The New York City Urban Field Station seeks three Field Researchers to conduct fieldwork for the Citywide Social Assessment of Natural Areas. This field season, an interdisciplinary team of researchers and land managers from the U.S. Forest Service and the Natural Areas Conservancy will build off of the 2013 pilot season to expand their Social Assessment work to all natural areas throughout New York City. This Social Assessment uses mixed research methods to explore how communities perceive, value, use, and care for natural areas and open spaces in the area.
Methods include field observations, photo documentation, and brief interviews with community members encountered in the field. Data and findings will be used to inform and improve management and programming of NYC’s natural areas, and to better engage communities, support civic stewardship, and enhance the social and cultural values of natural areas. Qualifications involve a graduate degree in Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Community Development, Sociology, Geography, Social work, or a related field (or current students working towards related degree).
This is a 12 week position, with submitted applications reviewed immediately. Positions are open until filled. Download the application here.