Employment Opportunities


Black Rock Forest (BRF) is a growing environmental non-profit organization with programs in research, education, and conservation. The organization’s facilities, including offices, labs, classrooms, and a lodge, are located in the 3,920-acre Forest of the same name in Cornwall, NY. BRF has a staff of 15 and functions as a biological field station with 26 miles of hiking trails and another 17 miles of gated forest roads. 

Executive Director

Black Rock Forest is searching for its next Executive Director as of the fall of 2022. The organization’s Board of Directors has partnered with the national search firm Isaacson, Miller to assist in finding a visionary leader to guide Black Rock Forest into the future. 

Responsibilities of the position include providing leadership and day-to-day management of the 3,924- acre Black Rock Forest and its ten full-time and five part-time staff. Other responsibilities include scientific leadership, strategic planning, fiscal oversight of the operating budget, fundraising, talent recruitment, and partnering with the 18 members of the Black Rock Forest Consortium including Columbia University, City University of New York, and the American Museum of Natural History. The position calls for a dynamic leader and spokesperson who brings proven managerial skills, outstanding abilities in communication, and an advanced scientific background. 

More information about the position and how to make inquiries, nominations, and applications can be found at www.imsearch.com/8432 

Trailhead Stewards – Visitor Services Team (Seasonal/Part-Time)  

Position Summary: Trailhead Stewards welcome Black Rock Forest (BRF) visitors, provide information for them to hike safely and responsibly, and encourage visitors to become “Friends of the Forest.” Stewards educate visitors in high traffic areas to help raise awareness about the importance of the work BRF does, Leave No Trace principles, hiking preparedness, and public use policies that protect Black Rock Forest as both a research forest and as an intact ecosystem. Reports to Visitor Services Coordinator. 


  1. Greet & provide information to visitors in a friendly, welcoming, and professional manner.  
  1. Encourage visitors to become “Friends” of Black Rock Forest, to purchase merchandise, and to donate, volunteer, & participate in our public hikes program. 
  1. Process donations and merchandise purchases via Square.  
  1. Provide trail maps as needed and ensure that visitors who are unfamiliar with BRF have the information they need to complete their hikes safely. 
  1. Disseminate information about Black Rock Forest, including upcoming events and the public benefit of its research, education, and conservation programs.  
  1. Offer courteous reminders about BRF Public Usage Policies. 
  1. Help maintain a clean, safe environment (occasional trail work; parking lot cleanup) 
  1. Check in with BRF staff prior to shift and debrief following to ensure staff are aware of visitor needs or requests; contact staff promptly with any hiker safety issues as they arise. 
  1. Attend occasional trainings on specific topics to keep updated about BRF programs.  

Qualifications & Hours 

  • Seasonal part-time positions available. (Late April to mid-November); Saturdays & Sundays, and some holidays from 8:30AM to 4:30PM. 
  • Great interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment and individually.  
  • Ability to follow protocols and communicate efficiently with BRF Staff and visitors.  
  • Familiarity with Black Rock Forest & its trails preferred but not required. 
  • Willingness to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions & stand for several hours at a time. 
  • Candidates 18 years and older preferred

Salary & Benefits 

  • Trail Stewards will be paid hourly ($15.00/hour). 
  • Free Friends of the Forest parking pass after 12 hrs of service. 

    Trailhead Steward Application Form

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    Wildlife Connectivity Technician (Seasonal)

    We have filled this position. Future, similar positions will arise, so please check back periodically. Thank you to all of our applicants.