Natural Resource Steward – Lake George Wild Forest

Expected Dates
May 22, 2022 to September 10, 2022
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Position ID
Come protect the scenic Adirondack Park while gaining valuable conservation skills by becoming a Natural Resource Steward!

The Student Conservation Association, in collaboration with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, seeks to place a cohort of 6 interns within high-use and ecologically sensitive parts of the Lake George Wild Forest. In this 16-week position, interns will work alongside personnel from the NYSDEC on projects that help preserve and protect this unique natural resource.
Interns will receive a weekly living stipend and will be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award at the completion of their service.
The interns will spend five days each week stationed at two high use areas in Lake George Wild Forest. Stewards will be collecting visitor use numbers to help inform future management of these areas. Stewards will also 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 work outside every day in inclement weather conditions. You will interact with a large number of recreational users every day, so a positive attitude and interest in interacting with the public is a must.  Training will be provided at the beginning of the internship, and then supervised by the DEC area manager. This position may also require working with other Natural Resource Stewards in the region to complete special trail construction and maintenance projects as a team, as opportunities arise. This position has two days off mid-week (either Monday & Tuesday, or Wednesday & Thursday).
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
- Count visitors
- Maintain trail and vehicle counters
-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
- Potential to 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.*
The SCA is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

Conditions of Employment

Candidates will be 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;
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.
  • 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
Natural Resources Mgmt
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