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Regional Sustainability Steward (Intern) (ID: 109945) for Summer 2024


Office of P and R Parks and Rec

625 Broadway
Albany , NY 12207
E-Mail: Tom.Hughes@parks.ny.gov

Division/Unit: Environmental Stewardship/FORCES


Web Site: https://parks.ny.gov(New Window)


Proposal Information


Position Title: Regional Sustainability Steward (Intern)
Location: Central NY Park Region - Jamesville, NY
Division: Environmental Stewardship/FORCES
Compensation: $15.00 - $22.75 per hour
Duration: May - August 2024 with possibility for extension
Hours: Variable hours dependent upon student schedules & project/program needs
(office) Monday through Friday, 830 am - 430 pm


* The Central Region is looking for Sustainability Stewards to improve the agency's ability to implement more sustainable practices at regional facilities, including park offices, maintenance areas and campgrounds. The Stewards will support efforts to communicate, further develop and implement the statewide Sustainability Initiative and its resource guide to regional facility managers and support staff.
* Interns work 20-40 hours per week during the summer.

Job Duties

* Obtain knowledge and understanding of park management, best management practices for energy conservation and sustainable operations, and new technologies/methodologies for implementation.
* Communicate and coordinate sustainability programs with regional Facility Managers, other operational staff, and the public.
* Assessing current status and needs across facilities and providing recommendations for improvement.
* Develop pilot projects that will be implemented beginning Spring/Summer 2024 that will enhance OPRHP's sustainability initiative with waste/recycling, energy conservation and climate change resiliency.
* Participate in Environmental Stewardship projects and programs that focus on climate resiliency, natural resource management and field biology (e.g., invasive species assessment and mapping).


* Current, undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in environmental studies, sustainability, landscape architecture, engineering, or similar discipline.
* Candidates must be self-motivated, able to initiate projects and tasks, have good time management and organizational skills, and effectively work with park staff and the public.
* Candidates with prior knowledge of sustainability practices and protocols preferred.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Tom.Hughes@parks.ny.gov by March 29, 2024



Organizational skills


Internship Areas: Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Conservation, Scientific Research

Logistical Information

Payment? Paid

Number of Hours: 30 or more

Location: Onondaga

Number of Interns Needed: 1

Desired Candidate Profile

Preferred Standing Junior

Minimum Standing: Sophomore

Degree Concentrations: Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Public Health, Recreational Studies