Ecological Restoration Project Manager/Restoration Planner

New York, NY, US

The Natural Resources Group (NRG) is a division within NYC Parks & Recreation, and is responsible for acquisition, protection, restoration, and management of remnant and restored natural areas within the nearly 29,000 acres of City. NRG develops natural areas management and restoration programs and provides technical research that aids in the protection of the City’s natural resources. NRG has a full-time 1.5 year position available (with
potential for extension), to implement wetland restoration, coastal waterfront access and living shoreline, watershed planning, and wetlands assessment projects with the aim of meeting environmental and community-oriented goals.


  • Under direction of the Wetlands Restoration Program Manager, manage the development, planning, permitting, and implementation of wetlands and aquatic resource restoration, assessment and watershed planning projects.
  • Work with agency staff and partner organizations to identify restoration needs and provide guidance on restoration designs based on ecological and physical principals and processes across a range of systems, including coastal and freshwater wetlands, streams, living shorelines, and stormwater capture wetlands.
  • Prepare permit applications for wetlands and stormwater management and coordinate with regulatory agencies.
  • Prepare consultant scopes of work and coordinate in-house and contractor efforts related to restoration design and construction, including site assessment, soil sampling, topographic surveys, and construction oversight.
  • Collaborate with multiple stakeholders in an interdisciplinary and governmental context to achieve project goals.
  • Research, analyze, frame, and document opportunities to advance restoration and watershed planning.
  • Compile, analyze and interpret environmental studies, and prepare technical reports and presentations on project status and objectives for funders, collaborators, and the public.


  1. A Master’s Degree from an accredited university with specialization in environmental science or a related subject; or
  2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties described above; or
  3. High School graduation or equivalent and six years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties as described above; or
  4. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. However, all candidates must have at least one year of experience as described in “1” above.
  5. A Motor Vehicle Driver License valid in the State of New York.


  • A graduate degree or with a specialization in natural resource management, water resources, hydrology, environmental planning, landscape architecture, environmental science, or a related field.
  • Working knowledge of ecological restoration, stormwater BMP, and watershed management practices.
  • Knowledge hydrology, soils, and native plants for wetland and shoreline restoration design.
  • Familiarity with a broad range of field methodologies, analytical approaches and techniques, and statistical analyses.
  • High level of competence with GIS, spatial analysis, and statistical tools.
  • Excellent leadership, analytic, communication, and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to conduct research and manage projects.
  • Proven track record of goal-based accomplishments.

To apply, please submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample to: Rebecca Swadek at [email protected].

Location: Manhattan, New York
Salary: $27.37 to $38.31 per hour, commensurate with experience
Approximate: Start Date 05/01/2017