Title: Trails & Wilderness Resource Assistant-Prescott National Forest (1 position)
Start/End Date: October 4, 2021 – April 1, 2022 (anticipated)
Wage: $12.50/hour, non-exempt, Full-Time (40 hrs/week).
Term: 26 weeks
Reports To: Jason Williams (USFS Trails & Wilderness)
Location: Prescott, AZ – Prescott National Forest- Willow Work Center (4000 Katahn Drive, Prescott, AZ 86305)
• Federal holidays plus 5 additional days PTO.
• Health insurance eligible.
• Monthly housing allowance ($1,000/month), monthly commuting allowance (if eligible), professional development funds (up to $2,750).
• Two-year certificate of noncompetitive hiring eligibility and Direct Hiring Authority (DHA) through the USFS Resource Assistant Program (RAP)*
• Hands on learning and job training experience.
• Mentorship for career and professional development.
Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC) is partnering with Prescott National Forest to provide a 26-week paid, professional Resource Assistant opportunity as a Trails & Wilderness Resource Assistant. The selected Resource Assistant (RA) will engage in the Forest’s complex trail and volunteer management objectives, which will include trail management, design, construction, and maintenance. The RA will participate in trail construction, maintenance, obliteration and other resource conservation projects related to trails and recreation-related impacts to Forest lands. The RA will lead volunteer projects focused on completing maintenance of existing trails and will develop hand tool and cross cut saw skills. The RA may be required to travel and work in backcountry and other remote locations on the Forest, both independently and in teams. The RA will participate in field work and administrative work in an office setting and should be prepared for daily hiking as required. No housing is available for this position.
The RA will also have opportunities to work with and/or shadow other Forest program areas such as Wildlife, Botany, Hydrology and Soils, Timber resources, Recreation management, Fire and Fuels management, Geographic Information Systems, Law Enforcement & Investigations, Engineering, Roads, Facilities, etc.
Arizona Conservation Corps and Prescott National Forest are committed to creating a diverse environment and diverse applicants with relevant education or experience are encouraged to apply.
All tasks will have COVID-19 mitigation strategies to reduce the spread in the local community. The intern must be willing to adhere to current CDC standards, in addition to USFS/Prescott National Forest and Conservation Legacy COVID-19 Policies and Procedures.
Essential Responsibilities and Functions:
• Work closely with the trails volunteer coordinator to facilitate weekly volunteer events with the goal of learning to independently facilitate these events safely when needed.
• Participate in trail maintenance/construction, obliteration and other resource conservation projects related to trails and recreation related impacts to forest lands.
• Provide information and details to the public about the areas' cultural and natural resources and provide insight and guidelines to the forest’s recreation opportunities.
• Perform other duties as assigned to gain exposure to the work of the USDA Forest Service.
• College/graduate student working towards a degree in natural resources, recreation or wilderness management or a recent graduate with a degree in similar fields.
• Effective communication skills with all ages and diverse audiences.
• Ability to work both independently and with others collaboratively on projects.
• Deep interest in natural resource management/recreation and respect for nature.
• A desire to gain a deeper understanding and relationship with wilderness areas and understand what it takes to manage our country's most revered natural place.
• Experience and knowledge of outdoor recreation and environmental education and working with the public.
• Applicants are expected to be highly motivated and willing and able to perform assigned duties with little direct supervision.
• Applicants must pass a criminal history background check and should possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record. Ability to provide documentation for driving USFS vehicles.
• Must provide personal transportation to and from office.
• Knowledge and understanding of natural resource management.
• Knowledge and ability utilizing GIS/GPS equipment in the field.
• Experience with 4x4 driving.
• Experience with trail construction/trail design, and restoration.
• Previous experience working on backcountry crews/conservation programs.
• First Aid or Wilderness First Aid certified, Bloodborne Pathogens Certification.
• Knowledge/understanding of Leave No Trace Principals.
• Experience working with volunteers in a resource management context.
• 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.
• Must be able to carry and lift up to 50 pounds and work on steep and rough terrain in a backcountry setting.
• The work requires walking and climbing in steep, uneven terrain, exposure to adverse weather and insects, performing physical labor. Work is performed outdoors where there is exposure to extremes of weather and temperature, in both established administrative areas and wilderness areas.
• Ability to remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries.
• Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Participation and Expedition Behavior:
• Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of others for any reason.
• Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions.
• Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program.
• Appropriately represent Arizona Conservation Corps and the U.S. Forest Service at all times, including properly wearing the agency uniform.
Safety and Judgement:
• Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of dangers others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury, or need of 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.
• Assigned duties will require the use of safety equipment such as tools, gloves, goggles, face cover and face shield, and hard hat.
• Effectively perceive, understand and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to manage hazards. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during exposure to the hazard. Ability to respond appropriately to stress or crisis that may arise.
• Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
• If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.
• Learn, practice, and communicate “Leave No Trace” techniques.
• In accordance with a drug-free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in work activities and while on organization and partner agency property.
*The USFS Resource Assistant Program (RAP) is a rigorous, immersive, paid internship providing developmental and training opportunities for individuals interested in learning more about Forest Service careers. After completing a minimum of 960 hours of satisfactory work and an associate degree, RA’s may acquire a two-year certificate of noncompetitive hiring eligibility. The certificate enables participants to apply to internal merit announcements for qualifying permanent General Schedule FS positions.
To Apply: Please submit an updated resume, a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and why you would be a good match, and three professional references along with the online application at https://azcorps.org/ip-positions .
For more information on the USFS Prescott National Forest, please visit their website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott.
For more information about Arizona Conservation Corps, please visit www.azcorps.org. Arizona Conservation Corps is a program of Conservation Legacy.