American Conservation Experience
USFS Visitor Information Services (VIS) Assistant
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."
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 a Visitor Information Services (VIS) Assistant. 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 VIS Assistant 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 Georgetown Ranger Districts
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.
$580/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.
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 and/or natural resource background and expertise and experience with various skills unique to a visitor center setting.
Specific Tasks Include:
Provides excellent customer service by enthusiastically answering questions, greeting and assisting visitors.
Works closely with recreation staff, seasonal and other permanent staff to provide current and accurate information with a welcoming environment for visitors.
Inform visitors of rules and regulations, safety risks and recreational opportunities.
Evaluates public inquiries in order to provide the most useful and appropriate information or to suggest other options or redirect caller to the appropriate District staff.
Assists with tracking visitor use.
Respond to radio traffic in support of District personnel.
Administrative work including computer programs, paperwork, filing, answering multi-line phones, cleaning and organization at the Visitor Information desk.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Serves as Collection Officer to sell forest timber permits, and other items, such as maps and passes, in accordance with Forest Service manual and handbook requirements.
Performs other duties as assigned.
This position requires the balancing of critical thinking with customer service 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 primarily in an indoor work environment.
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**
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section, located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here: https://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/
Early consideration will be given as applications are received. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE USFS Recruitment Specialist Celia Demers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.