Natural Resource Steward – Carpenter Falls (PO-00734983)

* 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.*

Help protect scenic & fragile ecosystems while gaining valuable natural resource management skills by becoming a Natural Resource Steward!

This 16-week position seeks to place one intern within two high-use and ecologically sensitive Unique Areas of Central New York, who will work alongside officials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) on projects that help preserve and protect the unique natural resources at Carpenter Falls and Labrador Hollow Unique Area.

Member Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Educating the public on the proper use of public lands, Leave No Trace, and providing information on Rules and Regulations
  • Maintain daily usage reports for both Unique Areas and creating weekly reports
  • Educating the public regarding current environmental topics such as forest health, invasive species, fire danger, etc.
  • Notifying the Forest Ranger and Forester with respect to potential problems such as those involving hazardous trail conditions and emergencies that he/she encounters
  • Performing minor trail maintenance (such as removing blowdown w/ hand tools, keeping boardwalks/stone steps clear of debris, installing or replacing trail markers and signs, and cleaning drainage devices).
  • Keeping facilities free of trash
  • Working with other staff as requested
  • Performing first aid/CPR in emergencies

Requirements to Serve:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must have a personal vehicle
  • Must be a Citizen, National or Lawful Permanent Residing Alien of the US
  • Must be physically capable of performing field work common to the assigned work area over rough terrain and during inclement weather

Necessary Job Skills:

  • Good communication skills and ability to interact with the public
  • Ability to negotiate difficult terrain and work in remote areas
  • Self-starter: ability and willingness to work alone
  • Ability to utilize hand-held GPS for data collection
  • Ability to lift heavy objects (up to 45 pounds)


  • Promote public safety and awareness
  • Provide resource protection
  • Educate the recreating public


$160/week living allowance
$570/month housing allowance if housing is not provided
$80 reimbursement for work pants
$1,718 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of your term of service

Eligibility for Federal Student Loan forbearance and interest payment deferment through AmeriCorps for qualifying student loans.

*All Allowances are subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.

If you have any questions or would like more information about opportunities with the Natural Resource Stewards, do not hesitate to contact Victoria Yargeau at [email protected] or call 571-895-1742 between the hours of 9 AM – 5 PM (EST). ​

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Position ID: PO-00734983

Expected Dates: May 22, 2023 - September 10, 2023

Training Provided: • 4-Day SCA orientation • Trail tool safety • DEC / Radio Rules and Regulations • First Aid • Anti-Harassment Training • Driver Safety Training

Professional Development Opportunities: A professional development series is hosted by the New York State SCA Program Coordinators over one month.  Dates TBD but topics include:

  • Resume Workshop
  • Job Board Navigation
  • How to Interview
  • Introduction to GIS and GPS
Depending on your site and workload, you may not be able to attend the live events, but recordings and opportunities for discussion will be made available to you.

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

Needed to travel between field locations.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
C.Partner will pay the SCA to provide housing allowance for the member.

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

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