FORCES Program Specialist

Expected Dates
January 20, 2022 to November 17, 2022
Site
Central Office, NYS OPRHP
Position ID
PO-00732519
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
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This position is for local candidates only. Housing is NOT PROVIDED for this position. This position will be based out of the Central Region office located at 6105 E Seneca Turnpike in Jamesville, NY.

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:  Friends of Recreation, Conservation and Environmental Stewardship (FORCES) creates opportunities for a wide range of mutually beneficial partnerships that enhance State Parks while simultaneously providing collegiate students real world experiences and the opportunity to further their academic programs, gain valuable resume experience, and develop personal connections to New York State Parks.

Community Needs that the Program Serves:  Supports the interest of college students in environmental conservation, recreation and historic preservation activities and careers.

AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Assist with the development, recording and implementation of park projects: meet with park managers and staff to discuss potential park projects, collaborate with agency partners, research park-side protocol and feasibility for implementation of projects, and provide supervision, assistance and leadership for projects.
  • Develop and update FORCES promotional materials: promote and market the FORCES program and opportunities via multiple media.
  • Assist with the development of the infrastructure for the FORCES Program: participate and contribute to FORCES team meetings, evaluate current program protocols, evaluate student experiences, identify tasks necessary to meet program goals.
  • Coordinate I Love My Park Day events
  • Coordinate invasive species removal.
  • State fair support
  • 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:

  1. Goal 1: Assist with the development and implementation of stewardship and park improvement projects with FORCES institutional partners and student interns (Stewards) and assist with the recruitment of FORCES Stewards and their individual program plans.
  2. Goal 2: Engage youth, park patrons and community partners through FORCES

Candidate Qualifications:

  • 18 years or older
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Must have own personal vehicle
  • High School graduate, GED recipient or working towards
  • Applicants should possess excellent computing skills, verbal and written skills, and be able to think critically to assess the varying needs of our program
  • Applicants should have field experience in biological/environmental sciences, natural resource or recreation management, or a related field
  • Ability to lead volunteers
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office, Publisher, PowerPoint, and Excel.

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


Trainings to be included by NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation:

  • Sexual Harassment/Drug Abuse in the Workplace
  • NYS Certified Defensive Driver
  • Project Learning Tree and other Environmental Education Curriculum
  • Environmental Leadership Institute
  • New York State Outdoor Educator Association Conferences/Events
  • Hudson River Ecology
  • Professional Development


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

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