Operating in the Lower Hudson Valley of New York and Northern New Jersey, the Trail Conference Conservation Corps trains, enables, and empowers future conservation leaders to become stone wall/step trail builders, aquatic and invasive species stewards and invasive species stikeforce personnel.
Crew members work primarily outdoors and must have the ability to conduct physically strenuous field work in rugged terrain, including ability to lift and carry heavy loads up to 50 pounds, hike 5 miles on uneven terrain and work in all weather conditions.
Trail builders ....................
And the Invasive Strike-force crews work to remove invasive vegetation from local waterways (Aquatic team) as well as on land in local parks and nature preserves (Terrestrial team) to preserve and maintain our natural ecosystems.
Community Need Addressed
The Trail Conference Conservation Corps trains, enables, and empowers future conservation leaders by teaching sustainable trail building and stewardship techniques, while engaging and teaching community volunteers on the responsible use and care of open space and addressing the needs of land managers.
• Highly technical trail-buiilding training and experience: griphoist rigging, dragging and highlines, dry masonry and trail structures, trail tread and drainage, bridge building, trail design and layout, etc.
• Training in Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED (for 2 year Red Cross certification) & Leave-No-Trace Principles
• Training and experience in volunteer recruitment and retention techniques
• Valuable professional and networking opportunities
• Making a difference serving the local community and visitors from across the nation
Education award upon successful completion of service, Housing, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Skills you will gain
Wilderness First Aid, CPR, AED, LNT, Professional
Competencies You Will Develop
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Turn taking, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment