Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Mule Deer Foundation and Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests based in Norwood, Co, is seeking a Forestry Program Assistant for 8-10 weeks to assist the Norwood Ranger District in a variety of work to assist the forestry and wildlife programs.
This opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic young professional with a well-developed working background in conservation, natural resources management, wilderness management, recreation management, or a similar field. The applicant should possess a passion for public land management and a professional interest in advancing their career towards natural resource management.
Start Date: September
End Date: 8-10 weeks after start date
Location: Norwood, CO (Norwood Ranger District)
Project Background and Objectives: For more information on the Mule Deer Foundation, visit: https://muledeer.org/
For more information on Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison NF, please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/gmug/
For more information about ACE and the EPIC program, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are a combination of separate National Forests located on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies. These three forests combined cover almost 3 million acres of National Forest System land in the central and southern Rocky Mountains, an area that lies south of the Colorado River and west of the Continental Divide with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Rockies.
The Forests vary in elevation from 5,800 feet above sea level in Roubideau Creek Canyon to 14,309 feet on Uncompahgre Peak. The Forests include spectacular features like the 355 foot high Bridal Veil falls; the Grand Mesa with over 300 lakes, one of the world's largest flat top mountains; and the Alpine Tunnel, once the highest railroad tunnel in North America.
Compensation: The members should anticipate serving 40 hours/wk. and will receive a gross pay (before tax) of $450/wk., depending on experience, for food, housing, and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly.
Housing: Housing may be provided in US Forest Service bunk-housing.
Project Overview: The Forestry Program Assistant will have the opportunity to serve and assist Mule Deer Foundation initiatives in timber sale contract administration and forestry program support. The intern will assist MDF representatives primarily in timber sale/project contract inspection and monitoring but may also act as support to a variety of forestry program needs.
Program Objectives Include:
- Complete project inspections independently (with training).
- Monitor and provide written reports and photos.
- Complete area determination for inspection and invoicing.
- Act as Stewardship Agreement Representative for MDF, when needed.
- Brings to the attention, to responsible individuals, situations on the ground that are inconsistent with guidelines.
- Traverses harvest unit boundaries, road locations, and determines area.
- Planning, decisions, and judgments made in this position affect long term timber management activities, other resources, and the forest health agreement/contract. Accuracy of the work affects the quality of residual resource values such as timber stands, visual quality, water quality, and all resources related to timber harvest.
Training: Applicant will receive job training from a resource specialists in various fields, namely Forestry. Though on the ground training will be provided for a majority of the required tasks outlined above, it is expected that the member comes into this position with a foundational understanding of each project objective.
Qualifications: Applicants should have degree in Forestry or Environmental Science, or a closely related field. Candidates with Master's Degrees and an interest in a career in public lands management are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates without a Forestry degree will be considered if they show the potential or experience to fulfill management objectives. Resumes and cover letters must show detailed key project experiences.
- Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision.
- Must be able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 30 lbs.
- Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts.
- Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals.
- Members must be US citizen or possess a green card.
- Must be 21 in order to drive per ACE insurance policy.
- Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.
**This position is subject to change/close at any time**