Backcountry Steward - Central Adirondack Forest Preserve

Expected Dates
May 20, 2018 to September 3, 2018
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Position ID

This position is largely within the front country.  Working alongside another Back Country Steward the intern will take day trips into the Moose River Plains Wild Forest, hiking the trail system, patrolling campsites, and educating campers on Department regulations.  Public outreach and trail/campsite maintenance will be a large component of this position. Weekend and holiday work are required. Strong communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in a team are essential.

A 4 wheel drive vehicle will be provided to patrol the road system adjacent campsites. Day hikes and the occasional overnight trip to perform trail work duties are required. The intern will work closely with another Backcountry Steward and will report to the area Forest Ranger.

Housing will be provided at the remote Moose River Plains Headquarter Cabin 12 miles from the Village of Indian Lake. The two bedroom cabin will house two Backcountry Stewards. Amenities are limited and include: refrigerator, range/stove, beds, and limited electricity. Running water is not available, potable water will be provided regularly and there is an outhouse adjacent to the cabin. Use of hot showers is available daily at any of the nearby State Campgrounds. Wifi and cell service is available in the Village of Indian Lake, 12 miles from the cabin.
- 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;
- Perform routine maintenance on campsites and other facilities using hand tools (e.g. bow saw, rake, shovel, etc.) including blowdown removal and removal of debris and garbage;
-Mow and trim campsites and facilities

- Collect information on use of specific trails and camp sites;
- Assist with permitted events in the area (non- fundraising and no $$ handling);
- Participate in search and rescue activities as needed;
- 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;


  • This position will serve Wilderness and Wild Forest Areas in the central portion of the Adirondack Park
  • In-service training in dealing with the public, trail maintenance, measuring recreation impacts and interacting with the visiting public
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience