Backcountry Steward Internship-Essex Chain Canoe Recreation Area

Expected Dates
May 19, 2014 to September 7, 2014
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Position ID
This position will primarily involve maintaining scattered campsites, many of which are accessible by canoe. This position requires the willingness and ability to travel by canoe and by foot and work alone in remote, rugged terrain and inclement weather conditions. The incumbent will be required to work weekends and spend periods of time camping alone in the backcountry. Physical work will be a large component of this position. The ability to use a map and compass (or GPS unit) will be essential. Specific duties and responsibilities include the following:

- Perform impacted site restoration;
- Perform routine maintenance on trails and other facilities using hand tools (e.g. axe, bow saw, loppers, etc.) including blowdown removal, trail side cutting, and the removal of debris and garbage;
- Provide information and education to users relating to the proper use and protection of the natural resource;
- Promote Leave-No-Trace practices;
- Provide assistance and advice to users regarding trails and other facilities;
- Inspect trails and other facilities to determine condition and maintenance requirements;
- Take inventory measurements, both quantitative and qualitative, of specific trail and camping area conditions, and patterns of use, to assist the Department in its resource management programs;
- Collect information on user group size, use of specific trails, and use of camping areas;
- Assist with other SCA and volunteer trail maintenance projects;
- Under the direction of a Forest Ranger, assist in back country emergencies, including search, rescue, injuries, and evacuations;
- Provide radio communication for emergency operations;
- Maintain records, prepare and submit reports relating to daily activities, public use, maintenance needs, and special reports as needed;
- Participate in training as required; and
- Other duties as assigned connected to the conservation project.

Minimum Qualifications
- Must be 18 years of age or older;
- Must have Associates Degree or 60 college credit hours in environmental education, natural resources management, biology, environmental studies, or a related field preferred or 6 months experience in environmental conservation work in a park or recreation setting;
- Must have a valid driver’s license;
- Must be physically capable of performing field work common to the assigned work area over rough terrain and during inclement weather; and
- Must have experience canoeing.
  • The Essex Chain of Lakes is an 18,188 acre tract of land recently purchased by the State. The tract is located in the heart of the Adirondack Park in northern New York State. With an extensive road network, eleven lakes and ponds interconnected or within portaging distance of each other to provide a 6 to 7 mile canoe route, 14.7 miles of Hudson River shoreline, and 8.5 miles of Cedar River shoreline, the tract offers abundant opportunities for public recreation including: canoeing, hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking and cross country skiing.
  • Orientation training, back country trail work, campsite and facility monitoring, Leave No Trace

  • No
Main Area of Focus
Recreation Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
degree minor or extensive experience
Resource Management
degree minor or extensive experience
competent without supervision
Customer Service
competent with supervision
Field Research
competent with supervision
Hand Tools
competent without supervision
Trail Maintenance
competent with supervision