Conservation Steward

Expected Dates
January 17, 2018 to November 13, 2018
Site
Thousand Islands Regional Parks, NYS OPRHP
Position ID
PO-00724335
This position requires that you become enrolled in AmeriCorps.  If you are selected for this program please be sure to accept AmeriCorps during the SCA offer process.  No travel allowance will be offered for this position even if it is stated on your confirmation of acceptance.​

SCA NYS Parks Corps Overview
: The SCA New York State Parks Corps covers four regions of New York State: Allegany, Central, Finger Lakes, and Thousand Islands. Corps members are placed at one of these host sites and serve at the state parks in their region. Service activities range from providing environmental education and interpretation, to trail restoration and volunteer initiatives. Members join together regularly for trainings, service projects, or other community events.  The mission of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is to provide safe and enjoyable recreational and interpretive opportunities for all New York State residents and visitors and to be responsible stewards of our valuable natural, historic and cultural resources.

Purpose of the Program: To provide much needed conservation work in a region within the state park system that has not seen much conservation in recent years.

Community Needs that the Program Serves: Many parks in the region need to construct sustainable trails, to contain the spread of invasive species, and to complete conservation projects but struggle to fit the projects into a work schedule filled with routine park operations. This crew will serve to fill that gap and ensure the lands in the Thousand Islands region can be enjoyed by visitors and residents while being conserved.

AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:
•    Learn and apply the principles of sustainable trail design, skills to construct and maintain trails, and the importance of trail development as a resource management tool in natural areas
•    Learn about the harmful effects of invasive species, the various types of species and the challenges they present and will work to remove them
•    Participate in conservation work including the restoration of ten miles of existing trails, and creation of new trails
•    Restore five acres of habitat, through planning and planting of pollinator gardens, removal of invasive plant species such as swallow wort, buckthorn and milfoil, and restoration of viewshed at Wellesley Island State Park
•    Members will live together at Westcott Beach State Park for the duration of the job. During the summer they will spend week long hitches working and camping at various parks throughout the Thousand Islands region and will return to Westcott Beach for days off
•    All ten SCA New York State Parks Corps members serving in the Thousand Islands will come together at least twice a year for larger projects and trainings
•    All SCA Parks Corps members are required to attend monthly SCA events and complete SCA/Americorps paperwork and reporting. This will account for roughly 15% of your time.

Performance Goals:
Goal 1: Restore ten miles of existing trails
Goal 2: Construct five miles of new trails
Goal 3: Restore five acres of habitat

Candidate Qualifications:
•    Able to work well in a group setting
•    Able to meet the physical demands of trail work
•    Prior experience in trail building, carpentry, or construction preferred but not required
•    Valid Driver’s License Ability to pass a background check
•    Ability to pass a background check

Benefits:
•    All NYS Parks Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance and EITHER housing provided OR a taxable $550/month housing allowance
•    Upon successful completion of the term, members receive a taxable Segal Education Award through AmeriCorps
•    Student loan forbearance and interest repayments for federal student loan through AmeriCorps
•    Eligible for free health insurance
•    Eligible for childcare assistance through AmeriCorps

Training Opportunities: All Parks Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Trail Skills, Project WET, Project WILD and Project Learning Tree curricula, and professional development. Optional trainings include Leave No Trace, American Canoe Association Level 1, and other opportunities that arise. 
  • All Parks Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Trail Skills, Project WET, Project WILD and Project Learning Tree curricula, and professional development. Optional trainings include Leave No Trace, American Canoe Association Level 1, and other
  • Training Opportunities: All Parks Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Trail Skills, Project WET, Project WILD and Project Learning Tree curricula, and professional development. Optional trainings include Leave No Trace, American Canoe Association Level 1, and other opportunities that arise. 
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Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Camping
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience