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Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability at SUNY Oneonta
317 Milne Library
(607) 436-3459
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Dr. Wendy Lascell

Secretary:
Jill Stafford

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The Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning seeks a PLANNER Hauppauge, NY

PLANNER
An employee in this position prepares charts, maps and narrative reports outlining findings and resulting recommendations in connection with planning and zoning projects. Supervision is exercised over a small staff of sub-professional planning and drafting personnel. Work is performed under the supervision of a professional supervisor through conferences and written reports. Does related work as required.

The minimum requirements for this position are either:
(a) Graduation from a New York State or regionally accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Political Science, Economics, Geography, Environmental Studies, Civil Engineering, or a related field; or,
(b) Graduation from a New York State or regionally accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree, and one (1) year of experience in the field of community or regional planning.

NOTE: Additional relevant graduate level education from a New York State or regionally accredited college or university may be substituted for the one (1) year of experience cited in (b).

Salary: Commensurate with experience, excellent benefit package. Suffolk County Residency Required

Qualified candidates ONLY please send cover letter and resume to Alan Schneider at: sc.personnel@suffolkcountyny.gov

Suffolk County Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer


AmeriCorps

We are particularly interested in folks that are coming off current NPS seasonal positions, such as:  IandM, Wildlife, Fisheries, Veg, or Cultural programs, know how to use a GPS and a computer and practice good data management, but aren’t necessarily a GIS/Data Manager position. Experience with Veg Plots, EPMT,  Vital Signs is a BIG plus. Please have folks forward a simple resume to me by email, thomas_colson@nps.gov (only) if interested. Several positions available, year-long position.

AMERICORPS SERVICE POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
2016-17 National Park Service AmeriCorps opportunity
Service Position Title: Enterprise GIS and Data Technician AmeriCorps Member

Service Position Summary:

The AmeriCorps recruit will work 40 hours per week on a Monday through Thursday schedule (4/10). Primary duties include researching, developing, presenting, and evaluating Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) data used for planning and natural resource management in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park engages in numerous infrastructure development and maintenance activities which require diligent review of impacts to sensitive resources as well as comprehensive application of civil planning and construction practices. Use of GIS and other design systems and software assist managers in making resource decisions that affect the park. The member will assist planners and resource managers in creating and evaluating data used by the park to ensure National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance as well as effective use and management of spatial and non-spatial data in support of park facility management operations.

The member will also assist park staff in integrating planning and maintenance GIS data in other aspects of park operations, particularly law enforcement, public safety, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, Fire Effects, and Hydrology. This includes collection, development and deployment of data which supports visitor services such as campground facilities, Emergency Action Plans (EAP), trail maintenance, emergency spill response, real-time wildlife tracking, Search and Rescue, Cultural Resource Preservation, Environmental Impact Statements, and transportation planning. The goal of this project is to provide the park with a comprehensive Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the use of GIS data in park planning that compliments service-wide facility planning and resource conservation initiatives such as “Foundation” and “NPAtlas”.

Primary Functions of Position:

1) Develop and Deploy GIS data in support of NEPA compliance;

2) Collect, Develop, and Deploy GPS data associated with the location of park critical assets such as bears, feral hogs, elk, trail and road improvements, discovery of new hydrologic resources;

3) Train planners and designers in use of, and integration of, GIS data with other planning systems and software;

4) Provide Tier-1 GIS and data technical support to Resource Management and Emergency Operations operations;

5) Serve as members of the Search and Rescue Team.

Position Seasonal Breakdown:

Fall 2016:
-Initial training will include use of NPS GIS software and Systems, park project planning, and use of surveying and drafting equipment and software;

Winter 2015-2016:
-Member will coordinate collection and development of GIS data to support facility planning operations;
-Member will collect GPS data of park critical assets.

Spring-Summer 2016:
-Member will integrate GIS data into web-based mapping applications;
-Member will perform data mining and analysis of non-GIS data;
-Member will assist park staff in use of GIS data for maintenance and construction planning

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
-Must have own transportation & a valid driving license (*no moving violations allowed)
-Paid or unpaid experience with GIS and/or GPS and/or Databases;
-Paid or unpaid experience in the natural resource or environmental field;
-Strong interest in environmental natural resource conservation and civil planning or engineering;
-Must be able to work as a member of a diverse and complex team;
-Able to work independently and take leadership on goal accomplishment;
-Capable of working with people from diverse backgrounds;
-Solid organizational and leadership skills;
-Commitment to honesty, excellence and professionalism;
-Comfortable making presentations to large groups (5 to 20+ people);
-Able to grasp complex data relationships;
-Ability to quickly assimilate new technology;
-Strong technical writing skills;
-Well-above-average computer skills;
-Ability to hike long distances in adverse weather;
-Ability to stand for long periods of time while performing surveying operations;
-Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
-Optional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
-State or higher-recognized emergency medical training such as EMT, Medic, WFR;
-State or higher-recognized emergency response training such as “Red Card”, FEMA, Aviation;
-Ability to safely navigate very steep and rocky terrain, verifiable climbing experience
-Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
-Experience and training with Word, Access Databases, ArcGIS;
-Optional experience with HTML, Google Sites, Google Maps, Java, C#;
-Education or experience in any of the following: Natural Resource Management, Civil Engineering, Planning, Spatial Information Systems, Surveying;

Service Conditions:
-AmeriCorps member will work outdoors in a mountainous and ever-changing environment, as well as indoors in a climate-controlled environment. Outdoor work and exposure to all weather conditions (sun, rain, heat, cold, etc.) will be required. Occasional evening/weekend hours may be necessary.

Physical Demands:
-Sitting; standing; walking; lifting, pushing, pulling and carrying (up to 40 lbs.);
-kneeling; stooping; bending; squatting; close vision; use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; exposure to various colognes/perfumes, fumes from printing cartridges and dust from stored supplies, wrist/arm discomfort due to prolonged use of office computer equipment;


A Hudson Valley technology company called netEffx Inc. is hiring for GIS positions. In addition to technology support, netEffx Inc. contract skilled individuals out to large local companies. They are currently looking for talented individuals for GIS positions at a local utility company. They are entry-level, full-time positions with excellent potential for growth.
   
A professional/educational background in Geography/GIS is required. Additionally, experience with ArcGIS is required and any experience with the ArcFM extension is highly valued. Highly developed written and verbal communication skills are a must. Start date is projected to be mid-late April and into May.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Alex Ellick at alex@neteffx.com.
A resume and cover letter can be sent to resumes@neteffx.com.


LIFE Inc is in need of a temporary employee who has expertise in utilizing a GIS Mapping program. Their firm specializes in aquatic vegetation control and they are regulated by DEC. Their staff includes a Hydro Geologist who is not available due to personal reasons for the next 3 months. Website: www.lifeincponds.com
Qualifications:
-A student who is in knowledgeable with GIS Mapping, and is looking for a part time temporary opportunity.
-Junior or Senior would be best, but anyone with knowledge of GIS Mapping is an appropriate candidate.
-Must be familiar with GIS mapping and using GIS software.
-All of this work can be completed from anywhere, it only requires a computer and the internet.

Responsibilities:  
-Create scaled drawings of clients water bodies, aerial and topo maps, water shed maps, and assisting the president in working with a model that predicts how far water travels from the outlet of a dam for a specific time period.
-Other duties as needed

Compensation:
-The salary is $15 - $20 per hour depending upon experience and expertise.
-This position could lead into part time summer employment as well.

Contact:
Please contact Dr. Fuller if you are interested in this temporary employment opportunity.
Trevor.Fuller@oneonta.edu
323 Milne Library
607-436-3398


Groundwork New Orleans (http://www.groundworknola.org/) is now accepting applications for:

-Environmental Education Internships
-Green Team Members
-Green Team Leader


OTSEGO COUNTY ANNOUNCES THE FOLLOWING VACANCY:
Planning Department
Planner
$40,168 - $47,623
DATED: February 17, 2016
LAST DAY FOR FILING: March 2, 2016

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: This position performs office and field assignments in connection with County’s Planning and Solid Waste departments. Duties include, but are not limited to county transportation, hazardous mitigation, agriculture/farmland preservation, GIS, census data, 911 addressing, recycling, solid waste management, and miscellaneous topics of local land use law and process. Related duties as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:
-Assists municipal boards, the general public and others to apply planning and land use principals and applications;
-Assists with the County’s solid waste and recycling program;
-Assists with the County’s 911 addressing program.
-Prepares maps for in-house agencies and local planning boards when requested.
-Assists in collection, tabulation and analysis of data as it relates to County Planning and Solid Waste;
-Prepares reports necessary for the administration of the county transportation, solid waste and recycling program.
-Performs miscellaneous office work and maintains records of planning, solid waste and recycling unit activities;
-Develops comprehensive land use plans by researching and analyzing data such as land use regulations, design controls, historic preservation, environmental laws and any other pertinent information in the development and review of land use plans;
-Assists with answering questions and providing resources to local municipalities.
-Assists with local land use reviews under General Municipal Law 239.
-Acts as a lead on planning projects by coordinating and directing activities such as data collection and analysis, and project implementation;
-Prepares and provides oversight of the preparation of a variety of planning statistics, graphs, plans, designs, charts, records and reports;
-Plans and conducts field studies and surveys to collect demographic and other related planning data;
-Collects, tabulates, and analyzes data for use in connection with census statistics and population reports;
-Collects information and prepares documents for planning boards, site plan reviews, and community and economic development activities;
-Coordinates grant and county-funded activities with other departments and agencies by participating in meetings with department heads to discuss and evaluate the needs of their department;
-Participates in studies involving research, investigation, and analysis of sociological, economic, and environmental factors related to planning;
-Develops plans for large scale proposals involving landscape and architectural design aspects for a county;
-May attend and participate in informational meetings and conferences with municipal officials providing technical assistance and guidance with respect to planning projects and design.
-Related duties as required
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of the principles of land use planning; comprehensive plans and land use regulations; City, County, State and Federal laws, codes and regulations pertaining to community planning; Knowledge of the sociological, economic, environmental, engineering, designs and research factors in problems involved in community planning; Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs which may include Microsoft Office, Excel, Internet applications and GIS; Knowledge of relevant specialization such as transportation, land use, affordable housing, hazardous mitigation or Geo Informational Systems (GIS), solid waste, recycling; Strong oral communication and interpersonal skills; the ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously; Creative problem solving skills to gather relevant information to solve problems; the ability to understand complex oral and written directions; the ability to work well and communicate effectively with others; the ability to have tact and good judgment in decision making.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
(a) Graduation from a recognized college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Planning, Geography, Environmental
Science, Geology, Public Administration or related field; OR
(b) Graduation from a recognized college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree AND one (1) year of experience or its part-time
equivalent in municipal, community or regional planning; OR
(c) An equivalent combination of training and experience.
CLASSIFICATION: Competitive Applications are available at the Otsego County Personnel/Human Resources Office, 183 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326 or online at www.otsegocountyemployment.com.


Hazard mitigation/recovery part-time opportunities in NY.

Opportunities involve housing buyouts through the NY Rising program, and document retrieval teams for public assistance grants and will probably last a couple of years based on the amount of work and funding available. 

1.  Buyouts:  For the Buyout project, basically an H2O Team will be trained in the Mohawk Valley area to work in the field with communities to complete the Property Information forms in the FEMA Grant Application packet. It entails researching tax appraisal information, gathering floodplain information, maps, etc. Buyout are being funded by FEMA under Hurricane Irene and Sandy at 100% reimbursement. We've identified 10 jurisdictions within the Mohawk Valley area that are interested in submitting a grant application for properties in their community. To date, there are approximately 200 properties on the buyout list. H2O is seeking 2 part-time personnel preferably with a background in planning or mitigation. However, a professional individual that works well in a team environment that can be trained is fine too. The pay is $35-$40 per hour, plus travel expenses.

2.  Public Assistance Document Retrieval:   CDBG/PA/Document Retrieval Team (GOSR) - is a group of staff who will be traveling through affected communities retrieving documentation to complete files for Public Assistance projects. We start in Irene and Lee affected communities and will eventually move on to Sandy. Contract staff will need an insured vehicle, laptop, and some PA knowledge (training available). We are looking for resourceful, independent people who are comfortable traveling and working alone or in small teams with remote supervision. 

Both of these jobs will provide experience with FEMA and State Emergency Management programs that are very desirable for employers.