Field Ecologist And Entomologist

The Field Ecologist and Entomologist provides technical and scientific support for conservation initiatives in conservation planning and measures of conservation success (~80%) and develops/coordinates community science projects (~20%).  They perform a variety of scientific tasks, conservation activities (prescribed fire, invasive species removal, seed collection) and manage the seasonal science staff.

This includes the following functions:

  • Implement and provide logistical support for research, inventory and monitoring projects.
  • Inventory and research rare and declining pine barrens insects.
  • Hire, train & supervise seasonal field staff, interns, and volunteers.
  • Manage wildlife tracking systems (e.g., Motus, automated radio telemetry networks)
  • Coordinate and supervise bird banding operations, per state and federal permits.
  • Collect and manage data associated with plants, animals, and ecological communities.
  • Collaborate with staff, and private and public partners on research projects.
  • Coordinate the Community Science program, in conjunction with science, education, and outreach staff.
  • Provide presentations and lead field trips for college students, education programs, conferences, and workshops.
  • Provide a variety of information to staff and others, contributing to conservation projects and assisting workflow throughout the organization.
  • Support the wildland fire management program, potentially serving as a prescribed fire crew member.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in an environmental science-related field or bachelor’s degree in an environmental science-related field and at least 5 years’ experience.
  • Working knowledge of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
  • Familiarity and understanding of fire-adapted ecosystem dynamics, field ornithology and field entomology.
  • Experience collecting, managing, interpreting, and analyzing ecological data.
  • Ability to produce technical reports/publications, make defensible decisions and recommendations, and communicate technical information to diverse audiences.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite Software, ArcMap, and statistical software packages.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Working knowledge of animal capture, handling and tracking techniques and technologies.
  • Entomological, ornithological, and botanical identification and sampling methods.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects with several variables, setting realistic deadlines and managing timeframes.

Position type (FT/PT/temporary, etc.): Regular Full-Time Exempt

Hiring Rate:  $58,066/year

Location: Albany, NY
Closing date: Position will remain open until filled.

How to apply: Please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to:
Neil A. Gifford, Conservation Director
Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission
195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 

For information on the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, visit our website at

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in its employment opportunities or practices on the basis of an individual’s actual or perceived race, color, sex, national origin, ethnicity, hairstyle and hair texture, military or veteran status, mental or physical disability, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual and reproductive health decisions, gender identity, transgender status, genetic information/predisposition or carrier status, age, religion, creed, domestic violence victim status, and any other classification protected by federal, state or local law.

Worried that you may not meet all the preferred qualifications but still interested in the position?  APPLY ANYWAY!  We would love to attract a great candidate whose skills can be developed through training.


Date Posted: 04-25-2024

Expire Date: 05-01-2024

Contact Name: Neil A. Gifford, Conservation Director

Contact Email:

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