Happy Winter! As I reflect on the past year, I am filled with gratitude for all that our partners, volunteers and staff accomplished this year. More than 850 sites were managed for terrestrial invasive species, 110 lakes were surveyed for aquatic invasive species, and we delivered over 30 presentations to raise awareness about invasive species prevention and management.
These accomplishments reflect the collective strength of this partnership. We look forward to “seeing” many of our partners in early February at our virtual Partner Roundtables: Terrestrial Partners February 8; Aquatic Partners February 10. Please be sure to register. We also look forward to launching the 2022 hemlock woolly adelgid volunteer survey program with a workshop on February 16.
Looking ahead to summer, APIPP has started recruiting for our summer 2022 seasonal staff and details are below. Several partners also have open positions.
February 8: Terrestrial Invasive Species Partner Roundtable—10am-11:30am
February 10: Aquatic Invasive Species Partner Roundtable—10:00am-11:30am
It is hard for partners to stay connected during COVID, so we have set aside two mornings in February for partners to gather virtually to talk about plans for 2022. This is a great time to share your plans and ideas and to hear from others across the region. Mark your calendar now and register on our website for the February 8 Terrestrial Partner Gathering, the February 10 Aquatic Partner Gathering or both!
“Adirondack Forest Pest Hunters” 2022 HWA Survey Season Kicks Off on February 16
Help survey for hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) this winter. The survey season kicks off on February 16, 2022, with a Zoom webinar from 10:00am-11:30am. The webinar is a great opportunity to learn about HWA and how you can help survey for this invasive insect. Surveys from volunteers provide critical information for determining how far HWA has spread. This workshop will cover basic identification, survey techniques, and how to sign up for a trail to survey. Register here.
This is a joint program sponsored by APIPP, Adirondack Mountain Club, Capital Region PRISM, Lake George Land Conservancy, NYS iMapInvasives, and NYS Hemlock Initiative.
APIPP Seasonal Forest Pest Research Assistant
The Research Assistant will help address the threat of invasive species on the resiliency of Adirondack forests. The Research Assistant conducts invasive species monitoring, collects and analyzes data, provides education about invasive species, and may help manage invasive species throughout the Adirondack region. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in forestry or natural resource management and experience with forest mensuration techniques are encouraged to apply. This is a 22-week, full-time position. The start date is on or about May 16, 2022. To apply for job ID 50686, submit your materials online at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on January 31, 2022.
APIPP Adirondack Invasive Species Management Steward
The Invasive Species Management Steward will help reduce the human introduction of invasive species into the Adirondack Park and reduce the spread of invasive species throughout the region. The Management Steward conducts invasive species surveys, collects and analyzes data, provides education about invasive species, and manages invasive species at high-use recreation areas such as campgrounds and trailheads. This is a 15-week, full-time, seasonal position for the summer of 2022. The start date is on or about May 16, 2022. To apply for job ID 50688, submit your materials online at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on January 31, 2022.
Paul Smith’s College—Adirondack Watershed Institute Stewardship Program Director
The Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) is seeking a Program Director to lead its stewardship program. AWI is seeking a strong leader and strategic thinker with a background in natural sciences who can guide the stewardship program team year-round to effectively operate the largest aquatic invasive species spread prevention program in New York State, as well as contribute creatively in other ways to further the mission of AWI. Click here to find out more.
Capital Region PRISM Aquatic Invasive Species Program Manager
The Capital Region PRISM is seeking a full time Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program Manager. The Capital Region PRISM serves eleven counties in the Capital Region of New York. The AIS Program Manager is responsible for coordinating, planning, and delivering aquatic invasive species prevention and management programs designed to protect the environment from the negative impacts of invasive species. The AIS Program Manager supervises seasonal staff, recruits and trains volunteers, manages partner efforts, and delivers programs and outreach. This individual also oversees and performs invasive species control efforts, establishes early detection and monitoring networks, and conducts data collection and reporting. Click here to apply.
I hope your winter is off to a good start and that you have a Happy New Year!