Trail Steward

Expected Dates
April 29, 2021 to September 30, 2021
Site
Bowman Lake State Park
Position ID
PO-00731783
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. All 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
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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: rehabilitate hiking trails/ campsites / construct footbridges and lean to

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

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: clearing natural debris from hiking trails, construct or improve existing trails. Help with construction of lean to for Finger Lakes Trail Hikers.

How the AmeriCorps Member’s Role Aligns with the Organization: serving the public by providing outdoor recreation opportunities

Performance Goals for the AmeriCorps Member:
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 timely

Candidate Qualifications:
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Trail work, basic carpentry, masonry
  • Game of Logging or equivalent sawyer training a plus

Benefits:

  • 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

Training Opportunities: All Parks Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Leave No Trace Trainer Course, American Canoe Association QuickStart Your Canoe and professional development. Trail Steward members receive Game of Logging Levels 1 and 2, Conservation Work Skills, and other opportunities that arise.

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

  • Training Opportunities: All Parks Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Leave No Trace Trainer Course, American Canoe Association QuickStart Your Canoe and professional development. Trail Steward members receive Game of Logging Levels 1 and 2, Conservation Work Skills, and other opportunities that arise.
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Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Chain Saw Skills
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience