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Apr 29 / BARD CEP

Forest Ecologist-New York

Organization: Prospect Park Alliance, Inc

Position Title: Forest Ecologist

Location: New York

Hours and Compensation:  Not listed

Application Deadline:  Not listed


Job Description:

The Prospect Park Alliance, working in partnership with City of New York and the community, restores, develops, and operates Prospect Park for the enjoyment of all by caring for the natural environment, preserving historic design, and serving the public through facilities and programs. Prospect Park is Brooklyn’s 585-acre historic flagship park, designed by the famed Olmsted and Vaux. It is the home of Brooklyn’s only lake and forest, with nature trails, numerous recreational activities, public educational programs, volunteer opportunities, the first urban Audubon Center and the new Lakeside Center, featuring ice and roller skating, a water playground, and restored lake views.


The Prospect Park Alliance is currently seeking a Forest Ecologist.  Reporting to the Director of Arboriculture and Natural Resources, the Forest Ecologist implements and carries out ecological restoration projects, scientific monitoring to assess the success of the Park’s long term restorations and other research topics, and works as a member of the Natural Resources Crew to carry out additional day to day tasks.  The Forest Ecologist also supports youth projects by hiring, overseeing, and working with a variety of interns, and by working on a limited basis with the Prospect Park Woodlands Youth Crew.



for the Forest Ecologist include but are not limited to the following physical tasks: invasive plant removal by mechanical and chemical means, safe operation of a range of equipment from hand tools, through chainsaws and weedwhackers, all the way up to a large woodchipper, installation of fencing and/or erosion control measures, garbage and snow removal, and tree and shrub planting.  The Forest Ecologist also plays a key role in documenting ecological restoration work including ordering plants, collecting data, writing and reporting on data and on other activities relating to natural resources, making suggestions to guide the direction of the research and ecological restoration program, and attending regional meetings.


Qualifications for the Forest Ecologist include:

  • BS or higher in Biology, Ecology, Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Fisheries or related field from an accredited university or three year’s field experience in any of the areas of Biology, Ecology, Forestry, or Natural Resource Management.
  • NYS DEC Pesticide Applicator’s License, or able to obtain one within 6 months.
  • NYS Driver’s License in good standing.
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and also as part of a team


How to apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to

The ideal candidate for the Forest Ecologist has proficiency in Microsoft Office, GIS experience, and experience working with the public.

The Forest Ecologist is a full-time position eligible for benefits including a tax-deferred 403(b) plan. The annual salary for this position is $36,000.

Prospect Park Alliance is an equal opportunity employer. No phone calls, please. Although we appreciate your interest, we will only contact applicants we are considering for interview.


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