Finger Lakes Parks Trail Steward

Expected Dates
January 22, 2020 to November 18, 2020
Site
Finger Lakes State Parks, NYS OPRHP
Position ID
PO-00728884
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: This program will have participating members rehabilitate and maintain the trail systems within the Finger Lakes Region of the NYS Parks while connecting volunteers from the local community with the agency’s trail improvement and natural resource protection efforts. Members will receive on the ground training and direct experience in trail building, projects planning, and conservation stewardship skills.

Community Needs that the Program Serves: Improved public access to the parks’ natural areas; environmental and natural resource restoration and protection; historic preservation; creation of community connections to state parks

AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Perform trail maintenance and construction tasks both under the supervision of agency staff and independently. Assist with other park infrastructure work 
  • Assist in planning of large scale trail improvement projects and seasonal maintenance tasks
  • Establish relationships with local volunteer groups. Planning volunteer projects and events
  • Serve as a public liaison for the Finger Lakes regional trail crew; educating park patrons on sustainable trail work and natural areas protection
  • Tool and equipment maintenance
  • Assist in developing a regional trail maintenance manual
  • 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: Actively assist the Finger Lakes trail crew in the completion of scheduled trail improvement projects and related infrastructure work
Goal 2: Plan and implement at least two volunteer trail improvement projects
Goal 3: Increase the public visibility of the FL regional trail crew

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Able to meet the physical demands of trail work
  • Must be over 18 years of age
  • Prior experience in trail building, carpentry, or construction preferred but not required
  • Experience/training with hand and power tools, chainsaw use and rigging preferred but not required
  • Preferred but not required trainings: SCA workskills, GOL, backcountry rigging (on-site training and skill development will be provided)

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. Trail Steward members receive Game of Logging Levels 1 and 2, Conservation Work Skills, and other opportunities that arise.

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

  • 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. Trail Steward members receive Game of Logging Levels 1 and 2, Conservation Work Skills, and other opportunities that arise.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Construction
some experience
Chain Saw Skills
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Public Speaking
competent with supervision
Trail Maintenance
competent with supervision