Resource Assistants Program:
United States Forest Service Resource Assistants Program (RAP) is a rigorous and immersive, paid placement for individuals interested in Forest Service careers. Resource Assistants work under the supervision of Forest Service staff to complete mission-critical work that demonstrates leadership, critical thinking, and strategic communication. Through collaboration, training, and mentorship, resource assistants gain the tools to launch their natural and cultural resource careers.
RAP seeks to engage highly motivated candidates through these program objectives:
Instill stewardship values in the next generation of natural and cultural resource management professionals;
Expand and enhance the capacity of the Forest Service to accomplish mission-critical work and high-priority projects;
Attract and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce to support the Forest Service's mission to "sustain the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations."
Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, Arizona, in partnership with the United States Forest Service (USFS) Eldorado National Forest, is seeking an OHV Recreation Specialist. This opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic professional with a well-developed working background in conservation, natural resources management, wilderness management, recreation management, or a similar field. The Recreation Specialist should possess a passion for public land management and a professional interest in advancing their career towards natural resource management, policy, natural resources management and/or wilderness.
Start Date: September 2019
End Date: 26 weeks after start
Location: Eldorado National Forest Amador Ranger District
The Eldorado National Forest is located in the central Sierra Nevada region within California and encompasses a total of 798,279 acres, which includes 193,027 acres of private ownership.
The Eldorado National Forest is bordered on the north by the Tahoe National Forest, on the east by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and the Humboldt-Toiyabe, and to the south by the Stanislaus National Forest. The Eldorado is within 3 - 4 hours of the San Francisco Bay Area and about 1 - 1 1/2 hours from Sacramento. It ranges in elevation from 1,000 feet in the foothills to more than 10,000 feet above sea level along the Sierra crest. The mountainous topography is broken by the steep canyons of the Mokelumne, Cosumnes, American, and Rubicon rivers. Plateaus of generally moderate relief are located between these steep canyons.
The forest is also home to 297 lakes and reservoirs (including both public and private acreage), which total 11,994 surface acres. 11 large reservoirs account for 9,000 acres. The rest are mostly small, high mountain lakes. Both the rivers and lakes provide exceptional fishing opportunities. The Eldorado National Forest provides diverse recreational opportunities to the public. The Forest offers every visitor the chance to enjoy nature and be outdoors. In addition to two popular wilderness areas (Desolation Wilderness and Mokelumne Wilderness), the forest offers more than 70-day use and overnight developed recreation facilities across the forest for the individual, families and groups.
Project Partner Websites: For more information regarding Eldorado National Forest, please Visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado/.
For more information on ACE, please visit: usaconservation.org.
Compensation: $800/wk Living Allowance. Typical work week will be 40 hrs at 8-10 hours/day, 4-5 days/week. The Participant should expect to potentially work weekends and holidays.
Professional Development allowance
Health Insurance Stipend
Opportunities to network with U.S. Forest Service field rangers and professionals.
RAP Merit Hiring Authority: After completing and meeting program requirements, interns may become eligible for the RAP merit hiring authority through a 2-year certificate of eligibility.
Housing: Provided by the USFS
Position Description: The US Forest Service, Eldorado National Forest, has need for the following critical work activities to be completed by qualified on-site personnel. Work on this project requires a recreation management background and expertise and experience with various skills unique to a fieldwork setting.
Specific Tasks Include:
- Assists with the operation and maintenance of the OHV program on the Eldorado National Forest.
- Performs minor maintenance of dispersed & developed recreation area facilities, including campgrounds and trailheads (cleans restrooms, cleans campsites, maintains fire-safe areas, paints picnic tables and bulletin boards, etc.).
- Assists in trail maintenance activities, including but not limited to brushing, tread work and logging out.
- Monitors OHV use areas to ensure they are operated, used and maintained in accordance with the recreation plan and other appropriate planning documents.
- Participates in the planning for recreation area maintenance, rehabilitation, reconstruction, and construction projects in accordance with program management goals.
- Works with volunteers to implement recreation program activities as outlined by the District Recreation Officer.
- Ensures visitors comply with rules and regulations.
- Provides guidance to volunteer staff, interpreting and adapting guidelines to fit specific volunteer roles.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- May be required to operate a chainsaw.
Qualifications: Applicants for this position should be resourceful individuals with education and/or field experience working in a Recreation Management capacity. This position requires the balancing of critical analysis with technical field expertise, along with the ability to work directly with the public in sometimes difficult scenarios.
- The opportunity is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only.
- Must have a valid driver's license and a clean driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
- Must be willing to submit to a driving record check.
- Must be 21 years or older in order to drive an agency work vehicle.
- A personal vehicle is highly suggested for off-days during the opportunity.
- Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals.
- The selected candidate is required to pass a federal criminal background check prior to beginning employment.
- Must have strong oral and written communication skills.
- Must be able to take initiative and work independently, as well as participate effectively in collaborative efforts.
- Proficient in English.
- Must be comfortable in various indoor and outdoor work environments, and in sometimes adverse weather conditions.
- Work required walking and climbing in steep, uneven terrain, performing physical labor, bending, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds or more.
- The member must be willing to represent ACE and the USFS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
**This position is subject to change/close at any time**