Dispersed Recreation Technician: The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the United States Forest Service (Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, managed by Gifford Pinchot National Forest)
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the United States Forest Service (Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, managed by Gifford Pinchot National Forest), is recruiting 2 Dispersed Recreation Technicians to participate in naturalizing and maintaining roadside and backcountry sites, collecting data and communicating with visitors, and recreation site monitoring.
Dispersed recreation are activities that take place outside of developed camping or concessionaire-operated facilities, excluding motorized recreation. This may include dispersed camping in designated sites or corridors that lack substantial improvements.
Dispersed recreation activities are diverse and include scenic driving, hiking, bird watching, hunting, fishing, boating, water-play, mountain-biking, horseback riding, and overnight camping that do not detract from the natural character of the forest, impact resources such as aesthetics, soils, water, vegetation, and wildlife, or contribute to user conflicts.
The Forest-wide dispersed recreation goal is that sites are small, evidence of human waste and litter is minimal, and resource damage is minimal. Where resource damage has occurred, especially in high traffic locations, sites are rehabilitated to reduce impacts and discourage expansion of impacts.
• Cleaning both roadside and/or backcountry dispersed sites. Naturalizing sites where necessary to control use and prevent resource damage. Installing and maintaining site signs, information boards, travel signs, regulatory signs and other signs associated with recreation sites, travel management and safety.
• Patrolling management unit to collect use data, identify or correct unsafe conditions, answer visitor inquiries, prevent vandalism and other anti-social behavior, gather current information regarding recreation opportunities, and prevent theft of Forest resources and their destruction resulting from carelessness with vehicles or fire.
• Completing campsite, river corridor, and recreation site monitoring using latest technology.
• Providing public information and interpretive services, including detailed information concerning recreational opportunities. Educating users on potential resource damage caused by illegal use.
• Technicians may participate in developed recreation program maintenance and operations as opportunities present themselves.
• Other duties as assigned, including general support to Field Ranger and Conservation Education programs, including public contact and interpretive programming.
At 8:32 Sunday morning, May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted. Within a few moments, nearly 150 square miles of forest was blown over or left dead and standing. Fifty seven lives were lost and the ensuing 9-hour eruption left a dramatically changed landscape.
In 1982, the President and Congress created the 110,000-acre National Volcanic Monument to be managed by the Forest Service for research, recreation, education, protecting local communities, and allowing natural processes to unfold. In addition to the legislated Monument, Mount St. Helens administrative unit also includes general forest areas. These areas are primarily to the south and east of the Monument, and are where the majority of dispersed recreation activities occur.
Today, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument contains many popular trailheads, waterfalls, lakes, forests, and lava tubes, managed by the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
• Total Living Allowance: up to $5,170.00 (Approximately $795.38 biweekly before taxes)
• Segal AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,678.57 (Upon successful completion, the award may be used for past, present or future educational expenses, including payment of qualifying federal student loans and Title IV accredited college tuition.)
• Onsite housing provided at no cost
• Medical, dental, and vision insurance available at no cost
• 13-week appointment beginning August 1, 2022
• Full time (40 hours/week)
• Related degree or coursework in Recreation, Natural Resource Management, Education/Interpretation or comparable field;
• Strong interest in resource management;
• Experience/familiarity with field work and data collection;
• GPS/GIS skills, desired.
• Demonstrated experience and comfort with public speaking and communicating with diverse audiences;
• Comfortable living onsite in shared housing;
• Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record; and
• Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.