Mar 3, 2015

 

NYSDEC Seeks Giant Hogweed Control Personnel

NYSDEC Forest Health and Protection is looking for staff to control the invasive plant giant hogweed throughout central and western NY on private and public lands. The job entails educating the public about giant hogweed, contacting landowners, controlling giant hogweed using herbicide or root-cutting control methods, collecting site information and creating GIS polygons. It is a very rewarding but physically challenging position. The Department is looking for professional, self-directed people with strong communication skills who have the ability to identify and control giant hogweed.

Four one-person crews will use a manual root-cutting control method and four two-person crews will use primarily herbicide control methods. These four month positions will start April 20 and will be located out of one of several Regional DEC offices in Regions 7, 8 and 9 (Allegany, Avon, Buffalo, Cortland, Depew, Savannah).

Giant hogweed is a non-native invasive plant with sap capable of causing injury to humans. In addition to being a public health hazard, giant hogweed plants decrease plant diversity and can lead to soil erosion. More information about giant hogweed can be found at DEC's giant hogweed website and at the NY Invasive Species Clearinghouse website.

See the attached complete job description. Applicants should supply a letter of intent, resume, and contact information for three professional references. First review of applications to begin March 4th.

The contact person for further information is Naja Kraus: naja.kraus@dec.ny.gov