Expected Dates

May 22, 2022 to September 10, 2022



NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Position ID


Come help protect the scenic Adirondack Park while gaining valuable conservation skills by becoming a Natural Resource Steward!

This 16-week position seeks to place an intern within high-use and ecologically sensitive parts of the Low’s Lake Wild Forest, who will work alongside officials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) on projects that help preserve and protect this unique natural resource. This position includes a $160 weekly stipend and a $570 monthly housing allowance. The intern will be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award at the completion of their service.

The Intern will gain valuable resource management skills, and perform a variety of duties which involve the preservation, protection and enhancement of the natural resources and the safety and well-being of the public using these resources. This includes, but is not limited to:

Educating the public on the proper use of public lands
Providing information on trail conditions and Rules and Regulations
Educating the public regarding current topics that could influence fragile ecosystems
Notifying the Forest Ranger and Forester with respect to potential problems such as those involving hazardous trail conditions, public use, and emergencies that they encounter
Performing minor maintenance (such as removing blowdown, installing trail markers and signs, cleaning drainage devices) and work with other staff as requested
Monitoring human visitation patterns
Performing campsite and trail assessment
Recording GPS data
Performing first aid and CPR in emergencies
Providing support for existing volunteer networks.
This position requires the willingness and ability to travel by foot and work alone or in small groups in remote, sometimes rugged terrain and inclement weather conditions. The intern will mostly work Thursday-Sunday. The ability to use a map and compass, a GPS unit and strong backpacking skills are essential.
The SCA is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

Conditions of Employment

Candidates will be 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;
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.

Training Provided

Must attend DEC/SCA Backcountry Steward orientation training program.

Main Area of Focus

Backcountry/Trail work

Education, Training & Skills Expected


some coursework or experience


some coursework or experience


some coursework or experience

Recreation Management

some coursework or experience

Resource Management

some coursework or experience


some experience


competent without supervision


some experience


competent with supervision

Community Engagement

some experience

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible


Driving Logistics

Valid Drivers License Needed

Personal Vehicle Required

Remote Location. Vehicle should be able to transport a canoe or kayak.

Housing or Stipend Provided?


Certification Requirements

Basic First Aid;CPR



US Citizenship