American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association of Stateline, NV, is seeking a Trail Operations Coordinator Intern for 12 weeks to assist the TRTA in trail construction, maintenance and management programs on the 200-mile Tahoe Rim Trail system. This opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic individual with a degree and/or background in Recreation Management, Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Management or a closely related field, with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in recreation, trail and natural resource management.
The objective of this position is to provide support for Trail Operations programs for the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA). The TRTA is a non-profit, volunteer-driven conservation organization with a small staff and is the primary steward and private partner with the United States Forest Service in the management of the Tahoe Rim Trail system, a 200-mile trail system that traverses the mountains above Lake Tahoe. The Trail Operations Coordinator Intern will gain job skills related to the management of trails, non-profit conservation organizations and recreation and natural resources by working on a variety of projects in partnership with volunteers and under the supervision of TRTA staff. The incumbent will develop skills and proficiencies related to trail management, maintenance and construction including use of hand tools, power tools, chainsaws, crosscut saws, winches, remote-sensing equipment, and GIS, depending on interest and background. The incumbent will work with TRTA staff and volunteers but will not be a Tahoe Rim Trail Association employee.
This position will include diverse responsibilities depending on the incumbent's interest and background, but will primarily focus on coordinating and assisting TRTA volunteer Crew Leaders in on-trail field work to improve and expand the Tahoe Rim Trail system. The TRTA holds three public, volunteer workday events each week through the summer along with overnight backcountry work camps and front-country weekend work camps. The intern will assist in the coordination and execution of these work events, including multi-day trips in Desolation Wilderness. In addition, the intern will work closely with the Director of Trail Operations and volunteer TRTA Crew Leaders to collect trail assessment and facility data, develop work plans, manage a trail information database, and produce reports and other materials to meet trail management objectives. The TRTA will provide a vehicle for approved drivers to utilize for work-related transportation, supervision, project specific training, personal protective equipment, tools and other safety items required during the term.
Compensation: $400 per week living allowance (Stipend). Typical workweek will be 8-10 hours/day, 4-5 days/week. Interns are also qualified to receive an AmeriCorps education award valued at $1,538.36 upon the successful completion of 450, or more, hours during the 12-week internship.
Provided: Housing is available in South Lake Tahoe through ACE at a rate of $100/month. Please contact ACE for additional details.
Not Provided: The incumbent will be expected to provide his/her own appropriate clothing/gear for this position, which includes: sturdy work boots, work pants, backpack, rain gear, etc.
Applicants should have, or be pursuing, a degree in Recreation Management, Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Management or a related field. In place of (or in addition to) formal education, experience in outdoor recreation management, outdoor education, GIS, conservation, and trail building will be considered. Applicants should be resourceful, adaptable and able to work comfortably with a diverse pool of volunteers and in backcountry and wilderness settings. Resumes and cover letters must show detailed key project experiences.
Interns must be US citizen or possess a green card.
Since this position requires driving, interns must be 21+.
Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.
Must have a valid driver's license and clean driving record.
Ability to drive a Tahoe Rim Trail vehicle is required for this position. ACE will conduct a driving record check upon on-boarding and Intern must be cleared by ACE to drive.
Effective communication skills with people of diverse ages and backgrounds.
Must be able to communicate clearly and consistently with TRTA staff.
Experience with trail construction, design and rehabilitation with ACE, SCA, a Conservation Corps, or other trail building organization.
A high fitness level and an interest in camping overnight for backcountry work trips.
Ability to work alone/in a small group in remote settings.
Ability to work in large teams in remote settings (up to 15).
Experience and/or ability to learn use of GPS unit.
Willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 40 lbs.
Able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts.
Applicants are expected to be highly motivated to pursue a career in natural resource and trail management and be willing and able to perform assigned duties with little direct supervision.
Database management and ArcGIS software experience.
First Aid or Wilderness First Aid certified.
USFS Chainsaw and/or crosscut saw certified.
Experience with Griphoist winches and rigging for trailbuilding.
Experience with stone work for trailbuilding.
Experience working with pack stock.
Knowledge and understanding of Leave No Trace principals.
Knowledge and ability to utilize GPS equipment in the field.
Knowledge and ability to utilize GIS programs such as ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro.
Previous employment as a Crew Leader for a Conservation Corps, Federal Agency, or other trail building organization.
Intern must be willing to represent ACE and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.