Archive for the ‘Funding and Jobs’ category

Rochester Fundraiser for the Christine Sevilla Wetland Preserve

March 5, 2011

Christine was a noted photographer and nature enthusiast of the Rochester area. Christine’s family and friends envision a natural area, including wetlands, preserved in her memory.  This vision includes an educational component, like an interpretive trail to help others recognize what Christine saw – an interconnected natural community of flora and fauna, soil and water. Perhaps even an  Arts and Music Festival to celebrate what Christine so treasured. Below is information about a fund-raising auction of her artwork on April 5 to raise money for the preserve. Click on it for a larger version or CLICK HERE for a link to the website where you can see samples of her beautiful work.



NYS DEC Lands and Forests Job Openings for Giant Hogweed Control

February 15, 2011

There are 8 positions open this summer for controlling giant hogweed.  Five positions for manual control and three for herbicide control.

The beginning compensation rate as of April 1, 2010 is $13.27.

To Apply
For more information on how to apply contact Naja Kraus at or 845-255-1701 (Fax). First review of applications to begin March 1st.

DEC’s giant hogweed page

This is why it is called giant.

Job Opening for Assistant Plant Inspector for Emerald Ash Borer in Otsego County

February 3, 2011

POSITION: Assistant Plant Inspector
SALARY: $15.93/hour
APPOINTMENT: Temporary, Non-Competitive
LOCATION: Otsego County

POSITION DESCRIPTION: As an Assistant Plant Inspector, you will be assigned to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Control Program.  The objective of the EAB Control Program is to minimize human assisted spread of this insect within New York and to adjacent states.  This position will ensure regulated material is properly transported, the appropriate documents are used, and that regulated establishments are in compliance.  Some duties will include, but not limited to:  participate in tradeshows, fairs, present at industry meetings to gain compliance of regulated parties, schedule quarterly mulch inspections for establishments holding a mulch agreement, conduct regulatory enforcement checkpoints along key routes out of the regulated area and major transportation routes within the State, and also follow up on any suspect emerald ash borer reports by the public or industry.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 30 College Credits – preferably in horticulture, forestry, plant pathology, botany, entomology, environmental studies/plant science, or a biological science primarily related to the scientific study of plants or animals.

TO APPLY: Forward resume by February 25, 2011 to:

Ms. Christine A. Pettograsso
NYS Dept of Agriculture and Markets
Human Resources Management
10B Airline Drive
Albany, NY 12235
Telephone:  (518) 457-3216
Fax:  (518) 457-8852

Support the Long Island Plant Atlas!

December 17, 2010

The Long Island Botanical Society is raising funds to publish their Atlas of Vascular Plants of Long Island. If you would like to help, the contribution form is below.  Click on it for a larger image.

Fellowship Available at Mohonk Preserve, Ulster County

October 22, 2010

Mohonk Preserve is once again pleased to announce our 2010-2011 fellowship opportunities under the Loewy-Mohonk Preserve Liaison Fellowship program.   Located in the northern Shawangunk Mountains of eastern New York State, the Mohonk Preserve protects nearly 7,000 acres of land. The condition of the Preserve’s forest have degraded due to more than 50 years of fire suppression,  white-tailed deer browsing impacts, and the increasing presence of invasive species.  The Mohonk Preserve is seeking to restore the viability of natural communities, native species and the ecological processes they depend on. Forest restoration at a landscape scale will require an integrated management approach to abate the multiple threats that have been identified. It will also depend on a shared vision of desired future conditions and commitment to implementation, monitoring and adaptive management.  Through the 2010-11 Loewy-Mohonk Preserve Liaison Fellowship, up to $10,000 will be awarded to a project (or projects) that will contribute to the understanding and conservation of this ecologically significant landscape.

The program guidelines and announcement flyer listing some of our highest priority subjects and information about the Daniel Smiley Research Center can be found on our website at

Should you be interested in applying for a fellowship, please take a look at the guidelines at the link above or feel free to forward this information to others who may be interested.

Deadline for applications is November 30th 2010.

Our fellowship opportunities are made possible through funding from The Loewy Family Foundation, Inc.

Please contact Paul Huth, Director of Research, or John Thompson, Natural Resources Specialist at the Mohonk Preserve if you have questions or need further information.

Paul Huth – 845-255-5969, fax: 845-255-1018

How Prepared is the U.S. to Meet Future Botanical Challenges?

August 13, 2010

The Chicago Botanic Garden and Botanic Gardens Conservation International ‘s U.S. office have been working with partners across the country to assess current and future botanical capacity in the United States.  The aim of this grant-funded project is to understand the resources we currently have to conserve and manage native plant species and habitat, identify gaps in capacity and highlight opportunities to fill them in the future. You may download the final report HERE.  Below is an excerpt from the preface:

“Plants are central to the future of scientific discovery, human well-being, and the sustainable use and preservation of the nation’s resources. The botanical community in the United States plays a mission-critical role in researching, conserving, and sustainably managing our plant diversity and resources. Botanical expertise is required to address current and future grand challenges and issues, including climate change mitigation, land management and wildlife habitat restoration, understanding the provision of ecosystem services, management and control of invasive species, and the conservation and recovery of rare species. Despite the fundamental role botanical capacity
plays in tackling each of these issues, this report outlines where botanical capacity, particularly human capacity, is lacking across all sectors  government, academic, and private). In the United States over the past two decades, the botanical community has experienced significant changes in
the demands placed upon it and the resources available to it. Since the early 1990s a series of published and anecdotal reports have outlined declining botanical capacity in many facets of this sector. This includes declines in human resources like botanical training and expertise, financial and management-level support for research, education and application, and the loss of infrastructure
such as herbaria. The nation’s science and land management agenda is suffering as a result.”

In light of New York’s decreased state funding for botany, this report is very timely. We need more botanists and botanical funding to protect our flora in New York.

Torrey Botanical Society Offers Research Award for Students

August 28, 2009

We are pleased to offer to student members for 2010 for the first time the Andrew M. Greller Graduate Research Award for Conservation of Local Flora and Ecosystems.  This is an annual award funded by Dr. Greller for outstanding student research directed towards preserving habitat or saving plants and ecosystems from habitat destruction in the Torrey Range, a lifelong passion of his.  We continue to offer the Torrey Botanical Society’s Student Fellowship and Training Awards to student members and the Symposium award to all members.  See details on the Society’s website