FORCES Program Steward

Expected Dates
January 22, 2020 to November 18, 2020
Site
Central Region, NYS OPRHP
Position ID
PO-00728890
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: 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 the Natural Resource Steward Biologist, FORCES Program Manager, and Environmental Educator with environmental management, ecological studies and environmental education & outreach conducted as an integral part of the FORCES program
  • 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
  • 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

Goals
Goal 1: Assist with the development and implementation of stewardship and park improvement projects with FORCES institutional partners and student interns (Stewards).
Goal 2: Assist with the recruitment of FORCES Stewards and their individual program plans.
Goal 3: Engage youth, park patrons and community partners through FORCES.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Possess excellent computing skills, verbal and written skills
  • Field experience in biological/environmental sciences, natural resource or recreation management, or a related field
  • Experience with environmental outreach, civic engagement, and coordination of volunteer programs
  • Applicants should be able to work independently and be self-motivated
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Over 21 preferred, but not required

Benefits:

  • All NYS Parks Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance and housing is 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.  The FORCES Program Steward 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.

  • All Parks Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Leave No Trace Trainer Course, American Canoe Association QuickStart Your Canoe and professional development.  The FORCES position receives Game of Logging and Conservation Work Skills.
  • 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.  The FORCES Program Steward receive Game of Logging Levels 1 and 2, Conservation Work Skills, and other opportunities that arise.
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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Bird Identification
some experience
GIS
some experience
GPS
some experience
Community Engagement
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
some experience