Natural Resources Assistant

Student Conservation Association - Poughkeepsie, NY

Expected Dates
January 14, 2020 to November 10, 2020
Scenic Hudson, Inc.
Position ID
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.

SCA Hudson Valley AmeriCorps partners with State and non-profit agencies to address the conservation needs of the Hudson River Watershed region. Corps members are placed at individual host sites, where service activities range from providing environmental education to underserved youth, to restoring streambanks along the Hudson River, and beyond. Members join together regularly for trainings, service projects, or other events.

The Natural Resources Assistant position will be located at Scenic Hudson in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Purpose of the Program:
This position will help to monitor, conserve, restore, and rehabilitate biodiversity and increase the public understanding of the Hudson Valley’s natural history.

Community Needs that the Program Serves:
Scenic Hudson is a regional Hudson Valley land trust and environmental organization that operates throughout 10 counties in New York, from Albany to New York City. We have 25,000 members and welcome thousands of annual visitors to our parks and preserves each year. Our scientists and planners offer their expertise free of charge to dozens of communities. Annually, our education and events programming directly engage more than 900 students and 2500 residents and visitors in free park based programming along the Hudson River corridor.

SCA AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:
Assist Scenic Hudson’s Science, Climate and Stewardship Team with the stewardship of various parks, preserves and privately owned lands throughout the Hudson Valley. The Natural Resources Assistant will help implement natural resource management projects such as habitat restoration, ecological monitoring/assessments, and data management. Additional work includes interaction with park visitors on a regular basis, communicating park rules, introducing and explaining park projects, and assisting staff with other duties as assigned. This work will include frequent and regular visitation to Scenic Hudson parks. Use of personal vehicle is necessary and weekend work will be required.
Assist Scenic Hudson’s Land Stewardship Coordinator with the stewardship of Scenic Hudson lands through habitat restoration (i.e. tree plantings, invasive plant control, and erosion control), ecological inventories and monitoring, and other tasks relating to stewardship of natural resources. Work also includes documenting all work performed in the field and the management of natural resource databases and GIS data. Other responsibilities include organizing and leading volunteer workdays, producing public outreach materials, and organizing volunteer training/work days. The Natural Resources Assistant will collaborate with other Scenic Hudson members to implement education and outreach programming and other work throughout Scenic Hudson parks and preserves. (70%)
Participate in all SCA Corps-wide trainings and service projects, as well as project evaluation and reporting (10%)
Assist the Parks and Trails Assistant by monitoring and managing invasive vegetation along the park trails (5%)
Assist with events in Scenic Hudson parks, including non-natural resources volunteer workdays, education programs, and other recreational activities. (10%)
As needed, assist with park infrastructure projects such as trail building, replacing/creating trail improvements, and replacing/creating park structures. (5%)

How the SCA AmeriCorps Member’s Role Aligns with the Organization:
The Natural Resources Assistant supports the Science, Climate, and Stewardship Team in ensuring Scenic Hudson’s conserved lands restore biodiversity, build climate resiliency, and increase public understanding of the region’s natural history and vulnerability to a changing climate.

Performance Goals for the SCA AmeriCorps Member:
Goal 1: Create a portfolio of maps and written products that contribute toward Scenic Hudson natural resources program initiatives.

Goal 2: Successfully plan and lead at least one volunteer workday that contributes toward achieving one of Scenic Hudson’s property goals.

Goal 3: Present the findings of one of our various program initiatives, either to Scenic Hudson staff or to a larger regional group.

Candidate Requirements:
Valid Driver’s License of at least 3 years with a clean driving record
Ability to pass a federal background check

Ability to perform physical work outdoors in semi-remote locations in varying weather conditions independently and as part of a group.
Must be physically able to walk 4+ miles a day over varied terrain and to lift up to 50 lbs.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Experience operating power and hand tools such as shovels, rakes, loppers, picks, cordless drills, brush-cutters and weed-whackers.
Enjoys working and interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds, and brings a positive attitude and a desire to enhance the natural world.
Experience in public parks or natural resource fieldwork

Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, natural resource management or related field

Experience in ArcGIS software and GPS mapping.
Valid driver’s license and personal transportation is necessary

All Hudson Valley Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance
This position will have housing provided for the SCA member
Upon successful completion of the term, members receive a taxable Full-time 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 Hudson Valley Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Hudson River Citizen Science curricula, Trail Skills, Project WILD curricula, and professional development. Optional trainings include Leave No Trace, American Canoe Association Quick Start Your Canoe, and other opportunities that arise.

Handicap Accessible?
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Leadership Experience
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Further Details
AmeriCorps Eligible
Driving Logistics
Valid Drivers License Needed
Personal Vehicle Required
A personal vehicle is required to access amenities such as grocery store, libraries, etc. as well as travel to Hudson Valley Corps trainings and events.
Housing or Stipend Provided?
Apartment located within walking distance to the office shared with 3 other SCA members, each having their own room
US Citizenship