Natural Resource Steward – Salmon River (PO-00734917)

* 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 the scenic Salmon River while gaining valuable natural resource management skills by becoming a Natural Resource Steward!

This 24-week position seeks to place two interns within high-use and ecologically sensitive parts of the Salmon River and Salmon River Reservoir, who will work alongside officials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) on projects that help preserve and protect this unique natural resource.

This position requires accessing numerous campsites, day-use areas, and fishing access-points (sometimes only accessible by boat). Interns must be able to travel by foot and work alone or in small groups in remote, sometimes rugged terrain and inclement weather conditions.

Member Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Educating the public on the proper use of public lands, Leave No Trace, and providing information on Rules and Regulations
  • Creating daily usage reports for select access sites around the reservoir and for all recreational whitewater releases on the Salmon River and creating weekly reports
  • Educating the public regarding current environmental topics such as fishing techniques for Salmon River & Reservoir, the Salmon River Fish Hatchery, fire danger, etc.
  • Notifying the Forest Ranger and Forester with respect to potential problems such as those involving hazardous trail conditions and emergencies that they encounter
  • Performing minor trail maintenance (such as removing blowdown, installing, or replacing trail markers and signs, and cleaning drainage devices)
    **Most of this work will take place through the summer, May-August.
  • Answering questions from the public regarding hatchery operations, fishing techniques for the Salmon River, and recreational opportunities on nearby public lands
  • Working directly with hatchery staff on educational displays and guided tours of the hatchery
  • Assisting with the day-to-day operations of the hatchery.

           **Most of this work will take place through the fall, September-November.

  • Working with other staff as requested
  • Performing first aid and 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:

  • Interacting with public / education
  • Public speaking
  • Data collection & entry
  • Boating experience

3 Interpretive tours of the Salmon River Falls or guided tours of the Salmon River Fish Hatchery; Trail and site maintenance at the Falls & reservoir campsites; Survey public collecting data on  use of public access sites within Salmon River corridor

$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-00734917

Expected Dates: May 22, 2023 - November 5, 2023

2133 County Route 22
Altmar, NY 13302

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

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Work with DEC Foresters, Fisheries, and Public Protection. Fishing, Hiking

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
  • Intro to GIS/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.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Visitor Services and Site Operations

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

Remote locations, needs to be able to drive to site and town

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