Backcountry Steward Internship-Lake Ontario Dunes

Expected Dates
May 21, 2018 to September 9, 2018
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Position ID
In this internship you will be involved in the preservation, protection and enhancement of the natural resources on public lands along the eastern shores of Lake Ontario. Dune Stewards will be responsible for public outreach (education), patrol, and site maintenance on beaches within the 17 mile Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes and Wetlands System. Dune Stewards will be responsible for monitoring Piping Plover nests if the birds choice to nest in the area. Monitor public use and prevent potential impacts to natural resources. Duties will include: patrolling miles of natural beach, providing information on the fragile dune system and Rules and Regulations; educating the public regarding current topics that could influence fragile ecosystems; notifying DEC law enforcement (Forest Ranger and Conservation officiers) with respect to potential problems such as those involving public use, and emergencies that he/she encounters; performing minor maintenance (such as snowfence repairs,installing or replacing signs, beach cleanup and work with other staff as requested; monitoring human visitation patterns, ecosystem condition; performing first aid and CPR in emergencies; providing support for existing volunteer networks.  Assist local wildlife biologist as needed. Must be able to work independently.
  • eastern shoreline of Lake Ontario
  • bird banding
    boating safety
    invasive species identification
  • canoeing, birding, working with local wildlife biologist, invasive species identification and management
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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Leadership Experience
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
some experience