In cooperation with the U.S. Forest Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting two (2) Wilderness Patrol/Visitor Outreach Technicians. The Technician will patrol wilderness trails, engage the public, check for compliance of wilderness regulations, and provide Leave No Trace messages in wilderness areas. In addition, the Technician will conduct trail and campsite maintenance and assist with leading high school students in wilderness restoration projects. Overnight backpack trips are required and may last anywhere from 3 to 5 days at a time. The ideal candidate for this position will possess a demonstrated true love for wilderness, Tahoe Sierra ecology and species, a desire to spend time in the wilderness and a strong capacity to share these loves with the public.
Timeline & Compensation:
• 9-week appointment beginning June 25, 2018 (or upon earliest availability)
• Living allowance: $4,379.20
• AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,230.69
• Field per diem of $15.00/night when camping
The Technician will be based in South Lake Tahoe, CA and will report to the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Supervisor’s Office.
o A combination of educational and/or field experiences related to public land or wilderness management, recreation or other natural resource filed;
o Experience recreating or working in the wilderness or backcountry, including knowledge and proficiency in backcountry travel;
o Experience implementing field data collection protocols accurately and completely;
o Prior experience with wilderness regulations and restoration work desirable but not required;
o Experience working with hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and data collection; and
o Experience summarizing data and field experiences in written format.
o Possess a valid, state-issued drivers license and clean driving record;
o First aid and Leave No Trace certification desirable but not required;
o Knowledge of Sierra Nevada flora, fauna and ecosystems helpful;
o Ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals;
o Excellent interpersonal, personality management and communications skills.
o Possess good organizational skills;
o Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, be very physically fit and able to carry upwards of 50-70 pounds in a backpack;
o Comfortable in very remote settings with experience in backcountry situations for several days and a willingness to camp in remote, improved and unimproved wilderness areas; and
o 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.
How to Apply:
Qualified and interested applicants can apply directly through our online portal
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This AmeriCorps position is made possible by a generous grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service.