The Long Island Invasive Species Management Area


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The Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (including Staten Island)

Employment Opportunities:

LIISMA is Accepting Applications for Invasive Species Outreach Coordinator through April 17, 2017. 

Further Details Below:


Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (LIISMA)

Invasive Species Outreach Coordinator

Job Description


The Long Island Native Plant Initiative Inc. (LINPI) is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to conserve the genetic diversity of Long Island’s native plants with a particular emphasis on the production and use of ecotypes.  The organization’s activities include seed collection, propagation, and sale of native plant materials as well as the education of horticulture professionals and the general public on the importance of conserving the genetics of native plant species.  The Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (LIISMA), the local Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) is coordinated by LINPI in an effort to further protect the region’s native plant populations through the prevention and management of invasive species.  



The LIISMA Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for implementing invasive species education outreach and removal activities.  The candidate will provide leadership and technical support in the development, management, and advancement of invasive species programming for the Long Island region including Staten Island.  The LIISMA Outreach Coordinator will develop and support volunteer, internship, and fellowship programs.  Activities may include, but are not limited to: developing and disseminating educational materials related to invasive species; organizing and assisting with volunteer field efforts; developing and implementing citizen science activities; developing and implementing community training workshops, outreach events and activities; conducting grant writing; and utilizing social media. 



The Outreach Coordinator will assist to the LIISMA Coordinator with various activities related to the LIISMA PRISM. The candidate will implement outreach events, projects, and activities with the goal of increasing the effectiveness of invasive species prevention, management, and eradication. This position requires sufficient invasive species, conservation, and natural resource management work experience in order to perform the following functions:

Outreach Coordination

  • Foster cross-site learning among diverse groups including landowners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to recruit support for LIISMA/ LINPI.
  • Coordinate the planning and direction of a comprehensive and integrated invasive species education and outreach program.
  • Coordinate and present programming on best management practices for invasive species identification, prevention, control, and site restoration.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of conferences, citizen science training, and invasive species education workshops.
  • Coordinate volunteer activities and assist local partner groups with invasive species projects.
  • Contribute updates and content for websites and social media accounts.
  • Aid in the development and implementation of grants to further programming.

Field Activities

  • Lead and assist volunteer teams in the identification and removal of terrestrial and aquatic invasive species.
  • Address critical invasive species threats by conducting or coordinating research, planning, surveying, mapping, as well as prioritizing management, restoration, and monitoring of invasive species infestations.
  • Analyze species distribution trends and management efficiency through data collection programs including geographic information systems and databases in order to set priorities for prevention and management.
  • Assist with invasive species surveys and mapping using iMap Invasives.
  • Aid in the development and use of ecologically appropriate plant materials for restoration.       
  • Work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.



  • BA or BS in Ecology, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science/Studies, Biology, Education, or related field and 2 years of experience.
  • Practical experience in invasive species ecology and management.
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means.
  • Experience communicating with the public and/or media, both in writing and verbally, and comfortable speaking in front of a wide variety of audiences.
  • Leadership experience in managing staff, students, or volunteers.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access), Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, Websites), Google Applications, and Constant Contact.
  • Skilled in data collection and processing of geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS).
  • Experience in invasive and native species identification and management including the ability to use dichotomous keys.
  • Experience with SEQRA, Threatened and Endangered Species, Wetland, and Cultural Resource regulations.Must have a valid driver's license. Certification as a NYS Pesticide Commercial Applicator/Technician, or the ability to acquire one within 90 days of hire.



  • Minimum qualifications outlined above plus:
  • Knowledge of aquatic (freshwater and marine) and terrestrial habitats.
  • Ability to convey best management practices to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices related to conservation, invasive species, urbanization, restoration and natural resource management.
  • Experience in training and curriculum design.
  • Experience writing or assisting in the creation of factsheets, lesson plans, or group activities.
  • Experience in event planning.
  • Demonstrated success in grant and contract writing and implementation.
  • Experience in horticulture and nursery production.
  • Knowledge of environmental affairs policy.



Schedule: The position is a full time salaried position.  Most work will occur during regular business hours (Monday through Friday), with occasional duties and activities occurring on weekends and early evenings.  Overnight travel for meetings and trainings will occasionally be required.

Conditions: The LIISMA coverage area extends from Richmond (Staten Island), Kings (Brooklyn), Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties, requiring travel within the NYC Metro region across Long Island to Fishers Island and occasionally throughout New York State.  By its nature, the position entails work in both inside and outside locations where temperatures, weather, insects, and other climatic conditions will vary significantly.  As such, the individual must be suited to working in such conditions without undue burden.  At times, this position can require kneeling, stooping, extensive walking and hiking, lifting heavy objects up to 50 lbs., and occasional handling of pesticides or other chemical products.  May require long hours in isolated settings, challenging field conditions, or public spaces.

Compensation: This is a salaried position of $45,000 per year plus generous benefits package.



Send a cover letter and resume with three professional references in a single PDF document to Joanne Klein, LIISMA Coordinator, at no later than 5 p.m. on April 17, 2017.  Please type “LIISMA Outreach Coordinator Position” in the subject heading.   No phone calls or email inquiries please.



In The News

New lists posted for all invasive species in the PRISM

Check out the Species Lists page for lists of invasive species for the PRISM that were posted in September 2016


Arthraxon grass discovered on Long Island (SEPT 2015)

Arthraxon, (Arthaxon hispidus) is an invasive grass that can be found in many of the same places that Japanese Stiltgrass grows; floodplains, shorelines, wet meadows, wet trails and roadsides. It was found in the summer of 2015 for the first time on Long Island near Big Reed Pond in Montauk.  There are only three other localities known from New York but it is a big problem in states south of New York. Keep your eyes open for this invasive grass by looking for the wide clasping leaves that have very long cilia toward the base of them.  You can Google the scientific name for more information.

Town Bamboo Codes Compiled

The Website Dr. Bamboo has compiled a list of towns and the bamboo codes they have in effect.  Access it here.

The New State Regulations on Invasive Species Are Now In Effect (March 2015)

You can find more information on the regulations and the lists of prohibited and regulated species on our Legislation Page.

DEC starts work on Southern Pine Beetle Control (Feb 2016)

DEC Region 1 has strarted to assess and control the damage to our pitch pines on Long Island before the insects begin their dispersal. We hope the low temperatures experienced on Long Island recently will slow their advance.

The latest information from DEC can be found by CLICKING HERE.

Clean, Drain, and Dry for Paddlers

Check out this video on the techniques for preventing the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species


Kudzu Bug Makes Rapid Progress Toward New York

The exotic kudzu bug, Megacopta cribraria, was first found in Georgia in 2009 and is now found as far north as Maryland and Delaware.  This stink bug eats kudzu but also eats soybean and possibly native legumes like hog peanut.  It also gathers in large numbers on the sides of houses. We will monitor the kudzu infestations we have in New York to see if or when it arrives. We are in the process of surveying and updating all of our kudzu locations in New York this summer.

More information about the bug and a distribution map can be found by CLICKING HERE


MORE!         Species Alert Page!              

Go to our species alert page to see a list of early detection species with informative web links.

Keep your eye out for these species so they don't become established in LIISMA!

MORE!           Long Island Goat Grazing Study 2005-06

CLICK HERE to go to the resources page to read about the study.