The Capital Region Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (CR-PRISM) hosted by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County is seeking motivated and qualified Invasive Species Technicians and Watercraft Inspection Stewards to help protect our lands and waters by joining our team. Invasive Species Technicians and Watercraft Inspection Stewards are responsible for delivering prevention, detection, management, and restoration programs designed to protect the environment from the negative impacts of invasive species.
The CR-PRISM is administering a set of deliverables for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation with financial support through the New York State Environmental Protection Fund. Seasonal technicians and watercraft inspection stewards will work throughout the eleven counties of the Capital Region while advancing conservation programs. Come and join our team today and help protect our natural resources.
Click the links below to fill out an application.
(3) Three Invasive Species Technicians
Apply by 3/29/2023
(10) Ten Watercraft Inspection Stewards
Positions Open Until Filled
Current Species Highlight
Spongy Moth (Formerly known as gypsy moth)
The spongy moth is a defoliating insect native to France and originally introduced in the US in 1869. Generally preferring to feed on the leaves of oak trees, they also feed on apples, maples, hickories, birches, pines and much more.
Caterpillars eat young, tender leaves in the spring, and in outbreak years can lead to mass defoliation. Typically however, the leaves will regrow (albeit somewhat smaller) by midsummer allowing the tree to continue photosynthesizing as normal.
For a fact sheet from the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences NYS Integrated Pest Management Program, with information about identification, control, when you should worry and more, click here (leaves website).
For the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation fact sheet with information on phenology, control options, helping trees recover from outbreak and more, visit the DEC fact page here (leaves website).
For the leaflet from the USDA Forest Service with detailed information on life history, natural enemies, control and bio-controls and more, click here.
What are Invasive Species?
Report an invasive Species
iMapInvasives is an online mapping tool that provides statewide invasive species distribution information to natural resource managers, scientists, and citizens. Learn about the program and start contributing data by attending an iMap training session. To schedule a training for staff, volunteers, or the public, please contact PRISM staff.
Contact a Coordinator
PRISM Coordinator: Kristopher Williams