Natural Resource Steward – Lake George Wild Forest

Expected Dates
May 22, 2021 to October 8, 2021
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Position ID
The Lake George Wild Forest (LGWF) is located in the southeastern Adirondack Park and is part of the Adirondack Forest Preserve, managed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. It is one of the more popular areas of the Adirondack Park because of the numerous and varied recreational opportunities, and proximity to population centers and Lake George. This Natural Resource Steward position will spend five days each week traveling and camping alone in the unit with the primary goal of interacting with the public to provide outreach and education. Certain areas of the LGWF have large volumes of visitors during peak summer weekends and the Steward will mainly be stationed in these areas to provide information to users on the recreational opportunities of the area, rules and regulations of the Forest Preserve, and educate users about Leave No Trace principles. In addition to strong interpersonal skills, this position requires the willingness and ability to travel by foot and work in remote, rugged terrain, and inclement weather conditions. The ability to use a map and compass (or GPS unit), strong backcountry skills, and self-motivation are essential. Training will be provided at the beginning of the internship, and then supervised by the DEC area manager. This position will also require working with other Natural Resource Stewards in the region to complete special trail construction and maintenance projects as a team. This position has two days off mid-week (likely Tuesdays and Wednesdays).
Specific duties and responsibilities include the following:
  • Provide information and education to the public relating to recreation and protection of natural resources
  • Provide assistance and advice to users regarding trails and other recreational facilities
  • Promote Leave No Trace practices
  • Inspect trails and other facilities to determine condition and maintenance requirements
  • Perform routine maintenance on trails and other facilities using hand tools (e.g. bow saw, loppers) including blowdown removal, removal of debris and garbage, hanging trail marker disks
  • Take inventory measurements, both quantitative and qualitative, of specific trail and camping area conditions and patterns of use, to assist the Department in its resource management programs
  • Assist with other SCA and volunteer trail maintenance and construction projects
  • Assist in backcountry emergencies including search and rescue, injuries, and evacuation
  • Maintain records and prepare and submit reports relating to daily activities, public use, maintenance needs, and special reports as needed
  • Participate in training as required
  • Other duties as assigned connected to the conservation project

* This position is not eligible for travel reimbursement to/from site.*

  • This position is in the southeastern region of the Adirondack Park. Roughly an hour north of Albany, NY.
  • Steward will participate in an orientation training at the beginning of the position as well as trainings that include back country trail work, campsite and facility monitoring, Leave No Trace Training, and trail maintenance and construction.
  • Numerous recreational opportunities are in the immediate vicinity. Two days off (likely Tuesday and Wednesday) will allow for the enjoyment of the Adirondack Park.
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
competent without supervision
competent without supervision
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience