Conservation Steward

Expected Dates
January 22, 2020 to November 18, 2020
Site
Thousand Islands Regional Parks, NYS OPRHP
Position ID
PO-00728882
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 five regions of New York State: Allegany, Central, Finger Lakes, Niagara, 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: 
The Thousand Islands region is a favorite place of many visitors during warm months, and its State Parks have a need to construct/maintain sustainable trails, contain the spread of invasive species, and complete conservation projects. But due to the highly seasonal nature of the area, these parks struggle to fit projects into a work schedule filled with routine park operations. Members of this crew serve to fill that gap and ensure the lands in the Thousand Islands region can be sustainably enjoyed by visitors and residents.

AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:
This team of four will be engaged in conservation service consistent with the mission and guiding principles of OPRHP. Their focus areas will be invasive species management, trail construction and maintenance, habitat restoration, and some garden management. Working as a team and supported by OPRHP staff, members will accomplish a great deal of conservation work such as:
  • 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 many different types of species and the challenges they present and will work to remove them
  • In the spring, members will work with Garmin GPS units, mapping for current stewardship projects, as well as restore and improve the gardens around Minna Anthony Common Nature Center.
  • In the summer, the crew will spend week-long hitches (Monday-Friday) working and camping at various parks throughout the Thousand Islands region and will return to Westcott Beach for days off, with occasional weekend work necessary.
  • Reporting for all NYS Parks Corps members; accounting for roughly 15% of your term.

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 for at least three years
  • Able to drive a 12-passenger work van, training provided
  • Ability to pass a background check

Benefits:

  • All NYS Parks Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance and housing provided
  • 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, Leave No Trace Trainer Course, American Canoe Association QuickStart Your Canoe and professional development. Conservation Stewards receive Conservation Work Skills and Game of Logging Levels 1 and 2. 

*Please ignore fit rating/eligibiity notes related to this position. All applications received by the deadline will be reviewed.*

  • All Parks Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Trail Skills, Game of Logging, and professional development. Optional trainings include Leave No Trace, American Canoe Association Level 1, and others.
  • Training Opportunities: All Parks Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Leave No Trace Trainer Course, American Canoe Association QuickStart Your Canoe and professional development. Conservation Stewards receive Conservation Work Skills and Game of Logging Levels 1 and 2. 
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Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Forestry
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Camping
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Leadership Experience
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience