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Title

Wetlands Restoration Specialist / Landscape Architect

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Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Location
Town/City New York CIty
Salary Additional Information depends on experience
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 27/02/2014
Company Name Natural Areas Conservancy
Contact Name Marit Larson
Telephone 212-360-1415
Fax 212-3601426
Email marit.larson@parks.nyc.gov
Website Further Details / Applications
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Description

BACKGROUND

The Natural Areas Conservancy
(NAC) is a not-for-profit organization created to work in partnership with the
NYC Department of Parks & Recreation to restore, protect and manage a
network of green and blue space that promotes a healthy, livable and diverse
New York City. The NAC is tasked with expanding and diversifying the
protection, management and restoration of 10,000 acres of forests, wetlands and
grasslands overseen by the Parks Department’s Natural Resources Group (NRG).  This public/private partnership will unify
the identity of NYC’s natural areas, increase public awareness and volunteerism
and integrate advanced technology.  For
more information about the NAC, please visit www.naturalareasnyc.org

 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

The Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC)  has an opening for a restoration
specialist / landscape architect (Specialist), or designer, with wetlands,
ecological restoration, or green infrastructure design expertise, who will help
advance identified wetlands restoration opportunities from the feasibility
assessment to concept and final design stages. The Specialist will help work in
close collaboration with NRG’s professional wetland staff, and NAC’s Coastal
Restoration Project Manager to identify priority restoration or creation sites
and develop water sensitive designs based on ecological and physical principals
and processes at the site.  At new sites,
the Specialist will develop restoration concepts into functional designs for
the purposes of better estimating costs, obtaining permits, or securing
funding.  Where funding has been secured
the Specialist will develop documents for construction, including final
designs, cost estimates and specifications. In addition, the Specialist will
work with resource managers and scientiststo develop management and maintenance
plans for existing and constructed wetlands, and with wetland ecologists to
help conduct ecological assessmentsto inform wetlands restoration and
protection planning and design.

 

Other Responsibilities Include:


  • Reviewing
    proposed wetlands restoration, creations and green infrastructure projects
    across the city

  • Compiling,
    analyzing and interpreting data and other information and presenting
    results 

  • Preparing
    conceptual designs, functional, and final restoration designs

  • Developing construction
    specifications and cost estimates

  • Preparing
    technical reports on project status for NAC, NRG and grant funders.

QUALIFICATIONS AND
REQUIREMENTS

An undergraduate or graduate degree in landscape
architecture or design, ecology, environmental engineering, or related field,
and 2-4 years experienceworking as a designer on ecosystem, stream or wetland restoration
or green infrastructure projects.

 

PREFERRED
SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS


  • Expertise in
    CAD

  • Experience
    in using GIS for mapping and analysis

  • Knowledge of
    soils and native plants for restoration design

  • Knowledge
    of wetland plant palettes

  • Experience working
    with disturbed landscapes

  • Excellent
    analytic and writing skills

  • Experience
    writing grant or project proposals

  • Experience
    collaborating with multiple stakeholders and agencies through design review
    context

  • Familiarity
    with wetlands regulations

  • Demonstrated
    ability to conduct research and work independently

  • Interest in
    and ability to conduct field work         

SCHEDULE & SALARY

The position is currently funded for one to one and a half years
with a target start date of May 1, 2014. Salary is commensurate with experience.

 

To APPLY

Please email a resume, cover letter, and three references contacts to:

 

Marit Larson, Director of Wetlands Restoration, marit.larson@parks.nyc.gov

 

Application materials must be received by February 28, 2014.

 

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