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Internship-Natural Resource Steward-Lake Ontario Dunes

Company: Student Conservation Association Inc
Location: Dexter
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 bird-nerds and beach-bums! Come help protect the beautiful Sand Dunes along Lake Ontario's eastern shoreline while gaining valuable natural resource management 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.*This 16-week position seeks to place 2 interns 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. Interns 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.Objective/Targets:Monitor and offer protection to plovers until they fledgeRemove water chestnut from various locations within the WMA'sEnsure beaches are clear or debris and garbageRegularly collect user information i.e., number of cars in a parking lot.Submit a written summary at the end of the seasonMember Duties and Responsibilities:Provide information and education to the public relating to the proper use and protection of the natural resourcePromote Leave-No-Trace practicesMonitoring of Piping Plover nestsPatrolling miles of natural beachNotifying DEC law enforcement of potential problems and emergenciesPerforming minor maintenance (such as snow fence repairs, installing or replacing signage, beach cleanup)Provide support for existing volunteer networksAssist with invasive species mitigationCollect information on user group size, of recreation (biking, boating, hiking, etc.), and user experience, to assist the Department in its visitor use monitoring programsOther conservation-related duties as assignedMember 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:Requirements to Serve: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 be physically capable of performing field work common to the assigned work area over rough terrain and during inclement weatherNecessary Job Skills:Must be able to work independently and part of a teamMust be able to work long hours outdoorsMust be able to work in inclement weatherMust be able to paddle a cone and/or kayakMust be able to communicate effectively with the publicSome college level education in Forestry, Biology, Earth Science, Outdoor Education, trail work, Conservation, Geography, or related field preferredTraining 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 Jobble

Keywords: Student Conservation Association Inc, Syracuse , Internship-Natural Resource Steward-Lake Ontario Dunes, Other , Dexter, New York

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