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900-Hour Aquatic ISF Crew Member (AmeriCorps)

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Trail Conference Conservation Corps  900-Hour Aquatic ISF Crew Member 

Do you love the outdoors and want to protect it?  Thinking about a career in the environment? Come join the movement!    

Spend this field season protecting New York’s waters from aquatic invasive species on the Aquatic  Invasives Strike Force Crew (AISF)! As part of the AISF Crew, members will conduct aquatic vegetation  and invertebrate surveys on various lakes and rivers throughout the Lower Hudson Valley. These surveys are critical in early detection and rapid response efforts of invasive species in the region. The  crew will assist in invasive plant management in several lakes and make a tangible difference in  controlling the spread of invasives. The AISF Crew will also participate in the Lower Hudson PRISM  Watercraft Inspection Steward Program, providing critical education and outreach to boaters on AIS  identification and spread prevention methods while performing voluntary boat inspections and  collecting data on boater habits.  

We are seeking three crew members who share our passion for conservation of freshwater ecosystems  and the Lower Hudson Valley. The crew member is responsible for working with the AISF Crew Leader  and program coordinator to perform successful completion of projects. Aquatic plant and animal  identification, survey training, and steward training will be provided. 

Program Overview:  

Our AmeriCorps crews are trained by industry experts in sustainable trail building, invasive species  management, public outreach, volunteer engagement, and outdoor leadership. You will receive a living  stipend for your service and are eligible for education awards through our partnership with  AmeriCorps.  

Members learn and serve in the greater New York metropolitan region, which features the nation’s  finest system of trails outside of a major urban area. From trail construction to habitat restoration to  visitor education, you can provide vital resources to the public parks you enjoy. For more information  about our Corps, check out 

Service Location: The Lower Hudson Valley of New York  

Term of Service: A minimum of 900-hour term of service May 13th through October 25th, Thursday Monday (hours may vary from 7:00 AM-7:00 PM), including weekends and some holidays. Members are  also required to take a 1/2 hour lunch which does not count towards service hours. While on duty,  successful candidates will wear a provided uniform.  

Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Conduct detailed field surveys of aquatic plants and invertebrates (native and invasive), as well as  water quality, following specific procedures 
  • Perform manual invasive plant removals 
  • Educate boaters about aquatic invasive species and teach clean boating practices, i.e. by  distributing outreach and educational material to watercraft users while performing voluntary boat  inspections 
  • Prepare reports on work completed and log data collected weekly  
  • Work alongside leadership to fulfill responsibilities in supply and equipment maintenance and data  management 

Skills and Attributes Required:  

  • Interest in aquatic invasive species education and management 
  • Ability to remain calm and be comfortable with stinging/biting insect and animal encounters,  including snakes (rare), spiders, and other aquatic insects and invertebrates
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and written communication skills 
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude in adverse conditions  
  • Must be able to conduct moderate physical field work in rugged terrain, all weather, and aquatic  environments 
  • Must hold and maintain a valid driver’s license with access to a reliable vehicle for transportation of  self, tools, and supplies to field sites (including kayaks/canoes with racks provided
  • Must have reliable cell phone 
  • Must be willing to travel throughout the Lower Hudson Valley to assigned launches and survey  locations (some travel reimbursement provided) 

Desired Qualifications:  

  • College education in ecology, biology, natural resources management or related field
  • Basic knowledge and ability to identify native and invasive aquatic vegetation of New York 
  • Experience with ArcGIS software and with using a hand-held GPS to perform vegetation surveys
  • Demonstrated outreach skills and/or experience with environmental education    

Member Benefits:  

  • Free rustic, lakeside housing at a local park may be provided for members chosen through a lottery based system (dependent upon COVID-19 regulations) 
  • Bi-weekly pre-tax living allowance of $708.33 (returning members $761.67); $8,500 total (returning  members $9,500) 
  • Eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the term of service  totaling $3,097.50 
  •  Training in Wilderness First Aid/CPR/AED, Leave No Trace Principles, and Basic Kayak Safety
  • Extensive opportunity for professional development and networking with other field professionals
  • Opportunity to serve local communities and the public by making a difference in the environment  and improving habitats in a tangible way 
  • Opportunity for qualified student loan deferment  

Enrollment Requirements:  

An individual must be at least 18 years of age; have a high school diploma or GED; be a U.S. citizen or  permanent resident alien; pass a three-part national service criminal history check of the national sex offender registry, state repository check, and FBI fingerprint check; and complete all pre-service  orientation and training requirements. Documentation of age, education and citizenship are due by the  first day of orientation. Criminal history checks will be initiated before the start of service; an individual  will be ineligible if s/he is required to register on the National Sex Offender Registry, has been  convicted of murder, or fails to disclose any previous conviction. Other convictions or pending charges  will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with program policy. 

To Apply:  

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Applications accepted until the positions are filled. 

For questions, email AIS Program Manager Lindsay Yoder at or  Conservation Corps Manager, Tori Finn at

The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference provides equal opportunities to all employees and  applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual  orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status or any other  protected category under federal, state and local law. We pledge to uphold equality in our hiring and  employment practices and to create an environment where everyone, from any background, can do  their best work.