Finger Lakes Regional Trail Steward

Expected Dates
January 20, 2022 to November 17, 2022
Finger Lakes State Parks, NYS OPRHP
Position ID
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 and New York State Parks seek enthusiastic conservationists to provide critical environmental education and stewardship for State Parks in the Allegany, Finger Lakes, Central, Niagara, and Thousand Islands regions of New York State. Members share housing in groups of 3-5 members per location. Service activities range from providing environmental education and interpretation, to trail restoration, wildlife management, and organizing volunteer events. (**See Covid caveat below for potential exceptions to 2022 events) All 21 Parks Corps members will join together regularly in Central NY for SCA trainings that include Wilderness First Aid Certification, CPR, Leave No Trace Trainer, and other professional development opportunities as they arise. Members serving in a stewardship role will also receive Game of Logging Chainsaw Certification, while members serving in an education role will receive Project Learning Tree and/or Certified Interpretive Guide. 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. NYS Parks Corps members serve under the direction of regional Parks staff to assist in accomplishing this mission.  

** Due to Covid-19, events and trainings are subject to change in response to an increase in the number of cases in the state of NY. 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.

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:  Participating members will rehabilitate and maintain the trail systems within the Finger Lakes Region of the NYS Parks while connecting volunteers within 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 region’s natural areas; environmental and natural resource restoration and protection; historic preservation; creation of community connections to state park lands.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

How the AmeriCorps Member’s Role Aligns with the Organization: Participating members will play a valuable role in the protection and improvement of state park facilities, natural resources, and infrastructure while improving the overall safety and experience for park patrons.

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: Independently plan and implement at least two volunteer trail improvement projects
Goal 3: Increase the public visibility of the FL regional trail crew

Candidate Qualifications:

  • 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.
  • Able to meet the physical demands of trail work.
  • Be an out-of-school youth 16 years of age at the commencement of service participating in a program described in §2522.110(b)(3) or (g);
  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent; or
  • Not have dropped out of elementary or secondary school to enroll as an AmeriCorps participant and must agree to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent prior to using the education award; or
  • Obtain a waiver from the Corporation of the requirements in paragraphs (a)(2)(i) and (a)(2)(ii) of this section based on an independent evaluation secured by the program demonstrating that the individual is not capable of obtaining a high school diploma or its equivalent; or
  • Be enrolled in an institution of higher education on an ability to benefit basis and be considered eligible for funds under section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1091);
  • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States;
  • Satisfy the National Service Criminal History Check eligibility criteria pursuant to 45 CFR 2540.202.


  • 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

Trainings to be included by NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation:
Backcountry rigging preferred but not required (on site training and skill development with be provided)
AmeriCorps and SCA Orientation
Sexual Harassment/Drug Abuse in the Workplace
NYS Certified Defensive Driver
New York State Outdoor Educator Association Conferences/Events
Professional Development as offered by the Finger Lakes Region.

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

  • No
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
competent with supervision
Chain Saw Skills
some experience
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Trail Maintenance
competent with supervision