Backcountry Steward Internship-Old Forge

Expected Dates
May 20, 2018 to September 8, 2018
Site
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Position ID
PO-00725156
The required training session for this position runs from Sunday May 20th (the actual start date) to the 25th at the Pack Forest in Warrensburg, NY. The end date is flexible to accommodate those returning to college or those moving on to another position. 

In this internship you will access the backcountry by foot and camp overnight in the areas assigned to monitor public use and prevent potential impacts to natural resources. Duties will include: educating the public on the proper use of public lands, and providing information on trail conditions and Rules and Regulations; educating the public regarding current topics that could influence fragile ecosystems; notifying the Forest Ranger and Forester with respect to potential problems such as those involving hazardous trail conditions, public use, and emergencies that he/she encounters; performing minor maintenance (such as removing blowdown, installing or replacing trail markers and signs, cleaning drainage devices, fencing;) 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.  Position ending date is flexible for students returning to college or moving on to other career opportunities. However, start date is not flexible to due the first week of required training. 
  • Old Forge, NY area, which is in the Central-Western Adirondack Mountains. Area is filled with hiking trails and campsites on State lands.
  • 4 day orientation with 1-2 days of on-the-job training/orientation on site in the Old Forge Area
  • First Aid/CPR certification required
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Communications
some coursework or experience
Education
some coursework or experience
Forestry
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Backpacking
competent without supervision
Customer Service
competent without supervision
Trail Maintenance
some experience
Orienteering compass skills
competent without supervision