Trail Steward and Educator

Expected Dates
February 2, 2021 to November 30, 2021
New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Position ID
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.
Organization/Agency Mission and/or Goals:  
The mission of the NYS OPRHP 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.           
AmeriCorps Member Host Site Location: Fahnestock/Hudson Highlands State Parks
Purpose of the Program: Educate members of the public about wayfinding and leave no trace principles, reconstruct eroded and damaged trails and restore them to sustainable conditions, remove invasives from and restore trails and public areas, assist in organizing and staffing campground nature center.
Community Needs that the Program Serves: Public environmental education, conservation of park lands, community organizing of volunteers. 
AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities: Will act as a trail steward in the Hudson Highlands to direct and educate the public, will work under an experienced trail builder in both parks to restore trails damaged by erosion and overuse, will have a hands on role in removing graffiti from trail surfaces, removing invasives from the park, and organizing volunteer cleanups, will work with other staff members to re-organize and staff the CCC era nature center to provide environmental education to campers.

How the Member’s Role Aligns with the Organization: NY State Parks has three main goals: recreation, conservation and historic preservation. As per the job description above, the member will be intricately involved with all three of these activities

Performance Goals for the AmeriCorps Member:
Goal 1: Develop a working knowledge of the trails within the park and Leave No Trace principles to be able to act independently as a trail steward.
 Goal 2: Learn the methods of invasive removal and implement them effectively to keep the trails clean.
Goal 3: Learn the various techniques of trail building and put them to use in the reconstruction of park trails.

Candidate Qualifications:
Ability to pass a background check.
Valid driver license of 3 years with a clean driving record
Must be able to drive
Must be willing to learn           
Knowledge: General knowledge of the natural environment and enthusiasm to share

All Hudson Valley Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance
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.

  • Opportunities for other training will be made available and some required as they arise from Parks during the internship.
  • SCA offers Hudson Valley Corps members Trail Skills and Interpretation and Environmental Education trainings. Optional trainings include Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics, American Canoe Association Level 1 Canoe, Environmental Leadership Institute, and other opportunities which may arise.
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Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience