SCA New York State Parks Corps

SCA New York State Parks Corps

Program Dates:
January - November
Number of members: 22

Application Review
Begins: October

Created in 2017, SCA’s New York State Parks Corps program engages enthusiastic conservationists to provide critical environmental education and stewardship in the Allegany, Finger Lakes, and Thousand Islands regions of New York State.

SCA Certified: Conservation Field Specialist Certification





The New York State Parks Corps program is a ten-month residential program focusing on environmental education, trail maintenance and construction, and wildlife management. Members serve in teams of three to five, supervised day-to-day by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation staff in each region.

Projects include new trail construction, environmental education and interpretation, volunteer coordinator, nuisance wildlife control, and much more. Parks Corps members share a residential community where they live and work alongside one another for the duration of the season. They gather together for trainings and events in a central location regularly, and develop a sense of comradery and shared experience.

Members who successfully complete the program will receive high quality trainings and professional development support from SCA staff.   Additionally, members receive or have the option to receive the following trainings or certifications:

  • Wilderness First Aid
  • CPR Certification
  • Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG)
  • Project Learning Tree, Project Wet/Wild curriculum
  • Game of Logging Chainsaw Certification
  • Extensive Trail Construction and Maintenance Skills
  • ACA Level 1 Canoe Training
  • Leave No Trace Training
  • Leadership and Communication Training

Members of the SCA Parks Corps program use trail skills, restoration techniques, carpentry skills, and hard labor to complete an array of projects aimed at protecting and enhancing the lands and cultural resources of New York State Parks. Members also gain valuable professional connections with NYS OPRHP, extensive experience delivering environmental education and interpretation, and leadership experience.

Members are placed in one of the following parks regions and perform the following tasks:

Thousand Islands Region

The Thousand Islands Environmental Education team consists of five-member teams living and working together engaging in conservation service consistent with the mission and guiding principles of Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation. One team will be based at Westcott Beach State Park, and the other at Wellesley Island State Park.

All teams will travel throughout the entire Thousand Island region conducting environmental education programs for the nearly 1.7 million park visitors and school groups that visit these parks annually. Members will learn and apply the principles of sustainable trail design, skills to construct and maintain trails to enhance visitors outdoor experience and access to the parks of this amazing region.

Finger Lakes Region

The Finger Lakes Environmental Education Team is a four-member member team living and working together to create/deliver programs that will enhance the visitor experience at Watkins Glen, Taughannock Falls, Robert H. Treman and Buttermilk Falls State Park.

Members will also act as spotters and trail clean-up crew for the Finger Lakes Region Scalers, a team that helps ensure the safe and timely opening of the gorge trail in our seven gorge parks by clearing off potential hazards from cliff walls. All four members will share housing at Mark Twain State Park and will travel throughout the region to provide education and interpretation to park visitors.

Allegany Region

Three members will live together at Allegany State Park and will engage in individualized internship opportunites, each with a specific focus.

  • The Environmental Educator position will develop interpretive programs at Lake Erie State Park and Long Point on Chautauqua State Park. The SCA Environmental Educator will design, promote and present weekly programs between Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day at both parks.
  • The Nuisance Wildlife Control Steward will assist departmental staff with a variety of assignments that include, but are not limited to: public education, monitoring, wildlife hazing, wildlife trapping, construction and installation of animal control devices, etc.
  • The Volunteer Trails Program Steward will contribute to achieving the agency’s mission of providing safe and enjoyable recreational opportunities by developing a recreational trail volunteer program for Allegany State Park. The members will solicit volunteer assistance in performing manual work on recreational trails, organize and conduct trail maintenance techniques training to volunteers and organize and perform their own trail work.

Interested in SCA Parks Corps?

Contact: Marlena Vera-Schockner

Phone:845-255-4758 ([email protected])

Applicants must be age 21 or older, and must have a valid driver’s license and pass a background check.