Wilderness Specialist (West Virginia)

Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS)
U.S. Forest Service housing available in Seneca Rocks, WV.
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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This 2021 SAWS Wilderness Specialist (Specialist) will work with eight different federally designated wildernesses across the Monongahela National Forest. The Specialist will help the forest continue education efforts as well as analyze existing recreation site data. The Specialist will learn and become familiar with the wilderness character of each wilderness and coordinate with U.S. Forest Service staff and partners to draft a wilderness education plan for each wilderness. The Specialist will regularly engage with visitors in the field which may include wilderness ethics and Leave No Trace education, landscape orientation, safety awareness, and/or provide information about the natural environment. Lastly, the Specialist will analyze all recreation site data which will include digitizing all existing data across the forest as well as analyzing recreation site impacts to each wilderness. Throughout the season, the Specialist will continue to develop and maintain a strong, positive relationship with the U.S. Forest Service and nearby partner organizations on behalf of SAWS.
-Enthusiasm for the SAWS mission. -A shared commitment to our values. -Strong desire to learn about federally designated wilderness, wilderness character, and natural resource management. -Ability to learn quickly. -Strong organizational skills. -Strong written communication skills. -Motivated and self-starter. -Ability to complete deliverables with minimal supervision. -Proficient with Word and Excel. -Ability to travel on foot over rough terrain. -Ability to work in a remote and primitive setting. -Personable and comfortable talking to the public. -Excellent interpersonal communication skills. -Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation Additional helpful qualifications: -Knowledge of Leave No Trace principles including backcountry camp and travel practices. -Experience with the ESRI Collector and ArcGIS software. -Degree or professional experience in environmental studies, natural resources, geospatial information systems, or a related field. -Knowledge of natural resources of the region. -Knowledge or experience with wilderness character monitoring.
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Kaitlin de Varona
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