Mar 4, 2013

NYS Parks Volunteer FORCES invasives training

The Central Region of NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation invites you to join their F.O.R.C.E.S- Friends Of Recreation, Conservation and Environmental Stewardship!

This is a unique opportunity to participate in NYS Parks Volunteer FORCES - Friends of Recreation, Conservation and Environmental Stewardship program. As part of NYS OPRHP’s NY Works community conservation project to protect the rare and threatened American hart's-tongue fern at Clark Reservation and Chittenango Falls State Parks, the Central Region will:

  • Recruit, enlist and train10 citizen volunteers (i.e. Level 1 FORCES) to control and remove invasive plants during May through October, 2013 and beyond
  • Seeking candidates that have interest and commitment to the environment, conservation, community service and our parks
  • These are unpaid volunteer positions. However, participants could receive community service hours, resume experience or academic credit (if students). Time commitments may vary - but preference will be given to candidates that can provide over 20 hours of volunteer service per month
  • Each participant will be equipped with a "tool kit" to include GPS, mattock, loppers, hand pruners, U-Dig-It trowel, gloves, hard hat, safety glasses and backpack filled with other necessities (e.g., water bottle, First Aid kit, sunscreen, poncho, flagging, clipboard, etc.)
  • With time in the field and additional training, Level 1 FORCES volunteers will become Level 2 FORCES, where they will be qualified to train other assistant Level 1 FORCES and host community partner events.

The initial training session will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 9 am - 12 pm at Clark Reservation State Park and the Central Region headquarters.  Lunch and an optional field visit to Clark (weather permitting) will follow the training.

Interested individuals who are unable to attend on March 23rd are encouraged to submit an application, as additional trainings may be scheduled until enrollment numbers are met.

Click here to view the promotional leaflet.

Click here to view and print the Clark Reservation FORCES application form.

NYS OPRHP anticipates that this program will be enrolled quickly, so please submit your application A.S.A.P., as the positions for the training will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis for qualified applicants.

Please contact Tom Hughes or Stephanie Smith (prior to March 9) for more information. You may also  submit your application electronically or via fax or regular mail to Stephanie's mailing address.

Tom Hughes
Natural Resource Steward Biologist
Central and Finger Lakes Regions
NYS OPRHP - Central Region
6105 East Seneca Turnpike
Jamesville, NY 13078
office - 315-492-1756
fax 315-492-3277
tom.hughes@parks.ny.gov

Stephanie K Smith
MPS Conservation Biology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
NYS OPRHP - Central Region
6105 East Seneca Turnpike
Jamesville, NY 13078
office - 315-492-1756
fax 315-492-3277
stephanie.smith@parks.ny.gov