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Summer College Work-Study in the Adirondacks

These college work-study positions are part of the Federal College Work-Study Program. For more information on applying for federal work-study, contact the College's financial aid office (315.470.6670). Interviews for these positions will be held in April. Contact Mark Hill (315.470.6673) to set up an appointment for an interview.

In addition to the numerous opportunities to participate in research activities, recreational and educational opportunities are plentiful. Students enjoy fishing, swimming, biking, canoeing, and nature photography both on HWF and on nearby state land.  For education, there is the opportunity to visit such places as the Adirondack Museum, one of the finest regional museums of history and art in the United States. The Adirondack Interpretive Center, located on HWF, has a wide variety of lectures, workshops and naturalist guided trail walks to participate in.

Living for a summer on HWF also provides a unique experience of sharing the comradeship of fellow workers and researchers.  Most students stay in bunk-type housing units, sharing living space with other students. Students are required to eat in the Rich Lake Dining Center (weekly meal charge).


Forest Operations

Job Description:
Work-study students are responsible for a number of different work assignments such as forest surveying, mapping, timber stand improvement, forest inventory, etc.  Students have the opportunity to sharpen their basic field skills and obtain additional practice in areas that will be important for future employment.  There is also the opportunity to develop new skills and insight into such areas as herbicide application, trail maintenance, harvesting activities and general forest management practices.

The main duty station will be HWF. Work assignments will be at all of the College's Adirondack regional campuses (HWF, Pack Demonstration Forest - Warrensburg, and Dubar Memorial Forest- Wanakena).  Transportation will be provided to the job site.

Job Requirements: The preferred qualifications for this position are:

  • Forestry summer camp experience
  • General knowledge of forestry (i.e., dendrology, forest surveying, forest mensuration)
  • Some mechanical ability
  • ability to work with minimum supervision
  • some degree of physical durance
  • Drivers license required
Hours/week: 40
Hourly rate: $9.50 - $10.00 depending on experience
Duration of Employment: 5/12/14 - 08/22/14
Contact: Mike Gooden, mkgooden@esf.edu, or Bruce Breitmeyer, breitmeyer@esf.edu. (518) 582-4551 x105

Program Support

Job Description:

Assist AEC staff with long-term ecological monitoring (40%) and assist with the creation and maintenance of ecological data sets (60%).

Job Requirements: The preferred qualifications for this position are:

  • Driver's license required
  • Swimming ability desirable
  • Canoeing or boating experience desirable
  • Be in good physical condition
  • Willing to work in difficult field conditions (bugs, rain, heat)
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Access

Hours/Week: 40

Hourly Rate: $9.50

Duration of Employment:5/12/14 - 08/22/14

Contact: Stacy McNulty, smcnulty@esf.edu, phone: 518-582-4551, x102


Research Program

Job Description:
Assist AEC personnel in conduction wildlife and vegetation surveys including; small mammals trapping, white-tailed deer trapping, mustelid trapping, loon surveys, amphibian censusing and wildlife habitat inventory. Work-study participants are responsible for the maintenance associated with research projects including  plot marking, trail maintenance and up keep of lab and field equipment.  Students will assists in data entry and analysis. Occasional evening hours will also required.

Job Requirements: The preferred qualifications for this position are:

  • Driver's license required
  • Swimming ability desirable
  • Canoeing or boating experience desirable
  • Be in good physical condition
  • Willing to work in difficult field conditions (bugs, rain, heat)
Hours/week: 40
Hourly rate: $9.50
Duration of Employment:5/12/14 - 08/22/14
Contact: Charlotte Demers, cdemers@esf.edu, phone - (518) 582-4551, x103

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