> >JOB TITLE: RESEARCH ASSISTANT (ASSISTANT ECOLOGIST)
> >JOB FAMILY: Conservation - Field
> >JOB NUMBER: 8029
> >FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt
> >RELATED POSITION TITLES: Research Assistant, Science Assistant
> >ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
> >The Assistant Ecologist primarily assists the ecology staff
> with all
> >aspects of ongoing ecology activities, participating as a
> team member
> >on various projects and assigned tasks related to those projects.
> >These tasks may include literature review, map digitizing and
> >production using GIS software, processing records into Biotics
> >(Biodiversity Tracking and Conservation System) and ArcView GIS
> >software, data entry into various Access databases and Excel
> >obtaining information from partners, attending meetings, and
> >writing. Work may be done in the field or be based entirely in an
> >office setting, compiling the information collected by
> others. The
> >Assistant Ecologist does not supervise other staff, administer
> >contractors, manage budgets, or serve as a project manager;
> >s/he may participate in project planning as needed. The Assistant
> >Ecologist is an entry-level position with the potential for
> >advancement based on performance.
> >��Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, natural resources
> >or related field and one year related work experience.
> >��Knowledge of natural communities and vegetation of New York
> >northeast U.S.
> >��Demonstrated experience in MS Word, Excel, and Access. Database
> >management skills with ability to produce reports. Ability
> to use
> >advanced computer functions.
> >-Familiarity with GIS, including ability to utilize data to
> >appropriate maps. Experience with aerial photograph
> interpretation a
> >��Proven organizational skills and attention to detail.
> >��Ability to work effectively with others under pressure and tight
> >deadlines in a busy office environment. Capable of working
> >independently to complete small projects. Ability to meet
> >��Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to
> >technical reports utilizing available resources.
> >COMPLEXITY/PROBLEM SOLVING:
> >-Ability to work on multiple projects with several variables, set
> >realistic deadlines, and manage a timeframe.
> >��Resolve routine problems independently, consulting with
> >to develop plans for resolution of complex or unusual problems.
> >��Ability to compile data from many sources into reports.
> >��Perform duties under general supervision and established
> >��Prioritize work independently, exercise judgement.
> >��Consult with supervisor to address any issues that may
> affect the
> >work of others or the program as a whole.
> >RESPONSIBILITY/OVERSIGHT *FINANCIAL & SUPERVISORY:
> >��Supervises no staff but may help plan and direct the work of
> >volunteers or interns.
> >��May participate in work groups.
> >��Purchase equipment and supplies as provided for in budget, in
> >consultation with supervisor.
> >COMMUNICATIONS/INTERPERSONAL CONTACTS:
> >��Formulate ideas and communicate clearly with others, both
> orally and
> >in written form.
> >��Work and communicate effectively with a diverse group of people,
> >including scientists, preserve staff, and others, providing and
> >obtaining needed information.
> >��Function productively as a member of a work team.
> >��Provide a variety of information to staff and others,
> >to conservation projects and assisting workflow throughout the
> >WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT:
> >��Work requires only minor physical exertion and/or physical
> >Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to
> >��Ability to perform tasks requiring physical exertion,
> outdoors, in
> >all weather conditions and on difficult and sometimes hazardous
> >ADDITIONAL DUTIES SPECIFIC TO THE POSITION:
> >1. Assist program ecologists by documenting ecological
> >and rare species using the methods and techniques developed
> by the
> >Network of Natural Heritage Programs and the NY Natural Heritage
> >Program. As assigned by program ecology staff:
> >��collect and organize rare species and natural community data
> from a
> >variety of secondary sources including major repositories,
> >literature, government agencies (local, state, and federal), and
> >knowledgeable individuals;
> >��produce preliminary vegetation coverages using GIS software and
> >relevant base data, including digital orthophotography and stereo
> >��process field data and digital images in their respective
> >-assist in conducting field surveys and map significant
> >communities using aerial photo interpretation, GIS, and other
> >appropriate methods; and
> >��transcribe, update, and quality control natural community
> and rare
> >species element occurrence records.
> >2. Work independently to complete small projects as assigned
> by the
> >Program Ecologist. Present project overviews at conferences and
> >meetings and participate in the writing of periodic progress
> >and final reports as needed.
> >3. Assist the Program Ecologist in the advancement of the state
> >community classification through the following activities:
> >transcribing and updating of high priority natural community
> >occurrence records; maintaining natural community element files;
> >revising community descriptions; updating related community
> >(e.g., Element Tracking, Element State Ranking, Element Global
> >Ranking, plots database, slide file, etc.); and responding to
> >information requests, as time permits.
> >4. Describe the NY Natural Heritage Program in the course of data
> >collection and explain the utility of the Program's work to
> >clients. Assist in the development of project proposals as
> >Send resume and cover letter via regular mail to Greg Edinger, NY
> >Natural Heritage Program Ecologist, 625 Broadway, 5TH Floor,
> >NY 12233-4757, or via e-mail in MS Word document format to
> >gjedinge@... by March 26, 2004.
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