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Assistant Ecologist--NY

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  • Elizabeth Sudduth
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    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 2004
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      > >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
      > tables,
      > >obtaining information from partners, attending meetings, and
      > report
      > >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;
      > however
      > >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.
      > >
      > >KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS:
      > >��Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, natural resources
      > management
      > >or related field and one year related work experience.
      > >��Knowledge of natural communities and vegetation of New York
      > and/or
      > >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
      > create
      > >appropriate maps. Experience with aerial photograph
      > interpretation a
      > >plus.
      > >��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
      > deadlines.
      > >��Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to
      > write
      > >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
      > supervisor
      > >to develop plans for resolution of complex or unusual problems.
      > >��Ability to compile data from many sources into reports.
      > >
      > >DISCRETION/LATITUDE/DECISION-MAKING:
      > >��Perform duties under general supervision and established
      > guidelines.
      > >��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,
      > contributing
      > >to conservation projects and assisting workflow throughout the
      > >organization.
      > >
      > >WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT:
      > >��Work requires only minor physical exertion and/or physical
      > strain.
      > >Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to
      > disagreeable
      > >elements.
      > >��Ability to perform tasks requiring physical exertion,
      > outdoors, in
      > >all weather conditions and on difficult and sometimes hazardous
      > >terrain.
      > >
      > >ADDITIONAL DUTIES SPECIFIC TO THE POSITION:
      > >1. Assist program ecologists by documenting ecological
      > communities
      > >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,
      > scientific
      > >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
      > >images;
      > >��process field data and digital images in their respective
      > databases;
      > >-assist in conducting field surveys and map significant
      > ecological
      > >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
      > reports
      > >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
      > element
      > >occurrence records; maintaining natural community element files;
      > >revising community descriptions; updating related community
      > databases
      > >(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
      > potential
      > >clients. Assist in the development of project proposals as
      > needed.
      > >
      > >Send resume and cover letter via regular mail to Greg Edinger, NY
      > >Natural Heritage Program Ecologist, 625 Broadway, 5TH Floor,
      > Albany,
      > >NY 12233-4757, or via e-mail in MS Word document format to
      > >gjedinge@... by March 26, 2004.
      > >


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