The Wildlife Conservation Society and
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Position 2013 Adirondack Bear Steward
Description The Wildlife Conservation Society's Adirondack Program (WCS) and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are offering a paid internship to assist with the Bear Steward Program. The program focuses on black bear education in the High Peaks Area of the Adirondacks. The Bear Steward will help WCS and DEC inform backpackers about the importance of using bear canisters to protect bears and help backpackers comply with the NYS DEC bear canister regulation for the High Peaks. Job responsibilities include conducting trailhead education of hikers and backpackers; canister loans; and providing interpretive programs. Four days of the week, the employee is stationed outside at a remote trailhead; two days a week the employee is stationed at a small indoor nature interpretation center in Newcomb, NY. Depending on funding there may be possibility for the steward to engage in special projects during the course of the internship associated with historic preservation and/or recreational user impacts in the High Peaks.
'Distribute information about food storage, the High Peaks bear
canister regulation, and bear conservation to backpackers at the
Upper Works trailhead and the Adirondack Interpretive Center
(AIC) in Newcomb, NY via one on one interaction, short
interpretive programs, and educational literature.
'Provide canister loans to backpackers entering the High Peaks
from both the Upper Works trailhead and the AIC.
'Work with WCS, DEC, and the State University of New York College
of Environmental Science and Forestry to provide other bear-
related information as needed to backcountry users.
'Includes a three-day training in Warrensburg, NY the week of May
The position is full-time (~40hours/week) and runs early June through August. A personal vehicle is necessary to travel to and from the trailhead. Housing and food will be provided. Small gas stipend may also be available. Training in bear conservation, public communication and interpretation, wilderness protocols, and Leave No Trace will be provided. Work schedule is Tuesday ' Saturdays with Sunday and Monday off.
Qualifications Self-motivated, professional, able to work independently and in a remote wilderness setting with sometimes infrequent interaction with public, able to solve problems independently, willingness and ability to communicate well with people, and able to report project results to supervisors in a timely manner. A background in environmental science or interpretation is desired. Individual must be competent with computers, specifically Power Point and feel comfortable giving public presentations; previous experience with any of the following is a plus conservation, and knowledge of the Adirondack Park ecology, management, history, and backcountry recreation.
The WCS Adirondack Program promotes conservation, community involvement and research. We generate and disseminate objective information to a wide range of stakeholders on a number of important issues such as human ' wildlife conflicts; climate change; the effects of development on wildlife populations in the Adirondacks; and recreation. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation mission is to conserve, improve, and protect New York State's natural resources and environment, and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well being. In addition to applying online please send resume and cover letter to Zoe Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about our programs visit www.wcsadirondacks.org and http//www.dec.state.ny.us./