Hydrilla Field Crew Member
Finger Lakes Institute


Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) is dedicated to the promotion of environmental research and education about the Finger Lakes and surrounding environments. In collaboration with regional environmental partners and state and local government offices, the Institute fosters environmentally-sound development practices throughout the region, and disseminates accumulated knowledge to the public.

The Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (FL-PRISM) is a network of partners in 17 counties of the Finger Lakes region of New York and brings together the resources of a diverse range of organizations to prevent, detect, control, and manage invasive species; ultimately reducing their proliferation and impacts. With the cost to control invasive species within the United States estimated between $120B and $137B annually (Pimentel et al. 2005, Runyon et al. 2012), the FL-PRISM allows for sharing and leveraging of limited resources within the partnership while representing a highly-visible program that builds community awareness and participation.


  • Under the direction of the Hydrilla Field Crew Team Lead and the Hydrilla Project Manager, s/he will help survey and collect data for Hydrilla and other aquatic invasive species in the Finger Lakes.
  • Hydrilla Field Crew Member will use watercraft, hip waders, and other tools to survey for aquatic macrophytes, and input infestations into the iMapInvasives software.
  • Hydrilla Field Crew Member will be required to train with FL-PRISM and FLI on protocols, field safety, and sampling methodologies prior going in the field and will complete paid office days after the end of the program to process paperwork and equipment as necessary.
  • Strive to help create a cohesive functioning team by practicing good employee practices.
  • Ensure compliance with FLI and HWS rules and regulations and work to resolve any issues that arise.
  • Engage in weekly team meetings and help meet daily/weekly priorities for data collection, professional skill-building and team-building exercises.
  • Help keep tools and field equipment in proper working order, and maintain safe field operations.


Working Conditions

  • Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.
  • Requires long hours in both isolated settings, and public spaces.

Travel Requirements
Some weekends and evening hours will be required. Occasional overnight trips may be required. Work vehicles may be available for use however, use of personal vehicle will be necessary.  Successful candidate will be reimbursed for work related travel when using personal vehicle, at a rate of $0.545 per mile. Successful candidate must have their own reliable transportation.

Position Benefits and Salary
The Hydrilla Field Crew Member position is a temporary, benefits ineligible position at the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The pay rate for this position is $12.50 per hour, 40 hours per week for 12 weeks or 480 hours of work from mid-July - fall.


Minimum Qualifications

  • 12 credit hours towards an Undergraduate Degree (Ecology, Biology, Natural Resources or similar preferred)
  • Experience in performing physical outdoor work, preferably biological monitoring.
  • Experience in recognizing plant and animal species.
  • Experience using Global Positioning Units to map and survey organisms.
  • Experience or desire to get wet, muddy, and work in wetland or aquatic ecosystems
  • Experience in working in a team environment.
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required (e.g., First Aid, CPR, and driver’s license)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of Geographic Information System to make maps using collected data.
  • Good team player with flexibility, strong communication and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated leadership capability through college or extracurricular activities.
  • Ability to perform physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions or in inclement weather, in a safe and appropriate manner.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Software (word, excel, power point, access)
  • Working knowledge of social media (twitter, Facebook) and website maintenance


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter describing training and experience applicable to the position, resume, and contact information for three references Interfolio https://apply.interfolio.com/51092.

If you have any questions about using Interfolio, please send to baroody@hws.edu.


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Founded as Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women, Hobart and William Smith Colleges today are a highly selective residential liberal arts institution with a single administration, faculty and curriculum but separate dean’s offices, student governments, athletic programs and traditions.  The Colleges are located in a small diverse city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  With an enrollment of approximately 2,000, the Colleges offer 62 different majors and minors from which students choose two areas of concentration, one of which must be an interdisciplinary program.  Creative and extensive programs of international study and public service are also at the core of the Colleges’ mission.



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