Finger Lakes PRISM (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management) Coordinator
Finger Lakes Institute


The successful candidate will coordinate with local, state, regional, and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, private enterprise, academic institutions, citizens, and others to manage invasive species efforts on behalf of the Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management. More information about the New York State PRISM network can be found at http://www.nyis.info/?action=prism_partners. The Finger Lakes PRISM covers seventeen NY counties: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Tioga, Steuben, Wayne, and Yates.

On behalf of the Finger Lakes PRISM, the candidate will develop an invasive species monitoring network, conduct education and outreach programs, facilitate volunteer training, lead the development of by-laws and a strategic plan, write quarterly and annual reports of PRISM activities, collaborate and coordinate with other PRISM offices throughout NY, manage data entry into ImapInvasives, develop invasive species educational materials, and seek other sources of financial support.

This position will be based at the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (www.hws.edu/fli) and will report to the Director of the Finger Lakes Institute.

Travel Requirements:

Travel is expected to include at least bi-annual trips to Albany, monthly PRISM meetings at various locations (or sometimes via webcasts), an annual PRISM conference, and regular meetings with stakeholders throughout the Finger Lakes region.


A Bachelor’s degree in Ecology, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, or related discipline is required. An advanced degree is preferred. Other desired qualifications include:

  • Five years of experience in Natural Resources field.
  • Evidence of leadership and facilitation experience.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team to prioritize tasks, juggle multiple competing priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Understanding of current social media tools (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) and trends.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Willingness and ability to travel and to work nights and weekends on occasion.
  • Possession of a valid U.S. driver’s license.


This is a grant funded, 12-month, benefits-eligible, administrative salaried position. Normal campus office hours of work are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This position description is not all-inclusive, as other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned.


Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and the names with contact information of at least three professional references (name, title, phone, email) by January 3, 2014 to:

Office of Human Resources
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
337 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456
email to: ferran@hws.edu


Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to attracting and supporting faculty and staff that fully represent the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the nation and actively seek applications from under-represented groups. The Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or any other protected status.

Founded as Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women, Hobart and William Smith Colleges today are a highly selective residential liberal arts institution with a single administration, faculty and curriculum but separate dean’s offices, student governments, athletic programs and traditions.  The Colleges are located in a small diverse city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  With an enrollment of approximately 2,000, the Colleges offer 62 different majors and minors from which students choose two areas of concentration, one of which must be an interdisciplinary program.  Creative and extensive programs of international study and public service are also at the core of the Colleges’ mission.