The Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation is responsible for the preservation and maintenance of 18,000 acres of parklands, trails and open spaces that host a variety of habitats and a diverse array of species. As new wildlife populations emerge and established populations change, land managers and researchers monitor impacts and use adaptive management strategies to mitigate conflict. The wildlife technician assists in implementing and adapting management strategies, studies of wildlife and wildlife impacts, monitoring target species and forest health, working with local, state and federal agencies, and interfacing with the public.

Responsibilities

  • Assist in natural resource management and the management of volunteer hunter and deer management programs.
  • Use of motion-sensing cameras to study emerging wildlife.
  • Vegetation inventories and surveys, wildlife population surveys, Canada goose surveys and nest treatments.
  • Assist with wildlife conflicts.
  • Data entry and analysis, creation of maps and reports.
  • Assist in construction of beaver flow devices.
  • Public education through programs, presentations and writing, assist in creating and leading wildlife research projects.
  • Network with and assist local, state and federal agencies.
  • Knowledge of current management strategies and wildlife issues.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Graduate of an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, environmental science, or a closely related field is preferred.
  • Must enjoy working outdoors in seasonal conditions; ability to hike, paddle and lift/carry equipment.
  • Basic knowledge of local plant and wildlife species.
  • Computer knowledge and skill in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, ArcMap, Access or other databases.
  • Ability to independently create and execute research projects and associated reports.
  • Communication skills and the ability to work a flexible schedule are essential.
  • Background check required.

Preference given to candidates with a proven history of wildlife or natural resource management, research or experience with game management.

Hours/Salary
Hourly position. Weekly schedule generally consists of Mondays through Fridays but may include weekends or evenings.
Salary commensurate with experience.

Contact/Send resume
Dan Aitchison, Senior Curator of Wildlife
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
 

Westchester County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.