The Cheat-Potomac Ranger District is the northeastern portal to the Monongahela National Forest (MNF). Thousands of visitors from the large metropolitan areas to our east (Washington DC, Baltimore, etc.) and north (Pittsburgh), and local residents travel past our office to such recreation areas as the Spruce Knob – Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area and Dolly Sods Wilderness. Many of these recreationists stop in either our Petersburg office or the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center (SRDC). We want to expand our volunteer recruitment and local community engagement abilities by improving information at these sites as well as on our digital outlets. We also want to build on the interpretive programming work done by past AmeriCorps members to offer excellent conservation education to our visitors and local citizens. Continuing on our hosting of a 2018-2019 AmeriCorps member will allow the Cheat-Potomac Ranger District to offer programs and improve community engagement far beyond what it would be capable of through routine staff work.
The purpose of this position is to provide public outreach, information, and education by improving volunteer and community engagement.
Major duties will include, but are not limited to:
o Creation of GIS maps and interpretive products
o Assistance with planning, development, and upgrading of interpretive signs or information kiosks
o Updating recreation portion of Monongahela National Forest website
o Create and present interpretive programs at the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center (SRDC)
o Assist with recruitment of volunteers – responding to interested people, updating recruitment posts, looking for new areas to advertise opportunities, etc.
o Implementation of volunteer trail maintenance workshops for MNF North Zone Trail Program designed by 2017-2018 AmeriCorps member.
o Assistance with volunteer management for volunteer projects on the Cheat-Potomac Ranger District during 2020 field season
o Successful applicants will typically have a bachelors degree+ in a environmentally related field and/or significant experience.
o Members must be 17 years of age or older
o good attitude
o willingness to speak to small groups
o familiarity with basic computer programs such as Microsoft Office are required
o GIS skills are very much preferred, but can also be taught onsite.
o Be able to pass nationwide criminal background checks.