Internship – Recreation Technician/Park Ranger: New Mexico

Conservation Corps New Mexico
Taos, NM
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Living Stipend: $550/week; Additional Housing Allowance $200/week
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Start/End Date: May 2023 – March 2024 (anticipated) Stipend: $550/week Term: 48 weeks Reports To: Bureau of Land Management – Taos Field Office Location: Taos, NM 87571 Status: 1700-hour AmeriCorps Service Term, 40 hours/week Benefits: Housing allowance $200/week; AmeriCorps Education Award $6,495, Public Lands Corps Certificate*; both with successful completion of individual placement; The Corps Network health insurance provided by Cigna, AmeriCorps childcare assistance; Professional development funds totaling $1,000. Conservation Corps New Mexico (CCNM): Conservation Corps New Mexico, a program of Conservation Legacy, aims to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's. CCNM is focused on connecting youth, young adults, and recent era military veterans with conservation service work projects on public lands. CCNM operates programs across southern New Mexico and western Texas that engage individuals and strengthen communities through service and conservation. CCNM has a program office in Las Cruces. Position Summary: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages public lands to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Recreation Program manages public lands for enhanced recreation experiences and quality of life, encourages sustainable travel and tourism development, ensures public health and safety, improves and maintains the condition and accessibility of recreation sites and facilities, enhances visitor services including interpretive information and education, and encourages partnerships, volunteers, and citizen-centered public service. Recreation staff plan, implement, monitor, and maintain recreation areas and facilities to ensure that the public can safely and sustainably enjoy our public lands. This individual will work closely with BLM recreation staff to monitor visitation in busy recreation sites and build awareness of the area rules and regulations and interpret resources. The primary focus of the individual will be to assist the recreation program in providing visitor services at the Wild Rivers Recreation Area Taos Field Office. The incumbent will help educate visitors, perform maintenance in recreation areas, and be a presence to build awareness of rules and regulations across various sites and facilities on BLM-managed land. This individual will also help educate visitors on Leave No Trace principles and ethics. Additionally, the individual may connect with local and regional community partners through volunteer events, trail workdays, and collaborative trainings. Work may involve early morning hours, late afternoon hours, and might occasionally be expected to work holidays and weekends. A standard BLM uniform may be provided to wear while performing patrol and public contact duties. The intern must possess a valid driver’s license to operate government vehicles and equipment. Essential Responsibilities and Functions: Park Ranger Tasks • Provide and develop interpretive programming to the general public. • Provide and develop interpretive media to the general public. • Assist visitors and monitor visitation with vehicle counters in developed and undeveloped/dispersed sites. • Assist with sign design, installation, removal, and replacement. • May provide assistance with development of maps and other orientation materials. • May assist with trail maintenance, construction, and vegetative restoration. • Develop skills as a general Park Ranger and patrol in recreation areas o Represent the BLM in a professional attitude and appearance o Show respect to visitors and provide information as needed o Become proficient at identifying issues that need attentions such as missing signs, trash, and resource damage o May collect fees from the field and assist with counting fees for deposit • Learn how to implement recreation area maintenance and operation plans, including with youth corps service member and volunteer groups o Check trails, signs, and roads for maintenance needs o Assist on work projects and ensure volunteers complete work safely and effectively o Assist with maintaining trails, complete area clean ups, install fencing/kiosks, and rehabilitate closed areas.
Minimum Qualifications: • High School Diploma or GED • Driver’s License • U.S. Citizenship *Per grant funding and to be eligible for a Public Lands Corps certificate, interns must be between the ages of 18 – 30 inclusive (35 if a veteran), at the time the individual begins the term of service. Desired Skills/Qualifications: • Hold a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources or related field. • Clean driving records and comfortable with navigating 4x4 roads (training provided) • Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office tools. • Ability to use and/or learn ArcGIS for basic navigating and map view or maps would be beneficial. • Ability to hike long distances over rough terrain and able to operate OHVs (training provided) • Ability to work somewhat independently in initiating, developing, or modifying work methods • Ability to provide clear information or data both orally and in writing, in order to provide advice and guidance to supervisors, co-workers, and the public. • Ability and knowledge to use basic tools for digging post holes, replacing damaged signs, and similar tasks • Spanish language skills would be beneficial. Training Provided: • Collection officer training • Defensive Driving • First Aid and CPR • Leave No Trace (if available) • Basic Safety • Other program training may be available as interested
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