August 31, 2017 | Job Opportunities

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POSITION: Social Science Assistant, Fall 2017

ORGANIZATION:  NEW YORK CITY URBAN FIELD STATION

POSTING DATE: August 28, 2017

SUMMARY:

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The New York City Urban Field Station has a social science assistant position to assist with the completion of replicating the Stewardship Assessment and Mapping Project (STEW-MAP), for New York City, in addition to help with other social assessment work affiliated with the NYC Urban Field Station. The assistant will contribute to the STEW-MAP project through developing a database of contacts and by managing a web-based stewardship group survey of stewardship groups that protect and restore the environment in NYC.

The paid intern position will begin immediately, for at least 10 weeks, for 10 to 15 hours per week.

AGENCY BACKGROUND: The New York City Urban Field Station, a partnership between the USDA Forest Service and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, seeks to improve the quality of life in urban areas by conducting and supporting research about social-ecological systems and natural resource management. Efforts focus on promoting natural resource stewardship and ecological literacy within New York City, as well as conducting comparative research that can be shared across a network of urban areas in the United States and beyond.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Developing a database of organization contacts.
  • Assisting with design and implementation of a web survey. Data entry and QA/QC.
  • Managing web survey emails and responses.
  • Conducting follow-up phone calls to enhance response rate.
  • Contributing to an assessment report.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Community Development, Sociology, Geography, Social Work, or a similar field is preferred.
  • A minimum of third-year undergraduate status is required.
  • Experience with managing EXCEL data files.
  • Experience with online survey software.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.

PREFERRED SKILLS

  • Graduate degree (or current student working towards related degree).
  • Experience/interest in social science research methods. Experience with GIS and managing large datasets.

HOW TO APPLY: To apply, please submit an application (cover letter, resume, and at least 2 references) to Michelle Johnson at michelleljohnson@fs.fed.us. Position open until filled (Posted August 25, 2017).

Please note that this position will be hired through the City Parks Foundation, an equal opportunity employer.