Gateway National Recreation Area is hiring seasonal biological science technician positions through COVID-19 Schedule A direct hiring authority to assist with threatened and endangered species monitoring and other natural resource management activities in the Jamaica Bay Unit, Brooklyn. NY. Work is primarily monitoring nesting shorebirds on park beaches on the Rockaway Peninsula. Must have a bachelors degree in biology, ecology, or related field OR have an equivalent combination of education (including at least 20 hours of biology, ecology or related fields) and experience. Must be within commuting area - no park housing is available.
It is anticipate that the selected applicants will enter on duty soon as possible. Selected applicants will have to successfully complete a federal background investigation prior to entering on duty. It is anticipated that the positions will end in early to mid-September and no later than September 30, 2020.
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STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Working with peers or alone, these positions perform a variety of tasks relating to natural resources, i.e., water, land, plants, animals, and soils. Assignments are performed within established methods, techniques and procedures using standard scientific equipment. Such tasks might include: field observations of vegetation, fish and wildlife resources; collection of field data; inputting data into spreadsheets and performing quality control on entered data; conducting field surveys to document and assess resource management issues; using a variety of computer programs including Excel, Access and Geographic Information System (GIS) software to compile and report data and other resource management information; habitat management activities including invasive plant control, native plant installation and site preparation; assisting with photo documentation of projects; and education and outreach to park visitors to foster shared stewardship and protection of park resources; and, compilation and presentation of educational programs to staff, volunteers and the public.
Physical Demands: The work requires physical exertion such as regular and recurring walking, hiking, or climbing over wet, rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; bending; crouching, stooping, lifting or reaching to observe, collect, or record field data; or in some situations the work may require physical exertion to scuba dive or operate a boat. Heavy items (e.g., equipment and packs up to 30 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.
Work Environment: The work is performed primarily in the field with some office work. The work performed involves regular and recurring exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals.
Area Information: The National Parks of New York Harbor include 10 national park system sites with 23 unique destinations in and around four of the five boroughs of New York City and northern New Jersey. Gateway National Recreation Area was established in 1972 as one of America's first urban national park. Located in the heart of New York City, the park extends from Brooklyn and Queens, to Staten Island and Sandy Hook, NJ. The 26,000 acre park includes a wildlife refuge, holly forest, ocean dunes and coastal uplands, to former military fortifications, New·York City's first municipal airport and the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in American. Visitors enjoy ocean beaches, organized sports, fishing, hiking, bicycling, nature study and a chance to explore the area's important cultural heritage.