Program Coordinator - NY Mammal Survey

SUNY ESF Roosevelt Wild Life Station
Syracuse, New York
Minimum $45K/year, commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 4, 2021

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The New York Mammal Survey (NYMS) seeks a biologist with small mammal expertise to serve as Program Coordinator.  NYMS is the first comprehensive, statewide assessment of the distribution of New York’s terrestrial and freshwater mammals.  Our approach combines several sources of data, e.g., citizen accounts via Zooniverse, existing but uncatalogued records from the published literature as well as research and monitoring projects, and our own field surveys.  These data are managed online, enabling public exploration of records by specific temporal or geographic scope within the state of New York, and ultimately will be used to inform species distributions and changes over time.  The Program Coordinator works closely with PI(s) Jacqueline Frair (SUNY ESF Roosevelt Wild Life Station) and Matt Schlesinger (NY Natural Heritage Program) and biologists from the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), in consultation with the NYMS advisory committee. 

Primary duties:

  • Manage field data collection:  Coordinate survey locations across the 9 different NYS DEC regions, train state biologists and field techs in field protocol, and manage field equipment loans and replacement purchases; manage tablets and app used for data collection; manage research permits, renewals, and reports.
  • Manage Google Drive connections and database:  periodically pull georeferenced data from online databases (e.g., Zooniverse, GBIF), bulk upload research and other reference data into NYMS database, and manage/clean tablet-based field data. 
  • Confirm/check species ID:  quality check field and online data sources, coordinate genetic confirmation of field specimens via the Whipps lab at ESF.
  • Coordinate web site updates with external contractor; prepare and manage text and reference materials for website.

Additional duties:

  • Provide public and scientific talks, produce periodic reports, and contribute to scientific papers on the New York Mammal Survey.
  • Manage purchasing card, volunteer appointments and related travel expense paperwork.
  • Manage and regularly update NYMS social media accounts (e.g., Twitter, Facebook).


  • MS degree required, preferably with expertise in small mammal identification, surveying, and natural history.
  • Excellent data management skills, with working knowledge of R and ArcGIS required.  Coding aptitude also required, with experience in Python and SQL desired.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work effectively with a diversity of stakeholders.

DURATION:  The position will be filled as soon as possible, extend through March 2023, and may extend additional years depending upon available funding. 

SALARY:  Minimum $45,000, salary commensurate with experience

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, candidates should submit their application by November 30, 2021 to ensure optimal consideration.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Employment application is required to be submitted on-line at, via the Apply Now link. Attach cover letter, CV, resume and contact information for three employment references.  Submit enquiries about the position to Jacqui Frair ( and Matt Schlesinger (   

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