Data Collection Specialist -GIS & Planning

Expected Dates
January 13, 2022 to November 10, 2022
New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Position ID
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.

Due to Covid-19, events and trainings are subject to change in response to an increase in the number of cases in the Hudson Valley region. Specific duties aligned with this position may also be subject to change. Such changes include, but are not limited to: trainings being eliminated or held remotely, elimination of large-scale gatherings, reduction of education programs, and a transition to teleworking.  

Conditions of Employment Required to demonstrate full vaccination status for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine; OR Receive from SCA a reasonable accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements based on a medical disability or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Additional information and instructions regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation will be provided at the time of selection.

SCA Hudson Valley AmeriCorps partners with State and non-profit agencies to address the conservation needs of the Hudson River Watershed region. Corps members are placed at individual host sites, where service activities range from providing environmental education to underserved youth, to restoring streambanks along the Hudson River, and beyond. Members join together regularly for trainings, service projects, or other events. 

This position is located at the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Headquarters in Albany, NY.

Purpose of the Program:  To collect GPS data relating to the trails, infrastructure, and utilities on NYS Park property and to conduct post project completion surveys on LWCF funded municipal park projects.  GPS data collection will provide important information on the location of utilities in NYS Parks and make decision making quicker and easier.  The survey work will fulfill NYS Parks obligation to the LWCF to conduct these surveys.  This information ensures that the money was spent properly and the work was done to improve a recreation resource.  Additional surveys include Park Patron visitor satisfaction surveys and other general knowledge surveys.

Community Needs that the Program Serves:  Patrons that visit NYS Parks or recreation facilities funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

Values and Standards of the Program: SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.  

AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:
Under supervision of GIS Bureau staff, conduct fieldwork relating to park utilities.  This position will involve coordinating fieldwork with the individual parks.  The SCA member will conduct the fieldwork under the supervision of a GIS Bureau staff person.  Travel will be required.  Specialized training in the software and hardware that the GIS Bureau uses is helpful but not necessary.  Experience with GPS and GIS concepts is necessary.  Familiarity with utility data collection is helpful but not necessary.

Under the supervision of Planning Bureau staff, qualified candidate will conduct in person interviews of park patrons and conduct inspections of municipal recreation projects that were funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Performance Goals for the AmeriCorps Member:
    Goal 1: Collect high quality trail, infrastructure, and utility GPS data
    Goal 2: Integrate collected data in to statewide GIS database
    Goal 3: Conduct post project completion inspections on LWCF Projects and conduct Park Patron visitor satisfaction surveys.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Valid driver’s license for 3 years prior to start date.
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • BS or BA in natural resources, planning, forestry, environmental science, geography or GIS

Skills/Knowledge/Training Necessary to be a successful AmeriCorps Member in this position:      

Able to work outdoors in a variety of conditions, good communication skills both written and orally, organized, able to document work well, able to work independently and in a team.
ESRI’s ArcGIS suite of software, including ArcMap is desirable.  Familiarity with Trimble GPS Units and associated software is helpful.
For the Planning portion of the position, familiarity with survey collection techniques is helpful and SPSS software package.

All Hudson Valley Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance
This position will receive a taxable $600/month housing allowance 
Upon successful completion of the term, members receive a taxable Full-time 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 Hudson Valley Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Hudson River Citizen Science curricula, Trail Skills, Project WILD curricula, and professional development. Optional trainings include Leave No Trace, American Canoe Association Quick Start Your Canoe, and other opportunities that arise.


  • All Hudson Valley Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Hudson River Citizen Science curricula, Trail Skills, Project WET 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
Geographic Info Systems (GIS, includes GPS)
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
competent with supervision
some experience
Data Analysis
some experience
Orienteering compass skills
some experience