Lead Steward

Paul Smith's College

Paul Smiths, NY, United States 🇺🇸

Position: Lead Steward

Reports to: Regional Supervisor

Status: Full-time (up to 40 hours), temp, seasonal, non-exempt

Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) is seeking to hire several Lead Stewards for summer 2021. Lead Stewards serve as mentors and coaches for Watershed Stewards and Decontamination Technicians in the AWI’s flagship Stewardship Program. This position is an opportunity to gain leadership experience by ensuring our staffs’ success in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species and meeting the mission of AWI.

Job Description: Lead Stewards report to Regional Supervisors and will be trained to monitor and evaluate the performance of Watershed Stewards and Decontamination Technicians and provide supplemental on-site training as needed to maintain a high-quality standard of work. While the position is not a supervisory position, we are seeking applicants who have experience monitoring performance and sharing feedback with others. Applicants should be comfortable observing seasonal employees interacting with the pubic and providing constructive feedback to improve performance. The position will provide support to a team of up to 20 stewards and technicians in a region within the Adirondack Park and will play a crucial role in achieving the mission of the program and keeping staff motivated. Lead Stewards will be assigned to a specific AWI region within the Adirondacks but should expect extensive driving and will be required to work weekends and holidays.

Hours and Pay: Lead Stewards will work 8-10 hours per day, up to 40 hours per week, from May 17th through September 6th. Weekend & holiday work is required. Part-time work may be available through October 11th, contingent on funding availability. Lead Stewards are paid an hourly rate starting at $15.00 per hour, with a max rate of $16.00 depending on years of service. As this position requires extensive driving, mileage will be reimbursed at $0.50 per mile for work related activities. Staff will be required to attend a multi-day, paid training the week of May 17th. It will be determined later if this training will be on the Paul Smiths Campus, virtual, or a combination and for everyone’s safety is subject to change at any time.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist AWI staff with pre-season, and ongoing training of seasonal staff (watershed stewards and decontamination technicians) that will include, but not limited to: aquatic invasive species identification; boat inspection and decontamination at boat launches; aquatic invasive species spread prevention measures; public interaction; and Leave No Trace principles
  • Provide support and on-site mentoring and coaching to seasonal staff that is complementary to AWI’s mission, including orientation and training for mid-season hires
  • Travel daily to various work locations to provide support and encouragement to seasonal staff and to reinforce the Stewardship Program goals and values; provide data quality control; assist with aquatic invasive species plant identification; and monitor and evaluate seasonal staff performance as it relates to spread prevention
  • Serve the role of a watershed steward or decontamination technician when needed which includes interacting with the boating public to inspect and/or decontaminate watercraft; promote aquatic invasive species spread prevention measures; collect data via tablet computer
  • Communicate closely with AWI staff to provide feedback on performance issues related to spread prevention
  • Monitor and approve steward timesheets twice monthly
  • Adherence to College policy regarding safety and health practices concerning COVID-19 prevention will be required.


  • At least some college education preferred; applicants with degrees or coursework in natural resources, environmental studies, environmental science, recreation, wildlife, or related fields are preferred
  • One year prior experience as a watershed steward or decontamination technician or equivalent role required
  • Prior mentoring or leadership experience and proven interpersonal skills preferred
  • Familiarity with Leave No Trace is a plus
  • Capable of working in a collaborative environment and often independently
  • Strong communication skills, with prior experience working with a diverse public preferred
  • Familiarity with electronic data entry and/or prior experience collecting data using a tablet computer
  • Works in inclement weather outdoors
  • Ability to spend extended amount of time on your feet, bending, and crouching to reach under vessels
  • New York State driver’s license and driving record acceptable to PSC insurance carrier and AWI
  • Applicants must have use of a personal vehicle for transportation and shelter at work locations.
  • Ability to work all weekends & holidays (required)

It is the policy of Paul Smith’s College to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V