FORCES Program Steward

Expected Dates
January 17, 2023 to November 14, 2023
Central Office, NYS OPRHP
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. Such changes include but are not limited to: trainings being held remotely, elimination of large-scale gatherings, and a reduction of education programs.
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.

New York’s Central Region is seeking an enthusiastic FORCES Program Steward for the 2023 season. Apply to be a SCA New York State Parks Corps member today!

About the NYS Parks Corps: Service activities range from providing environmental education and interpretation, to trail restoration, wildlife management, and organizing volunteer events. All 21 Parks Corps members will gather regularly in Central NY for SCA trainings and other professional development opportunities as they arise. (**See Covid caveat above for potential exceptions to 2023 events) Members share housing in groups of 1-4 members per location. NYS Parks Corps members serve under the direction of regional Parks staff to assist in accomplishing the mission of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; 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.

This position is located in New York’s Central Region, with a focus on the FORCES program. This position is for local candidates only; no housing will be provided.

Purpose of the Position: 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 Position Serves: Supports the interest of college students in environmental conservation, recreation and historic preservation activities and careers.

Values and Standards of the Program/Position: 
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.  

The Mission of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is to provide safe and enjoyable recreation and interpretive opportunities for all New York State residents and visitors and to be responsible stewards of our valuable natural, historic and cultural resources.

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.
  • NY State fair support.

How the AmeriCorps Member’s Role Aligns with the Organization:
This AmeriCorps role directly supports our Agency’s mission by offering the safe and enjoyable recreational and interpretive opportunities, as well as taking an active stewardship role towards our natural, historic, and cultural resources.

Performance Goals for the AmeriCorps Member:
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.
Goal 2: Engage youth, park patrons and community partners through FORCES.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Ability to pass a background check.
  • Valid driver license.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien.
  • Two years of college or other post-secondary school experience in a relevant field.

Skills, Knowledge, and Training:
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. Plant ID, natural history skills, and knowledge of invasives species are required, and GIS is preferred. Basic CPR and First Aid skills are preferred.

Amount of the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award being offered for successful completion of the member’s term of service: $6,495

Amount of living allowance member will receive: $300/week living allowance

Healthcare coverage (if applicable): Eligible for free health insurance
Childcare coverage (if applicable): Eligible for childcare assistance through AmeriCorps

Student loan forbearance and interest payments, (if the member qualifies): Eligible for Federal Student Loan forbearance and interest payment deferment through AmeriCorps for qualifying student loans.

Training Opportunities: All SCA NYS Parks Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Leave No Trace, Mental Health First Aid, and professional development. Environmental Education Stewards receive Certified Interpretive Guide training while Conservation Stewards receive Game of Logging 1 & 2. Optional trainings include NYSOEA, the American Canoe Association Quick Start Your Canoe Training, and other opportunities that arise through the SCA and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.


  • No
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
some experience
Leadership Experience
some experience
Community Engagement
some experience
Public Speaking
competent with supervision
Volunteer Coordination
competent with supervision