Piping Plover Steward

Expected Dates
January 22, 2020 to November 18, 2020
Site
Central Office, NYS OPRHP
Position ID
PO-00728891
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.​

SCA NYS Parks Corps Overview
: The SCA New York State Parks Corps covers five regions of New York State: Allegany, Central, Finger Lakes, Niagara, and Thousand Islands. Corps members are placed at one of these host sites and serve at the state parks in their region. Service activities range from providing environmental education and interpretation, to trail restoration and volunteer initiatives. Members join together regularly for trainings, service projects, or other community events.  The mission of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is 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.

Purpose of the Program: To assist NYS Park staff with the Great Lakes Piping Plover Project by creating and conducting educational events and providing outreach to the public, monitoring for Piping Plovers and other shorebirds, and enhancing piping plover habitat. To assist in preservation of the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune and Wetland system at Sandy Island Beach State Parks by planting dune grass, identifying and removing invasive species, and erecting sand collecting fencing. In addition, member will assist NYS Park staff with Selkirk Shores and Sandy island Beach State Parks operational needs and events.

Community Needs that the Program Serves: Public education about the endangered shorebirds, dune ecosystem, habitat protection, and human impact on the environment. Connect people to NYS Parks in a nature-oriented way.

AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Create and conduct formal and informal education about the Great Lakes Piping Plover and its unique habitat (including games, crafts, presentations, informal conversations, etc.)
  • Monitor and record data for Piping Plovers and other shorebirds
  • Create and maintain positive relationships with the public 
  • Preserve and increase suitable habitat by transplanting dune grass, installing protective fencing, erecting snow fencing to capture sand, conducting shoreline beach clean ups, and mapping and removing invasive species
  • Assist NYS Park staff with Selkirk Shores and Sandy Island Beach State Parks operational needs and events. These duties and tasks will support and enhance visitor experience in the parks, strengthen the academic programs of students, and allow students to develop life-long connections to NYS Parks.
  • All SCA Parks Corps members are required to attend monthly SCA events and complete SCA/Americorps paperwork and reporting. This will account for roughly 15% of your time

Performance Goals:
Goal 1: To assist NYS Park staff with the Great Lakes Piping Plover Project by educating the public about the rare species and ecosystem, highly focusing on the endangered Great Lakes Piping Plover at Sandy Island Beach State Parks. 
Goal 2: To ensure and participate in the preservation of the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune and Wetland system.
Goal 3: To assist NYS Park staff at Selkirk Shores and Sandy Island Beach State Parks with park needs and events.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Must be self-motivated, able to initiate projects and tasks
  • Good time management and organizational skills
  • Effectively work with students and public
  • Experience with plant/insect/bird identification is helpful, but not necessary
  • Experience driving boats helpful, but not necessary. NYS Boaters Safety Course. 
  • General knowledge of basic ecological principles, and NY state flora and fauna.
  • Candidates should have an understanding of the ecology of threatened and endangered species
  • Experience with hand tools and spending time outdoors is helpful, but not necessary
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to pass a background check

Benefits:

  • All NYS Parks Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance and housing provided
  • Upon successful completion of the term, members receive a taxable 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 Parks Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Leave No Trace Trainer Course, American Canoe Association QuickStart Your Canoe and professional development.  Environmental Educator members receive Project WET, Project Wild, and Project Learning Tree curricula, Certified Interpretive Guide, roving, and other opportunities that arise.
 
*Please ignore fit rating/eligibiity notes related to this position. All applications received by the deadline will be reviewed.

  • All Parks Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Trail Skills, Project WET, Project WILD and Project Learning Tree curricula, and professional development. Optional trainings include Leave No Trace, American Canoe Association Level 1, CIG
  • Training Opportunities: All Parks Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Leave No Trace Trainer Course, American Canoe Association QuickStart Your Canoe and professional development.  Environmental Educator members receive Project WET, Project Wild, and Project Learning Tree curricula, Certified Interpretive Guide, roving, and other opportunities that arise.
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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Bird Identification
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience