SCA and New York State Parks seek enthusiastic conservationists to provide critical environmental education and stewardship for State Parks in the Allegany, Finger Lakes, Central, Niagara, and Thousand Islands regions of New York State. Members share housing in groups of 3-5 members per location. Service activities range from providing environmental education and interpretation, to trail restoration, wildlife management, and organizing volunteer events. All 20 Parks Corps members will join together regularly throughout upstate New York for SCA trainings that include Wilderness First Aid Certification, CPR, Leave No Trace Trainer, and other professional development opportunities as they arise. Members serving in a stewardship role will also receive Game of Logging Chainsaw Certification, while members serving in an education role will receive Project Learning Tree and/or Certified Interpretive Guide. The mission of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is to provide safe and enjoyable recreational and interpretive opportunities for all New York State residents and visitors and to be responsible stewards of our valuable natural, historic and cultural resources. NYS Parks Corps members serve under the direction of regional Parks staff to assist in accomplishing this mission.
This position serves as a candidate pool for the 2024 SCA New York State Parks Corps program. If you are interested in serving with us, please apply to this position and we will keep you up to date as we start the recruiting process in late summer/early fall 2023.
The SCA New York State Parks Corps program will continue to follow local, state and federal guidelines in response to Covid-19.
This position requires that you become enrolled in AmeriCorps. If you are selected for this program please be sure to accept AmeriCorps during the SCA offer process. No travel allowance will be offered for this position even if it is stated on your confirmation of acceptance.
SCA NYS Parks Corps Overview: The SCA New York State Parks Corps covers five regions of New York State: Allegany, Central, Finger Lakes, Niagara, and Thousand Islands. Corps members are placed at one of these host sites and serve at the state parks in their region. Service activities range from providing environmental education and interpretation, to trail restoration and volunteer initiatives. Members join together regularly for trainings, service projects, or other community events. The mission of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is to provide safe and enjoyable recreational and interpretive opportunities for all New York State residents and visitors and to be responsible stewards of our valuable natural, historic and cultural resources.
Trail Stewardship Coordinator
Piping Plover Steward
Invasive Species Management Steward
Requirements to Serve:
Commitment to serve the full length of your position, and to complete a minimum of 1700 hours of service
At least 18 years of age
Ability to pass a background check
A Citizen, National or Lawful Permanent Residing Alien of the US
Access to a personal vehicle and US driver's license valid for 3+ years
Commitment to attend all SCA required events
Passion and enthusiasm for conservation
The opportunity to provide 10 months of service alongside conservation professionals and like-minded individuals
$300/week living allowance
Free housing OR housing allowance provided
$6,895 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of your term
AmeriCorps Loan Forbearance and Interest Deferral
Optional Health Insurance
For more information, don't hesitate to contact NYS Parks Corps staff:
Email: [email protected]
Position ID: PO-00735770
Expected Dates: January 22, 2024 - November 18, 2024
NYS Office of Parks, Rec & Historic Preservation
Training Provided: Wilderness First Aid & CPR Certification Game of Logging Levels 1&2 (stewardship members only) Project Learning Tree (education members only) Certified Interpretive Guide (education members only) Driver Safety Training Leave No Trace Trainer
Handicap Accessible?: No
Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt
AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible
Driving Logistics: Required
NYS Parks Corps positions are located in rural areas; personal vehicle and driver's license valid for 3+ years are required to commute to work and for personal use throughout the service term.
Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member
Typically, shared housing is provided by New York State Parks for the duration of the program. A housing allowance will be provided for positions that do not offer housing.
US Citizenship: Yes