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Summit Steward

Seasonal Position

Summit stewards are responsible for educating the hiking public about the rare and fragile alpine communities of the High Peaks Wilderness. A summit steward’s foremost goal is to encourage hikers to walk on the solid bedrock above the treeline, thereby protecting the threatened and endangered flora of the alpine zone. As educators and interpretive naturalists, summit stewards teach hikers about minimizing impacts on alpine summits, the significance of alpine vegetation in the context of the state’s natural heritage, and alpine ecology.

Location: Adirondak Loj & Heart Lake Program Center, Lake Placid, NY

Position Dates: Friday of Memorial Day weekend – Labor Day; options to either leave early for college or to stay through Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Compensation: $13.50 per hour, on-site housing included; Paid sick time; paid certification in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and Leave No Trace Trainer workshop; free ADK workshops, discounts on store merchandise and rental equipment.

Application Deadline: February 1

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