruitment , hiring and supervision of interns
  • Collection of field data, data entry, statistical analyses, and report preparation for ongoing monitoring
  • Train and supervise various semi-skilled and unskilled workers such as volunteers and seasonal staff,
  • Work with the NRC supervisor to take responsibility for ecological restoration projects, including plant specification and nursery ordering
  • Work in collaboration with the Supervisor and Director  to serve as a liaison with federal, state, and local authorities, community groups and individuals in regard to forest restoration

Qualifications

  • Bachelor ‘s degree or higher in Ecology, Biology, Forestry, Limnology,  Natural Resource Management, Fisheries or related field from an accredited university or three year’s field experience in any of the areas of Biology, Ecology, Forestry, or Natural Resource Management.
  • NYS DEC Pesticide Applicator’s License, or able to obtain one within 6 months.
  • NYS valid Driver’s License in good standing.
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and to work well with a team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, GIS experience

Desirable:

  • Maintenance of membership in accepted local, state and national societies concerned with management of natural areas
  • Certification in CPR, first aid, and lifesaving
  • NYS Pesticide certified
  • Commercial Driver License

Schedule:

This is a full-time position with variable annual hours.  From May-November the position works Tuesdays through Saturdays; from December to April  the position works Mondays through Fridays. 

About the Prospect Park Alliance
Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in the mid-nineteenth century, Prospect Park is one of Brooklyn’s most treasured destinations and a national landmark. The Prospect Park Alliance is a nonprofit organization founded in 1987 to restore and maintain Prospect Park after a long period of steady deterioration and decline. We preserve the natural environment, restore historic design and provide public programs and amenities for the Park, which receives more than 10 million visits each year. The Alliance plays a significant role in funding the operating budget that keeps the Park clean, safe and beautiful, and employs three-quarters of the staff that take care of the Park and engage its diverse surrounding communities. Today, Prospect Park is an international model for urban parks, and one of the premier green spaces in the United States. Learn More.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to job276@prospectpark.org.

No phone calls, please. Although we appreciate your interest, we will only contact applicants we are considering for interview.

The Prospect Park Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer.