Backcountry Steward - Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area

Expected Dates
May 20, 2018 to November 3, 2018
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Position ID
The Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area is a popular Wilderness Area in the Adirondack Park of northern New York State, managed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). This Backcountry Steward position requires the willingness and ability to travel by foot and work in remote, rugged terrain and inclement weather conditions. There will be interaction with visitors of all types and the opportunity to provide outreach and education. The incumbent will be required to spend up to five days each week traveling and camping alone in the backcountry.  The ability to use a map and compass (or GPS unit), strong backpacking skills, and self-motivation are essential.  The Steward will be trained at the beginning of their internship and will then be supervised by the DEC area manager.  This position will also require working with other Backcountry Stewards in the region to complete special trail construction and maintenance projects as a team.  Specific duties and responsibilities include the following:

- Provide information and education to users relating to recreation and protection of natural resources;
- Promote Leave-No-Trace practices; 
- Provide assistance and advice to users regarding trails and other recreational facilities;
- Inspect trails and other facilities to determine condition and maintenance requirements;
- Perform routine maintenance on trails and other facilities using hand tools (e.g. bow saw, loppers, etc.) including blowdown removal, removal of debris and garbage, hanging trail marker discs;
- Take inventory measurements, both quantitative and qualitative, of specific trail and camping area conditions, and patterns of use, to assist the Department in its resource management programs;
- Collect information on user group size, use of specific trails, and use of camping areas;
- Assist with other SCA and volunteer trail maintenance and construction projects;
- Assist in backcountry emergencies including search and rescue, injuries and evacuation;
- Maintain records including a handwritten daily journal, prepare and submit reports relating to daily activities, public use, maintenance needs, and special reports as needed;
- Participate in training as required; and
- Other duties as assigned connected to the conservation project.

Minimum Qualifications
- Must be 18 years of age or older;
- Must have Associates Degree or 60 college credit hours in recreation, environmental education, natural resources management, biology, environmental studies, forestry or a related field preferred or 6 months experience in environmental conservation work in an outdoor or recreation setting;
- Must have a valid driver’s license;
- Must be physically capable of performing field work common to the assigned work area over rough terrain and during inclement weather; and
- Must be certified in First Aid and CPR.  (Wilderness First Aid optional).

Conviction of a felony may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.
  • Orientation training, back country trail work, campsite and facility monitoring, Leave No Trace training, trail maintenance and construction.
  • Steward will be trained at the beginning of the position, and some additional training opportunities may available throughout. Two days off (likely Tuesdays and Wednesdays) will allow for enjoyment of the Adirondacks.
  • 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
competent without supervision
competent without supervision
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience