Karner Blue Butterfly Steward

Expected Dates
January 17, 2023 to November 14, 2023
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. 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.


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.
At least two years of college experience in a relevant field
Valid driver license  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


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

$1,000/month housing allowance upstate

$1,100/month housing allowance in NYC


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 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
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