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NY/NJ Invasive Plant Control

Position: Invasives Strike Force Crew Member

The Invasives Strike Force (ISF) is a program of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, a non-profit organization focused on the stewardship of more than 2,150 miles of hiking trails throughout southern New York and northern New Jersey.  Our ISF crew completes invasive species surveys, control work, and leads volunteer removal teams throughout the region. The ISF crew works with a wide range of park partners at multiple sites throughout southern NY and northern NJ and will be supported by an existing base of volunteers and the Director of Land Stewardship. We are seeking 3 individuals who share our passion for conservation and the outdoors to join our crew.  The crew will perform both manual removal and chemical treatment of invasive plants. All crew members will become NY Pesticide Apprentices and NJ Pesticide Operators and may then be eligible to take exams for licensing.  Crew members may also assist with training workshops to teach volunteers.  Occasionally crew members may represent the Trail Conference at public events to recruit volunteers.

Plant identification and eradication training will be provided (some experience is preferred).   This is primarily an outdoor position and will include periods of camping for multiple days at work sites. Crew members will manage data and write reports on weekly activities.  Weekend work is required – days off will be during the week.

Service Location: Lower Hudson Valley Region of New York and Northern New Jersey

Term of Service: 675 hour term of service, May 18 through September 18, weekend work required

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Become certified in New York and New Jersey pesticide application and follow all applicable rules and regulations regarding the use of pesticides
  • Keep accurate, timely and detailed records of activities
  • Prepare reports on work completed and log data collected
  • Work professionally at all times with crew members, community volunteers, and park partners.
  • Lead and co-lead invasive removal volunteer work days.
  • Conduct independent invasive removals and treatments along hiking trails, including mechanical removal and/or application of herbicide.
  • Conduct surveys of hiking trails for a targeted set of invasive plants, includes use of hand-held GPS.
  • Assist with training volunteers on invasive plant identification and removal techniques
  • Informally educate the public about invasive plants and recruit volunteers
  • Properly use and care for tools and equipment and follow all safety precautions

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Applications accepted until the positions are filled, with preference given to those received before February 20th. To Learn more about our Invasives programs go to:

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