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.
One of the first programs the NAC will support is the City's response to climate vulnerability. NACand NYC Parks will participate in developing a comprehensive climate change resiliency strategy, including engineered and green solutionsthat will be a model for other cities at sea-level worldwide.
The NAC has an opening for a wetlands 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. This 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 LA 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 will work 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 experience working 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
The position is currently funded for one and a half years with a (target) start date of May 1, 2014. Salary is commensurate with experience.
How to apply
To apply, please submit a cover letter with the position title, resume and contact information for three references to:
Marit Larson, Director of Wetlands Restoration, firstname.lastname@example.org
1234 Fifth Ave, New York, NY, 10029, US