Stewardship Technician

Expected Dates
February 7, 2022 to December 2, 2022
Site
Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Center & Sanctuary
Position ID
PO-00732726
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. Specific duties aligned with this position may also be subject to change. Such changes include, but are not limited to: trainings being eliminated or held remotely, elimination of large-scale gatherings, reduction of education programs, and a transition to teleworking.  

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:

The seasonal stewardship technician will help shape a healthy environment and vibrant future for birds – and all of us who share the planet with them. The stewardship technician will work to improve the habitat and visitor experience at the 4 Audubon Sanctuaries in the Hudson Valley.    

Community Needs that the Program Serves:
This program serves to maintain and enhance the Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Sanctuary and its use as a demonstration area for wildlife friendly forest management.

Values and Standards of the Program: SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land

AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:
AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities: The Seasonal Stewardship Technician will work with the Land Steward to implement management across the Rheinstrom Hill Sanctuary and the 3 other Audubon sanctuaries in the Hudson Valley, which may include removal of invasive plants, tending to native wildflower gardens, conducting bird and vegetation surveys, and conducting trial and grounds maintenance. They will maintain regular communication with other staff, volunteers, and visitors.

Essential Duties:
· Participating in site-based research projects
· Conducting habitat management across 4 sanctuaries
· Assist with trail and grounds maintenance, including the upkeep of native plantings.
· Work with the Land Steward to determine priorities for management, then implement
- Communicate with partners, volunteers, and visitors

· Recruit, organize and implement volunteer programs as needed
· Conduct bird and vegetation surveys
· Educate the public on the work we are conducting at the sites
· Additional duties may be assigned

All SCA Hudson Valley Corps members are required to attend SCA events and completed SCA/AmeriCorps paperwork and reporting. This will account for roughly 15% of your time.

Performance Goals for the AmeriCorps Member:

Goal 1: 30% of the AmeriCorps Member’s time will be spent assisting with forest management activities at Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Sanctuary. This will include conducting vegetation, bird, and deer herd surveys.


Goal 2: 40% of AmeriCorps member’s time will be to assist with the upkeep of the nearly 15 miles of trails at the 4 sanctuaries to allow visitors to safely enjoy them.

Goal 3: 30% of the members time will be to assist with 4 stakeholder programs about the forest management work at Rheinstrom Hill and additional outreach and program implementation as needed. The AmeriCorps member will also help recruit and work with volunteers on Community Science projects.


Candidate Qualifications:
  • Valid driver’s license of at least 3 years with a clean driving record.
  • Ability to pass a federal background check.
  • Self-motivated individual who can work well independently in the field
  • Ability to work outside in various weather situations
  • Ability to work weekends and holidays
  • Experience with interacting with visitors
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and hike several miles (steep slopes)
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, including the ability to work with a variety of audiences: volunteers, staff, the public and others
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science or similar field or equivalent experience required
  • Knowledge of birds, plants and their habitat needs and identification


Benefits:

  • All Hudson Valley Corps members receive a taxable $250/week living allowance
  • This position provides housing 
  • Upon successful completion of the term, members receive a taxable Full-time 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 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. 

 

  • No
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Education
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Field Research
some experience
GIS
some experience
Leadership Experience
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Writing/Publishing
some experience
Working with Children
some experience