Project Development Coordinator for Natural Areas Management

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Start Date: ASAP  Compensation: $29.61/hr. new hire $34.05/hr incumbent

NYC Parks is the steward of over 30,000 acres of land — 14 percent of New York City — including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens and Greenstreets. We operate more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds, 1,800 basketball courts, 550 tennis courts, 67 public pools, 51 recreational facilities, 15 nature centers, 14 golf courses, and 14 miles of beaches. We care for 1,200 monuments and 23 historic house museums. We look after 600,000 street trees, and two million more in parks. We are New York City’s principal providers of recreational and athletic facilities and programs. We are home to free concerts, world-class sports events, and cultural festivals.

The mission of Forestry, Horticulture and Natural Resources (FHNR) is to protect, restore, expand and manage New York City’s natural spaces and green infrastructure to maximize their benefits and promote their value within and outside of the urban ecosystem. Employees who work for 6 months or longer are eligible for healthcare benefits.

All staff will be provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Responsibilities/Duties

  • Under general direction of the Director of Natural Areas Restoration and Management, with wide latitude for independent initiative and judgment, support the planning and execution of natural areas management work across forests, wetlands, and grasslands in multiple parks.
  • Provide administrative and logistical support to staff working across multiple teams, ensuring that natural resource field crews have the necessary resources to execute their work. Schedule meetings, take notes and report back, monitor next steps, and follow up with others to ensure that schedules remain on track.
  • Provide high-level support to clerical staff in purchasing. Monitor program budget and provide reports on spending.
  • Review the tracked management work of multiple groups and suggest improvements where needed. Summarize these tracking efforts toward quantifiable metrics and prepare reports on project progress.
  • Assist in the coordination of on-site restoration efforts with contractors, park managers, other divisions of Parks, local community groups and other agencies.
  • Interact with staff and the public in a courteous and professional manner.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties described above; or
  • High school graduation or equivalent and six years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties as described above; or
  • Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. However, all candidates must have at least one year of experience as described in “1” above.

PREFERRED SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduate degree with emphasis in botany, ecology, forestry and wildlife management or related fields.
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience in planning and executing ecological restoration projects, utilizing industry best practices.
  • Expert in identifying both native and invasive plant species of the northeastern United States.

Residency in New York City, Nassau, Orange, Rockland, Suffolk, Putnam, or Westchester counties required for employees with over two years of city service. New York City residency is required within 90 days of hire for all other candidates.
Fees: Hired candidates may be subject to a processing fee of $68.00. Hired candidates who are not currently employed by the City will be subject to an $88.25 background check fee.

Vaccination Requirement: As of August 2, 2021, all new hires must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered city employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by the hiring agency.

Additional Information

HOW TO APPLY: For more information and to apply email resume and cover letter to Tely Renata (tely.renata@parks.nyc.gov) or mail to: Tely Renata, NYC Parks-Arsenal North, 1234 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10029

Parks & City Employees: Include your ERN on your cover letter and resume. All candidates please indicate which position you are applying for.

Contact Information

NYC Parks-Forestry, Horticulture, and Natural Resources Division
Website: Apply Online