Natural Resource Steward – Cranberry Lake (PO-00734913)

* 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.*

Calling all hikers! Come help protect the scenic Adirondack Park while gaining valuable conservation skills by becoming a Natural Resource Steward!

The Student Conservation Association, in collaboration with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, seeks to place an intern working in Cranberry Lake Wild Forest and the Five Ponds Wilderness Area. 

This intern will work for a duration of 16 weeks along personnel from NYSDEC on projects that help preserve and protect these unique natural resources.  This position includes a $160 weekly stipend and a $570 monthly housing allowance.  This intern will be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award at the completion of their service.

Member Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Educating the public on proper use of public lands
  • Providing information on trail conditions, parking and Rules and Regulations
  • Provide information on Leave No Trace principles and low impact hiking and camping
  • Notifying the Forest Ranger and Forester with respect to potential problems such as those involving hazardous trail conditions, public use, and emergencies they encounter
  • Performing minor trail maintenance such as removing blowdown, installing trail markers, cleaning drainage structures, and working with other staff as directed
  • Perform minor primitive campsite maintenance such as cleaning up trash, cleaning fire rings, putting out un-attended campfires, and re-locating privies
  • Monitoring human visitation patterns
  • Performing campsite and trail assessments
  • Recording GPS data
  • Performing first aid and CPR in emergencies
  • Providing support for existing volunteer networks
  • Work with the Assistant Forest Ranger to patrol Cranberry Lake primitive campsites in a motorboat

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 have ankle high hiking boots with lug sole and own camping gear – backpack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, cook stove, water filter, rain gear, orienteering-style compass, etc
  • Must be physically capable of performing field work common to the assigned work area over rough terrain and during inclement weather

Necessary Job Skills:

  • Ability to navigate using a map and compass or GPS
  • Willingness to work in adverse weather conditions
  • Ability to hike 5-10 miles with a backpack
  • Interest in interacting with the public and providing information on sustainable recreation
  • Ability to hike, backpack, and sometimes camp in backcountry locations


  • Provide information to recreational users and reduce negative impacts to the Forest Preserve
  • Improve safety of recreational users and maintenance of facilities
  • Reduce the risk of unattended / escaped campfires
  • Perform campsite assessments, campsite, and trail maintenance

$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-00734913

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

6739 US Hwy 11
Potsdam, NY

Training Provided: - DEC Radio Rules and Regulations - First Aid/CPR/AED - Leave No Trace principles - Trail tool safety - Anti-Harassment Training - Driver Safety Training - BoatUS Boater Safety Training (when applicable)

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: Backcountry/Trail work

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

Remote Location

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

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association