Trail and Environmental Steward

Expected Dates
June 28, 2021 to November 29, 2021
Site
Audubon New York
Position ID
PO-00732062
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.  


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:.       
To educate the public about interacting with the local environment within the park and repair previous damage to the trails and the environment in general.


Community Needs that the Program Serves:
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:
Assisting with stewardship activities at Constitution Marsh, such as trail maintenance. Assist with data collection of surface elevation studies, invasive species control, potential bird surveys and other activities on the marsh as needed. Finally, the intern may be asked to assist in canoe trips as needed.


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.

How the AmeriCorps Member’s Role Aligns with the Organization:
Member will be a direct steward of the environment as well as educating the public to become stewards as well.


Performance Goals for the AmeriCorps Member:
Goal 1: Learn the trail system and be able to communicate effectively with the public about Leave No Trace principles and wayfinding.

Goal 2: Develop a knowledge of the local environment including plant, animal and river ecology and be able to relate that knowledge to park visitors
Goal 3: Learn the use of various tools and implements and be able to apply them effectively in maintaining and building trails, as well as removing invasive species and planting native varieties.

Candidate Qualifications:
  • Valid driver’s license of at least 3 years with a clean driving record.
  • Ability to pass a federal background check.
  • Undergraduate, or equivalent experience focused in Environmental Education, Wildlife Biology, or related field.
  • Canoeing experience a plus.
  • Ability to work well as part of the team.
  • Attention to detail, excellent time-management and organizational skills
  • Be flexible and motivated
  • Must be comfortable working outdoors in variable weather conditions
  • Ability to interact with the public in a positive way. Enthusiasm for life.
  • A general understanding of the natural world and willingness to learn more
  • Trail building skill and use of tools helpful but not necessary


Benefits:

  • All Hudson Valley Corps members receive a taxable $200/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. 

 

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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