Backcountry Steward Internship Positions 2020

Expected Dates
May 25, 2020 to September 13, 2020
Site
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Position ID
PO-00729761

SCA in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is seeking to recruit a cohort of Backcountry Stewards (SCA Interns) to serve on public lands in the Adirondack and Catskill Mountain Parks during the 2020 field season.  Positions will start in late May 2020 and last either 16 or 24 weeks, ending in early September or mid-October accordingly.  Interns will be placed in a variety of different locations throughout the Adirondacks, with four positions based in the Catskill Mountains.  Specific site locations will likely be determined and finalized in late February 2020. 
 
Individuals in these positions will perform a variety of duties which involve the preservation, protection and enhancement of the Park’s natural resources as well as the safety and well-being of the general public using these resources. Stewards will participate in a 5 day training and orientation led by SCA and DEC personnel before being deployed to a specific location and supervised by a DEC Area Manager.  
 
These positions require the willingness and ability to hike and work alone or in small groups in oftentimes remote, rugged terrain and inclement weather conditions. There may be extended periods of time camping (up to five days in a given week) in the backcountry. The ability to use a map and compass, a GPS unit and strong backpacking skills are essential.

Duties will vary by exact location but will include some combination of:
-Trail work in the backcountry and front country which will include cleaning and maintaining waterbars, cutting and clearing blowdown, establishing harden trail surfaces or campsites, building wooden bog bridges, installing stepping stones, moving privies, installing signs and grubbing trail tread;
-Assisting DEC staff and other partners in working on larger bridge projects and other trail related work;
-Inspecting trails, camping areas and other facilities to determine condition and maintenance requirements;
- Engaging the public in promoting Leave-No-Trace practices and providing assistance and advice to users regarding trails and other facilities;
- Under the direction of a Forest Ranger, assisting in back country emergencies, including search, rescue, injuries, and evacuations (as needed);
- Maintaining records and preparing and submitting reports relating to daily activities, public use, maintenance needs, etc.
 
Minimum Qualifications:
- Must be 18 years of age or older;
- Must have a valid driver’s license;
- Must be physically fit and capable of performing physical labor (trail work);
- Must have strong hiking, backpacking and wilderness camping skills;
- Must hold current Basic First Aid and CPR certifications; 
- Must have taken an outdoor education course or have outdoor education experience. 
 
 

    Main Area of Focus
    Backcountry/Trail work
    Education, Training & Skills Expected
    Forestry
    some coursework or experience
    Recreation Management
    some coursework or experience
    Resource Management
    some coursework or experience
    Backpacking
    competent without supervision
    Camping
    competent without supervision
    GIS
    some experience
    GPS
    some experience
    Hand Tools
    competent without supervision
    Trail Maintenance
    some experience