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Internship-Natural Resource Steward-Lows Lake

Company: Student Conservation Association Inc
Location: Potsdam
Posted on: May 15, 2024

Job Description:

Program Dates: June 17th - Oct 7thAbout us:The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the largest provider of hands-on environmental conservation programs for youth and adults. Program participants protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks, and community green spaces across the country.Program Description:Calling all paddlers! Come help protect the scenic Adirondack Park while gaining valuable conservation skills by becoming a Natural Resource Steward!* 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.*The Student Conservation Association, in collaboration with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, seeks to place an intern working in Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest and the Five Ponds Wilderness Area. This intern will work for a duration of 16 weeks along personnel from NYSDEC on projects that help preserve and protect these unique natural resources. This position includes a $160 weekly stipend and a $570 monthly housing allowance. This intern will be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award at the completion of their service.Member Duties and Responsibilities:Educating the public on proper use of public landsProviding information on trail conditions, parking and Rules and RegulationsProvide information on Leave No Trace principles and low impact hiking and campingNotifying the Forest Ranger and Forester with respect to potential problems such as those involving hazardous trail conditions, public use, and emergencies they encounterPerforming minor trail maintenance such as removing blowdown, installing trail markers, cleaning drainage structures, and working with other staff as directedPerform minor primitive campsite maintenance such as cleaning up trash, cleaning fire rings, putting out un-attended campfires, and re-locating priviesMonitoring human visitation patternsPerforming campsite and trail assessmentsRecording GPS dataPerforming first aid and CPR in emergenciesProviding support for existing volunteer networksObjective/Targets:Provide information to recreational users and reduce negative impacts to the Forest Preserve.Provide information to the public about the Bog River Dam Maintenance Project which will be active in 2023, designated parking areas, alternative access routes for summer 2023, and alternative areas to visit during constructionImprove safety of recreational users and maintenance of facilities.Reduce the risk of unattended / escaped campfires.Member Benefits:$200/week living allowance$570/month housing allowance if housing is not provided$80 reimbursement for work pants$1,824 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of your term of serviceEligibility for Federal Student Loan forbearance and interest payment deferment through AmeriCorps for qualifying student loans.*All Allowances are subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.Member Qualifications:Must be 18 years of age or olderMust have a valid driver's licenseMust have a personal vehicleMust be a Citizen, National or Lawful Permanent Residing Alien of the USMust have ankle high hiking boots with lug sole and own camping gear - backpack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, cook stove, water filter, rain gear, orienteering-style compass, etcMust be physically capable of performing field work common to the assigned work area over rough terrain and during inclement weatherRequired Skills:Willingness to work alone or in small groups in remote areasAbility to hike, backpack, and sometimes camp in backcountry locationsAbility to use a kayak to visit water access primitive campsites on Hitchens Pond and Lows LakeAbility to navigate using a map and compass or GPSWillingness to work in adverse weather conditionsAbility to hike with a backpackAbility to use a kayak and paddle up to 5 miles in a dayInterest in interacting with the public and providing information on sustainable recreationTraining Opportunities:4-Day SCA orientationTrail tool safetyDEC / Radio Rules and RegulationsFirst AidAnti-Harassment TrainingDriver Safety TrainingProfessional Development Opportunities:A professional development series is hosted by the New York State SCA Program Coordinators over one month. Dates TBD but topics include:Resume WorkshopJob Board NavigationHow to InterviewIntro to GIS/GPSDepending on your site and workload, you may not be able to attend the live events, but recordings and opportunities for discussion will be made available to you.by Jobble

Keywords: Student Conservation Association Inc, Utica , Internship-Natural Resource Steward-Lows Lake, Other , Potsdam, New York

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