Karner Blue Butterfly Steward

Expected Dates
January 13, 2022 to November 10, 2022
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.

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. 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.  

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 and improve compliance with protective measures

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 patrons to improve dog park and improve compliance with area leash regulations.

Candidate Qualifications:
Ability to pass a background check.
Valid driver license of 3 years with a clean driving record
Must be able to work outside, often in hot, sunny conditions
Skills: Preferred = GIS, GPS, Field Surveys - vegetation and insects           
Knowledge: Preferred = Entomology, Natural Resource Management
Training: Preferred = Public speaking, education/outreach

  • All Hudson Valley Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance
  • Upon successful completion of the term, members receive a taxable Full-time 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 WILD curricula, and professional development. Optional trainings include Leave No Trace, American Canoe Association Quick Start Your Canoe, and other opportunities that arise.


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Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources 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