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WNY PRISM is Now Hiring!

 

WNY PRISM is currently hiring for multiple positions – Aquatic Invasive Species Program Manager (1), Field Crew Leader (1), Education and Outreach Assistant (1), Invasive Species Management Assistants (3), and Watercraft Inspection Steward/Environmental Educators (13). 


 

Aquatic Invasive Species Program Manager

The Aquatic Invasive Species Program Manager (Program Manager) will work to engage the public and partners in aquatic invasive species spread prevention and management. The primary role for the Program Manager is to coordinate WNY PRISM’s Watercraft Inspection Stewardship Program which includes up to 13 public boat launches staffed weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The Program Manager will be responsible for all aspects of WISP including partner communications, permissions, hiring, training and supervising Boat Stewards, data management, and reporting. Additional program responsibilities will include early detection and response efforts, additional AIS survey and removal efforts, facilitation of the WNY Water Chestnut Working Group, and collaboration with partners on regional priorities.

For more information, to view the full job description, and to apply, please visit: https://www.rfhiring.com/JobDesc.asp?JobID=237.

This is a full-time position located in Buffalo, NY. The position will remain open until filled. Please follow all applications instructions as failure to do so may disqualify you from the position.

Questions about this position may be directed to Andrea Locke, WNY PRISM Coordinator, at lockeas@buffalostate.edu. No phone calls, please.


 

Field Crew Leader

WNY PRISM is seeking a Field Crew Leader to assist with the successful implementation of WNY PRISM field activities and to provide supervision for seasonal staff. WNY PRISM works on high priority invasive species management projects involving prevention, early detection and rapid response, management, and habitat restoration for both terrestrial and aquatic species. Projects involve multiple partners and represent the diversity of environmental interests and unique habitats across the region. The WNY PRISM Field Crew Leader will work with the Terrestrial Program Manager, and additional Program Managers, to coordinate and implement invasive species management projects involving invasive species surveys, site monitoring, invasive species removal and habitat/native plant restoration projects throughout the 8-county WNY PRISM region. 

This is a full-time, temporary position with an expected timeframe of April 15 – November 1, 2024 (40 hours/week, $23.00/hour). Occasional weekend and evening hours will be required, and some projects may require 10-hour days – will not go over 40 hours/week. Some overnight travel, as well as use of personal vehicles, will also be required. Position is dependent upon final approval of funding.

Position comes with paid holidays and sick leave and is based out of the WNY PRISM Office on the SUNY Buffalo State University Campus in Buffalo, NY.

Please see full job description and apply online at: https://www.rfhiring.com/jobDesc.asp?JobID=241. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 15, 2024. Please provide cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references. Please follow all application directions, failure to do so may disqualify you from the position. Questions about this position may be directed to Brittany Hernon, Terrestrial Program Manager, hernonba@buffalostate.edu. No phone calls, please.


 

Education and Outreach Assistant

The WNY PRISM Education and Outreach Assistant will work closely with WNY PRISM staff and partners to implement and expand our education, outreach and community science programs, and will report directly to the WNY PRISM Community Science and Engagement Program Manager. Education efforts are essential to the success of the partnership and are integrated into nearly all aspects of WNY PRISM’s work. The selected candidate will help maintain the WNY PRISM social media accounts and Listserv, prepare e-newsletters, develop invasive species educational materials and content for the website, upload and organize photos, organize and lead education events, maintain detailed records, and communicate with partners. In addition, the Education and Outreach Assistant will assist with invasive species management activities such as invasive species surveys, removal and habitat restoration projects, as needed. WNY PRISM seeks highly motivated candidates with the education and experience necessary to succeed.

This is a full-time, temporary position (40 hours/week @ $21.00/hour), with an expected timeframe of May 1, 2024 – September 30, 2024 (~21.5 weeks). The E&O Assistant will work Tuesday – Saturday, with Sunday/Monday off. Some evening hours will be required. Position is dependent upon final approval of funding.

Please see full job description and apply online at: https://www.rfhiring.com/jobDesc.asp?JobID=238. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 15, 2024. Please follow all application directions, failure to do so may disqualify you from the position. Please provide cover letter, resume, 3 professional references and writing sample as a single attachment. Questions can be directed to Rachel Taylor, Community Science and Engagement Program Manager at taylorrm@buffalostate.edu. No phone calls please.


 

Invasive Species Management Assistants

The WNY PRISM Invasive Species Management Assistants (3) will work closely with the WNY PRISM Terrestrial Program Manager, Field Crew Leader and partners to implement invasive species prevention, early detection, management, and habitat restoration projects within the 8-county WNY PRISM region. The selected candidates will conduct invasive species surveys and assessments, assist with priority invasive species removal and restoration projects, provide project reports and may assist with outreach events such as tabling at farmers’ markets. Invasive species removal efforts will include use of both manual and chemical (herbicide) methods. This is primarily a field position, and the selected candidates can expect to spend the majority of their time working outdoors in remote locations and will experience inclement weather conditions. WNY PRISM seeks highly motivated candidates with the education and experience necessary to succeed.

This is a full-time, temporary position (40 hours/week @ $21.00/hr.) with an expected timeframe of May 6, 2024 – September 20, 2024 (~20 weeks). Weekend and evening hours, as well as occasional overnight travel, may be required. Position is dependent upon final approval of funding.

Please see full job description and apply online at: https://www.rfhiring.com/jobDesc.asp?JobID=239. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 22, 2024. Please follow all application directions, failure to do so may disqualify you from the position. Please provide cover letter, resume and 3 professional references as a single attachment. Questions about this position may be directed to Brittany Hernon, Terrestrial Program Manager, hernonba@buffalostate.edu. No phone calls, please.


 

Watercraft Inspection Steward/Environmental Educators

The WNY PRISM Watercraft Inspection Steward Program is designed to prevent the transport, spread and establishment of aquatic invasive species while increasing public awareness of this threat. WNY PRISM Watercraft Inspection Steward/Environmental Educators (Stewards) are an essential component of this program and will represent WNY PRISM while working toward improving environmental health. Stewards will interact daily with the public at boat launches performing boat inspections to remove visible aquatic plants and animals from all types of watercraft and will be responsible for public education and distribution of educational materials. Removal of aquatic plants and animals will help to prevent the transport and spread of aquatic invasive species. Stewards will also have the opportunity to assist with invasive species survey and removal projects, such as early detection/rapid response and control efforts, to monitor and reduce established populations of both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species. This is a field position and candidates should expect to spend the majority of their time outdoors.

Stewards will be assigned to a single, primary launch; however, coverage needs may require occasional travel to other launches. Stewards are required to attend a mandatory, two-day training prior to beginning work at their assigned launches.

List of boat launches:

  • Amherst Veterans Canal Park (Buffalo)
  • Ohio Street (Buffalo)
  • Isle View County Park (Town of Tonawanda)
  • Niawanda Park (City of Tonawanda)
  • Sturgeon Point (Derby)
  • Botanical Gardens Park (North Tonawanda)
  • Gratwick-Riverside Park (North Tonawanda)
  • Griffon Park (Niagara Falls)
  • Olcott Harbor (Olcott)
  • West Canal Park and Marina (North Tonawanda)
  • Hanover Town Launch (Irving)
  • Onoville Marina (Steamburg)
  • Cuba Lake (Cuba)

To view the boat launches on a map, please visit WNY PRISM’s Watercraft Inspection Stewardship Program page. 

WNY PRISM is also hiring 2 Lead Stewards. Lead Stewards will assist the Program Manager with training, scheduling, supervision and reporting for the Watercraft Inspection Stewardship Program.

This is a full-time, temporary position (40 hours/week, $20.00/hr., Leads @ $21.00/hr.) with an expected timeframe of May 21, 2024 – September 2, 2024 (Memorial Day – Labor Day) for Stewards, and May 16, 2024 – September 20, 2024, for Lead Stewards. All Stewards will be required to attend the two-day mandatory training in May. The standard work week will be comprised of 4, 10-hour days, Thursday – Sunday, 7:00 – 5:30. Position is dependent upon final approval of funding.

Weekends and Holidays are mandatory. Housing is not provided. WNY PRISM is hiring 11 Stewards and 2 Lead Stewards.

Please see full job descriptions and apply online at: https://www.rfhiring.com/jobDesc.asp?JobID=240. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning Friday, March 22, 2024. Please follow all application directions, failure to do so may disqualify you from the position. Please provide cover letter, resume, launch preferences and 3 professional references as a single attachment. Please indicate your launch preferences and if you are interested in a Lead Steward position in your cover letter. We can’t guarantee you will be offered your first choice of launches.

Questions can be directed to Andrea Locke, Coordinator at lockeas@buffalostate.edu. No phone calls please.

Please clearly indicate launch preferences and which position(s) you’re applying for.


 

Internships

WNY PRISM provides opportunities for students in need of an internship to fulfill class requirements, or for others looking for professional experience as they prepare for their careers. These are unpaid positions.

Interns are accepted for spring semester only (Jan – May), but applications are accepted throughout the preceding fall semester, beginning in September. The application deadline for consideration is January 10. Applications are considered as they are received and positions may be filled prior to the application deadline.

To apply, interested students must submit a resume, internship requirements (if applicable) and a project idea or description of the type of project they are interested in. The project proposal should include the reason for your interest in the specific project and/or in WNY PRISM and invasive species management, and should be no longer than a single page. WNY PRISM can’t guarantee we’ll be able to support your specific project, but if selected into the intern program, staff will work with you to find a similar project that meets both your interest and WNY PRISM needs.

WNY PRISM is hosted by the Great Lakes Center at Buffalo State University, but the program is open to everyone.

For more information, please contact Andrea Locke, WNY PRISM Coordinator at lockeas@buffalostate.edu.


 

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