Parks and Trails Assistant

Monday, March 27, 2017 -- Scenic Hudson

Date of Notice

March 23, 2017

Position Title

Parks and Trails Assistant (Apr. 4 to Nov. 15, 2017)

Mission of Position:

This Student Conservation Association internship will focus on Scenic Hudson's mission to be models of environmental stewardship and management in the Hudson River Valley, with an eye to inclusiveness for underserved communities and accessibility of our parks wherever possible. The candidate will be a member of the Scenic Hudson’s Parks Team in assisting staff with the management of over 15 parks and preserves throughout the Hudson Valley, including a number of urban parks. Work will include frequent and regular visitation to Scenic Hudson Parks (75% independently, 25% supervised) to maintain and improve the trail system and accessibility for all. This includes routine visitation to inspect and maintain parks, gateways, trails and infrastructure. This includes but is not limited to the use of power and hand tools and a basic level of experience with the use of these tools is required. When in the field, the Parks and Trails Assistant will be expected to interact with park visitors, describe Scenic Hudson’s mission, interpret ecological and historical resources and answer general questions as well as monitor trail conditions, and create work logs that will be entered into our database. There will be a focus on creating and maintaining trails and park amenities throughout Scenic Hudson’s parks, which include a number of urban parks. This will include working with the Jolly Rovers Trail Crew to host a trail improvement workshop. The candidate will also assist with Scenic Hudson programming and events that may require them to work occasional evening and weekend hours.

The SCA member will be working at parks and properties owned and managed by Scenic Hudson throughout 10 counties of the Hudson Valley Region. This member will be working on park management activities that enhance the ecology, user friendliness, and sustainability of our parks and trails, hence offering opportunities to connect people with nature. Of these properties, the member will work independently to monitor and maintain trails to keep them clear and safe for park visitors. The member will also be engaging the public whenever possible to inform them of park regulations, projects, upcoming events hosted by Scenic Hudson and its partners, and the organizational mission of Scenic Hudson.

Scenic Hudson will provide in-house training from provided in proper and safe use of a variety of field tools (power and manual), tool maintenance/care, hazard communication, sustainable trail building technique, identification of problem trail areas, leading volunteer programs and events, management of park and recreation areas, and light carpentry.

Principle Responsibilities Include

  • Routine visitation of Scenic Hudson managed parks to regularly monitor and maintain all park trails including adhering to a trail lopping schedule; will work with our Natural Resources Assistant from April through June to manage invasive plants on park trails and grounds; inspect and repair park infrastructure (i.e., benches, bridges, boardwalks, kiosks, entry signs) and respond to issues of vandalism and graffiti; learn to identify park and trail improvement projects and coordinate volunteer workdays to complete these improvements. (25%)
  • Work to create signage, establish trails, and assist with all aspects of ongoing maintenance and improvement for accessibility. (15%)
  • Assist in trail improvements throughout Scenic Hudson’s parks, including park structure repairs and organizing the Jolly Rovers Trails Crew Project. (15%)
  • Assist with the management of newly acquired fee land properties. This includes, but is not limited to removing potential safety hazards, monitoring and securing boundaries, mowing and gateway maintenance of properties, etc. (15%)
  • Office work and maintaining field observations into our work log. (Approximately 1 day per week) (5%)
  • Assist in conducting annual monitoring of our parks, and fee lands as per Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Requirements (5%)
  • Assist other team members with events and programming in Scenic Hudson Parks when needed. (5%)
  • Participate in all SCA Corps-wide trainings and service projects, as well as project evaluation and reporting. (15%)

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Previous experience in working in a public park setting, natural resource fieldwork, leading volunteer groups, specifically with underserved populations is helpful. Excellent organizational, verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills are required. Working within a team setting for a common goal is critical as well as being able to work independently. Experience operating power and hand tools such as shovels, rakes, loppers, picks, cordless drill, brush cutters, weed whackers required. Candidate must be comfortable working and driving independently throughout 10 counties to various parks for work. Applicant must have a positive attitude and a desire to enhance the natural world. Applicant must express the desire to learn how to manage multiple parks and trails.

Required Academic and Experience Qualifications

Coursework, experience or passion in the field of environmental science, natural or recreation resource management or related field, and ability to perform physical work outdoors in semi-remote locations in varying weather conditions independently and as part of a group. Enthusiasm and/or experience with diversity and cultural inclusion initiatives pertaining to conservation work or the environmental field. Interest in recreation resource management, trail work, and public access issues; must be physically able to walk 4+ miles a day over varied terrain and lift up to 50lbs. Position requires frequent exposure to potentially harmful biotic factors including poison ivy, stinging & biting insects and ticks carrying Lyme Disease. Enthusiasm and/or experience with diversity and cultural inclusion initiatives pertaining to conservation work or the environmental field. Applicant must possess a clean and valid driver’s license. Applicant must provide their own transportation. Applicant will be required to use their personal vehicle to travel to office, workshop, and job sites (will be reimbursed at .56/mile).


This position is an SCA Hudson Valley Conservation Corps Americorps internship. The successful candidate will serve as a corps member with the SCA stationed at Scenic Hudson from Apr. 4 to Nov. 15, 2017. See this link to apply: