Trail Improvement Steward

Expected Dates
January 20, 2022 to November 17, 2022
Central Office, NYS OPRHP
Position ID
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 and New York State Parks seek enthusiastic conservationists to provide critical environmental education and stewardship for State Parks in the Allegany, Finger Lakes, Central, Niagara, and Thousand Islands regions of New York State. Members share housing in groups of 3-5 members per location. Service activities range from providing environmental education and interpretation, to trail restoration, wildlife management, and organizing volunteer events. (**See Covid caveat below for potential exceptions to 2022 events) All 21 Parks Corps members will join together regularly in Central NY for SCA trainings that include Wilderness First Aid Certification, CPR, Leave No Trace Trainer, and other professional development opportunities as they arise. Members serving in a stewardship role will also receive Game of Logging Chainsaw Certification, while members serving in an education role will receive Project Learning Tree and/or Certified Interpretive Guide. 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. NYS Parks Corps members serve under the direction of regional Parks staff to assist in accomplishing this mission.  

** Due to Covid-19, events and trainings are subject to change in response to an increase in the number of cases in the state of NY. 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.

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:  Bowman Lake State Park is a 966.94 acre remote retreat known as “a camper’s paradise.” Scenic park roads wind through evergreen and hardwood forests to shady campsites. There is a sandy lakefront with several picnic areas nearby. The lake is regularly stocked with trout, and birdwatchers can spot as many as 103 species of birds. In winter, snowmobilers and cross-country skiers enjoy outstanding scenery on 13 miles of designated trails.

Looking into the 2022 season, Bowman Lake State Park is seeking stewards with a passion for conservation, trail maintenance, and park operations. Those in this role will be tasked with:
  • Rehabilitating hiking trails
  • Rehabilitating campsites
  • Constructing foot bridges
  • Constructing a lean-to     

Community Needs that the Program Serves:  Provide safe outdoor recreation for local and out of town patrons visiting Bowman Lake State Park.

AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Clearing natural debris from hiking trails.
  • Constructing or improving existing trails.
  • Help with construction of lean-to for Finger Lakes Trail hikers.
  • Rehabilitate public disc-golf course.
  • 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: Personal and professional development.

Goal 2: Improve trails and campsites providing public with a more enjoyable outdoor experience.
Goal 3: Complete projects safely and in a timely manner.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Experience in carpentry
  • Experience in masonry
  • Experience in hiking trail construction/ rehab
  • Experience in chainsaw operation
  • Be an out-of-school youth 16 years of age at the commencement of service participating in a program described in §2522.110(b)(3) or (g);
  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent; or
  • Not have dropped out of elementary or secondary school to enroll as an AmeriCorps participant and must agree to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent prior to using the education award; or
  • Obtain a waiver from the Corporation of the requirements in paragraphs (a)(2)(i) and (a)(2)(ii) of this section based on an independent evaluation secured by the program demonstrating that the individual is not capable of obtaining a high school diploma or its equivalent; or
  • Be enrolled in an institution of higher education on an ability to benefit basis and be considered eligible for funds under section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1091);
  • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States;
  • Satisfy the National Service Criminal History Check eligibility criteria pursuant to 45 CFR 2540.202.


  • 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
  • SCA trainings as described above.
  • Along with the SCA trainings mentioned above, Members will be subject to participate in trainings provided by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

*Please ignore fit rating/eligibility notes related to this position. All applications received by the deadline will be reviewed.

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Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
competent with supervision
Chain Saw Skills
competent with supervision
Data Entry
some experience
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Trail Maintenance
competent with supervision