Trail Steward and Park Maintainer

Expected Dates
January 17, 2023 to November 14, 2023
Hudson Highlands State Park
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. Such changes include, but are not limited to: trainings being held remotely, elimination of large-scale gatherings, and a reduction of education programs.

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.

Organization/Agency Mission and/or Goals:  

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.            
Purpose of the Program:

To provide the SCA Member with experience in park operations and to gain skills and knowledge in operating equipment and tools associated with trail building and maintenance. 

Community Needs that the Program Serves:

The park is inundated with thousands of patrons each weekend which causes a variety of challenges such as: lost and injured hikers, traffic congestion, trail erosion, litter, and misuse of park facilities. The SCA members will provide visitors with information about the trails, give suggested routes, manage foot and vehicular traffic, find and aid lost and injured hikers, perform trail repair and maintenance, clean up parking areas and inform patrons of park regulations.
AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:

Park Maintenance and Landscaping (~25%)

Trail Stewarding and Visitor Management (weekends) (~40%)

Trail Building and Upkeep (~20%)

Conservation Stewardship Projects and Education (~15%)

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

Performance Goals for the AmeriCorps Member:

Goal 1: To acquire a thorough understanding of what it means to work within the New York State Parks; learning to balance the demands of recreation with environmental conservation.

Goal 2: To develop a working knowledge of the trails within the park and Leave No Trace Principles and to be able to act independently as a Trail Steward.

Goal 3: To help park employees implement more conservation projects in the park such as restoring native pollinator gardens, performing environmental research, and occasional environmental education workshops.

Candidate Qualifications:
Ability to pass a background check.
At least two years of college experience in a relevant field
Valid driver license with a clean driving record
Must be able to drive
Must be willing to learn    

Skills: Works well within a team, flexibility, public speaking, experience using landscaping equipment (not required)

Knowledge: Basic environmental knowledge, hiking/outdoor experience

Training: Leave No Trace (suggested, but not required), First Aid (suggested, but not required)



Amount of the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award being offered for successful completion of the member’s term of service: $6,495

Amount of living allowance member will receive:

$300/week living allowance

$1,000/month housing allowance upstate (if housing is not provided)

$1,100/month housing allowance in NYC (if housing is not provided)


Healthcare coverage (if applicable): 

Eligible for free health insurance


Childcare coverage (if applicable): 

Eligible for childcare assistance through AmeriCorps

Student loan forbearance and interest payments, (if the member qualifies): Eligible for Federal Student Loan forbearance and interest payment deferment through AmeriCorps for qualifying student loans.


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
Chain Saw Skills
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Leadership Experience
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience