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WETLANDS RESTORATION SPECIALIST / LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Job Type: full-time temporary position
Location: New York
Posting Date: 7 Feb 14
Closing Date: 7 Mar 14
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.
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.
• 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
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.
Contact Information:TO APPLY
Email a resume, cover letter, and three references contacts to:
Marit Larson, Director of Wetlands Restoration, email@example.com
Application materials must be received by February 28, 2014.
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