The Stewardship Crew Coordinator is a long term seasonal position that will assist the Saratoga-Capital District Region of New York State Parks coordinate the work of summer conservation crews and volunteer groups in order to meet the agency’s mission to be responsible stewards of our valuable natural, historic and cultural resources.
Working directly with the Regional Natural Resource Steward (Biologist), this position will directly oversee the work of the summer trails crew - designing projects and overseeing construction/restoration- and the invasive species strike team – prioritizing projects and overseeing the team’s work to manually control non-native invasive species. Additionally, this position will work to develop a FORCES (Friends Of Recreation, Conservation, and Environmental Stewardship) program for the region. Through FORCES, State Parks staff work with local colleges, universities, and trade schools to establish college-sanctioned clubs or other student-led organizations through which students volunteer for a variety of projects within State Parks. Student involvement ranges from one-day events to long-term projects that include improvements to recreation facilities and historic sites, trail rehabilitation, protection and restoration of natural resources while learning organizational, leadership and communication skills and professional skills and experience that they can apply in their personal and professional lives.
Primary responsibilities require coordination and collaboration with; Park staff, Regional staff (capital and biologists) and Environmental Management staff and include but are not limited to:
• Working directly with the Regional Natural Resource Steward (Biologist) to develop plans to address priority projects throughout the region.
• Acting as a primary contact to develop schedules and logistics with park managers for stewardship crews (both paid and volunteer) working in the parks.
• Applying sustainable trail building knowledge to directly lead the efforts of the regional trail crew on hiking trail projects in parks throughout the Capital District.
• Assist with the development of formal partnerships with NYS public and private colleges and universities: meet with faculty and staff and develop ideas for collaboration.
• Develop and update FORCES promotional materials: promote and market the FORCES program and opportunities via multiple media.
• Recruit and supervise FORCES stewards, work-study students, and other volunteers.
• Assist with the development, implementation, and tracking of park projects: meet with park managers and staff to discuss potential park projects, collaborate with agency partners, research park-side protocol and feasibility for implementation of projects, and provide supervision, assistance, and leadership for projects.
Applicants should have field experience and/or a BS or MS in biological/environmental sciences, natural resource management, or a related field. Sustainable trail design/construction, plant ID, natural history skills, and a working knowledge of GIS are desired. Highly qualified applicants will have experience with invasive species management, supervision, and project coordination including data management. Applicants should also have experience with environmental outreach, civic engagement, and coordination of volunteer programs.
Applicants must be able to work independently and be self-motivated. Applicants must be willing to work in a variety of weather conditions and perform physically demanding field work. They should also be comfortable working on a team and coordinating with upper level staff within the agency and partnering collegiate institutions. Applicants should possess excellent computing skills, verbal and written skills, and be able to think critically to assess the varying needs of the program.
Medical, Dental and Vision benefits are available after the 56-day waiting period for employees who work at least 20 hours/week. The option to join the NYS Employee Retirement System is also available. This is a seasonal position, however, funding will be requested to continue this program in future years, though future funding is not guaranteed.
Please email a letter of interest, resume or CV, and names and contact information for three professional references by March 23, 2018 to:
Regional Natural Resource Steward
NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
19 Roosevelt Dr.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866