Karner Blue Butterfly Steward

Expected Dates
January 15, 2019 to November 12, 2019
Saratoga Spa State Park, 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.  

SCA Hudson Valley AmeriCorps partners with State and non-profit agencies to address the conservation needs of the Hudson River Watershed region. Corps members are placed at individual host sites, where service activities range from providing environmental education to underserved youth, to restoring streambanks along the Hudson River, and beyond. Members join together regularly for trainings, service projects, or other events. 
Purpose of the Program: Aid in management and outreach at a habitat for the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly
Community Needs that the Program Serves:
The extremely tenuous nature of the Karner blue population along with the unique local conditions combine to create a site that warrants very close attention. The partnership with AmeriCorps members helps provide the on-site presence needed to allow for a greater level of management for a species in desperate need. Through habitat restoration and education programming, AmeriCorps members will be directly addressing both the Education and Environmental Stewardship Focus Areas of the Serve America Act.
AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities: Monitor butterfly population, monitor/manage habitat quality, provide outreach to area visitors, communicate with Dog Park Friends Group
How the AmeriCorps Member’s Role Aligns with the Organization: This position furthers NYS Parks’ mission 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.
Performance Goals for the AmeriCorps Member:
            Goal 1: Complete and document monitoring for spring and summer broods
            Goal 2: Complete spring and summer habitat monitoring in all management areas
            Goal 3: Work with Park and Friends Group to improve dog park and improve compliance
                         with area leash regulations.
Ability to pass a federal background check
Access to a personal vehicle
Must be at least 18 years of age
Valid Driver’s License
List any specific qualifications for AmeriCorps member (i.e. must be of a certain age):
Must be able to work outside, often in hot, sunny conditions
Skills: Preferred = GIS, GPS, Field Surveys           
Knowledge: Preferred = Entomology, Natural Resource Management
Training: Preferred = Public speaking, education/outreach
  • All Hudson Valley Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance and EITHER housing provided OR a taxable $600/month housing allowance for positions north of NYC metro area OR $800/month housing allowance for positions in NYC metro area.
  • 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 Hudson Valley Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Hudson River Citizen Science curricula, Trail Skills, Project WET, Project WILD and Project Learning Tree curricula, and professional development. Optional trainings include Leave No Trace, American Canoe Association Level 1, and other opportunities that arise. 

OPRHP-provided training includes Karner blue butterfly ecology, Pitch Pine-Scrub Oak Savannah habitat ecology, population monitoring and habitat management best practices.


  • No
Main Area of Focus
Wildlife Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree minor or extensive experience
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
degree minor or extensive experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Field Research
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
some experience