Title: Kaibab National Forest Recreation Intern (1 position)
Start/End Date (anticipated): June 6, 2022- December 2, 2022
Living Stipend: $600/week
Term: 26 weeks
Reports To: Kevin Lehto (Recreation Staff Officer)
Location: Williams Ranger District, 742 Clover Road, Williams, AZ 86046
Status: 900-hour AmeriCorps Service Term, full-time, temporary
Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award of $3,172.50; Public Lands Corps Certificate*; both with successful completion of the service term. Health insurance eligible through The Corps Network.
*To be eligible for a Public Lands Corps certificate, members must be between the ages of 18-30, inclusive, at the time the member begins their term of service.
Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC):
Arizona Conservation Corps, a program of Conservation Legacy, aims to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's. AZCC is focused on connecting youth, young adults, and recent era military veterans with conservation service work projects on public lands. AZCC operates programs across Arizona that engage individuals and strengthen communities through service and conservation. AZCC has program offices in Flagstaff and Tucson.
Kaibab National Forest:
The Kaibab NF is one of six national forests in Arizona. It covers 1.6 million acres and is broken into three geographically separate ranger districts: the North Kaibab Ranger District lies north of Grand Canyon National Park, the Tusayan Ranger District is south of Grand Canyon National Park, and the Williams Ranger District is southernmost, separated from the Tusayan Ranger District by private and Arizona State lands. From the high-elevation lands of the Kaibab Plateau on the North Kaibab Ranger District to the rolling hills and open country of the Tusayan Ranger District, to the scattered cinder cones and canyons of the Williams Ranger District, the Kaibab NF includes wide variations in landscape, vegetation, and wildlife. Because of this, the Kaibab provides unique resources and recreation opportunities that attract a wide spectrum of forest users.
The Kaibab National Forest is providing an opportunity for one qualified individual to serve as a Recreation Intern with the Williams Ranger District, where they will focus on providing quality recreation opportunities for the recreating public. The selected intern will serve the local community and visiting public and that ensure visitors have access to safe, clean, and positive recreational opportunities on the Kaibab National Forest. Working with the Recreation Program staff, the intern will ensure that recreation sites are maintained and improved, and that reporting is completed for recreation sites. The intern will interact positively with visitors, and will provide education on important forest information, rules, and regulations to ensure quality recreation experiences. The position will often function in a crew setting, but frequently work independently, and will also help lead volunteers in basic tasks. The intern will also have opportunities to engage with other Forest Service departments such as Timber and Forest Management, Wildlife and Botany monitoring and survey, Special Use Permit monitoring, and Fire Prevention and Education. This exposure will offer opportunities to explore careers with professionals in several different departments in the Forest Service.
Essential Responsibilities and Functions:
• Perform routine maintenance, construction, and cleaning of recreation sites including day use areas, campgrounds and cabins, using a variety of tools.
• Complete reports on maintenance and improvement projects completed at recreation sites.
• Patrol recreation sites and high-use dispersed recreation areas.
• Initiate contact with forest visitors and public, provide education and Good Host Messaging.
• Keep public contact records and pass major issues on to supervisors.
• Help lead volunteers in basic tasks.
• Perform kiosk and visitor information sign maintenance.
• Assist with fence construction and maintenance.
• Assist with development of larger improvement projects.
• Interest in recreation, natural resources, or a related field.
• A self-starter that can easily work as a team or alone.
• Demonstrate professionalism, both in demeanor and appearance.
• Applicants must pass a criminal history background check and possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.
• Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of employment and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting.
• Flexibility and willingness to learn.
• Experience working with and engaging with visitors and customers.
• Previous experience with public lands agencies.
• To successfully perform essential functions, the individual is required to sit, stand, walk, speak, hear, etc. May be required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl for significant periods of time and be able to safely lift 50 pounds on a routine basis.
• Ability to hike and work in extreme weather/heat, uneven terrain, and poorly maintained roads and trails.
• Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements:
Participation and Expedition Behavior:
• Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences.
• Contribute to a safe learning environment, no harassment of others for any reason.
• Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training, and national service. Members must commit to participating in all agency/team activities, including service days in local communities where applicable.
• Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues, and organization staff.
• Appropriately represent the Arizona Conservation Corps, Kaibab National Forest, and AmeriCorps to the public and partners at all times.
• Learn and practice ‘Leave no Trace’ outdoor living techniques.
Safety and Judgment:
• Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. Must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds.
• Effectively perceive, understand, and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute techniques to manage hazards.
• Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
• Respond appropriately to stress or crises.
• If taking prescriptions medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.
• In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property.
Please submit an online application along with your resume and cover letter at https://azcorps.org/ip-positions. If you have questions, contact AZCC’s Individual Placement Coordinator, Preston Sands, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Arizona Conservation Corps, please visit www.azcorps.org. Arizona Conservation Corps is a program of Conservation Legacy.