Natural Resource Steward Internship-Cranberry Lake

Expected Dates
May 22, 2022 to September 10, 2022
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Position ID
Come help 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 an intern within the Cranberry Lake Wild Forest. This intern will work for a duration of 16 weeks alongside personnel from the NYSDEC on projects that help preserve and protect this unique natural resource. This position includes a $160 weekly stipend and a $570 monthly housing allowance. The intern will be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award at the completion of their service.

The intern will gain valuable resource management skills and perform a variety of duties which involve the preservation, protection and enhancement of the natural resources and the safety and well-being of the public using these resources. This includes, but is not limited to:

-Educating the public on the proper use of public lands
-Providing information on trail conditions and Rules and Regulations
-Educating the public regarding current topics that could influence fragile ecosystems
-Notifying the Forest Ranger and Forester with respect to potential problems such as those involving hazardous trail conditions, public use, and emergencies that they encounter
-Performing minor maintenance (such as removing blowdown, installing trail markers and signs, cleaning drainage devices) and work with other staff as requested
-Monitoring human visitation patterns
-Performing campsite and trail assessment
-Recording GPS data
-Performing first aid and CPR in emergencies
-Providing support for existing volunteer networks.

This position requires the willingness and ability to travel by foot and work alone or in small groups in remote, sometimes rugged terrain and inclement weather conditions. The intern will mostly work Thursday-Sunday. The ability to use a map and compass, a GPS unit and strong backpacking skills are essential.

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
  • Cranberry Lake WF, 5 Ponds WIlderness
  • Attend DEC/SCA Backcountry Steward training orientation program.
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
some experience
competent without supervision
Community Engagement
some experience