American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • US Forest Service
  • Roseburg, OR, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

American Conservation Experience
USFS Recreation Monitoring and Management

Summary:  

American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Umpqua National Forest, is seeking one Recreation Monitoring and Management member, to dedicate 16 weeks to the monitoring of visitor use and overall condition of recreational facilities associated with the PacifiCorps North Umpqua Hydroelectric Project (FERC #1927) located on the Diamond Lake Ranger District. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a background in recreation management, ecology, natural resource, conservation, environmental education, or a closely related field, with an interest in advancing their career goals by further developing this dynamic program.

Start Date: June, 2019 (12-week minimum commitment is required)

End Date: 12-16 weeks after start

Location: Diamond Lake Ranger District/ Office location, Toketee Lake, OR

The Umpqua National Forest covers nearly one million acres along the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains in Southwest Oregon. The Forest encompasses a diverse area of sparkling rivers and lakes, deep canyons, and rugged mountains up to 9,200 feet in elevation. The Umpqua produces a wealth of water resources, timber, wildlife, fish, minerals, and outdoor recreation opportunities. Included within the Forest are the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River, a portion of the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, Boulder Creek wilderness, Mt. Thielsen Wilderness, Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness, the Oregon Cascades Recreation Area, the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, and the North Umpqua Hydroelectric project.  Under the supervision of the Forest Service Recreation Planner, the individual will monitor visitor use as well as assist FS employees with campground maintenance duties.

The Diamond Lake District office is located at 2020 Toketee Ranger Station Rd, Idleyld Park, OR 97447. However, the physical location of the office is at Toketee Lake, Oregon, a remote housing community; with no services located approximately 62 miles east of Roseburg, OR, the nearest full service community of about 23,000 people.

Project Background and Objectives:

The individual selected for this position will perform a variety of technical work in support of the Recreation program. The objective of the PLC Individual Placement Program is to provide meaningful work experiences for youth while also providing a benefit to public land resources or users. The Individual will gain job skills related to the management of public lands by working with land managers on various projects. Participants will be instilled with an appreciation of natural resources, the benefits of cooperation, hard work and a sense of accomplishment with an emphasis on a sound work ethic that will supplement their other educational opportunities.

For more information on the Umpqua National Forest please visit their website at:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua/

For more information about ACE, please visit www.usaconservation.org.

Compensation:  

$200/week living stipend. Additionally, the ability to earn $1,566.14 through an AmeriCorps Education Award after successfully completing the entire term of service and its requirements. Individuals are expected to work 40 hrs/week. Hours are flexible (with starting times ranging from 6am-8am), weekend work is to be expected.

Housing: Provided by Forest Service, bunkhouse accommodations, no pets allowed.  

Position Description:  

The individual will assist Forest Service personnel with monitoring of recreation sites (both developed and primitive) associated with the North Umpqua Hydroelectric project. This includes the use of on-site visitor counts and traffic counters. They will also assist in educating the public about campground rules, campsite impacts, and Leave No Trace (LNT) principles.

In addition to monitoring, the individual will assist Forest Service personnel with site maintenance which includes litter patrol, cleaning of fire pits, vegetation removal, and other small projects, as needed. Work is reviewed for technical adequacy and soundness, and accomplishment of overall objectives.

Training Provided:

Participants will receive government issued driver training. Also, the potential for additional on the job opportunities in professional development may become available.

Project Environment:

Work is predominantly an outdoor position, 90% of the time will be spent in the field. The remaining 10% of the time will be spent in an indoor setting (e.g. training, etc.). The climate is generally moderate, with temperatures averaging 75 to 95 degrees during the summer months. Proper personal protective gear, such as heavy duty boots, long pants, and long sleeved shirts are required for days involving field work. Walking, digging holes, posting signs, and other general maintenance requirements may be required. Extensive bending, stooping, kneeling and lifting up to 50 pounds is required.

Primary duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Gather visitor counts and recreation site facility information to enter data into database
  • Use GPS/GIS to complete inventories for recreation sites
  • Maintain recreation sites to standard using tools such as garbage pickers, toilet brushes, hand saws, shovels, pulaskis, mcleods, and other tools related to recreation site maintenance
  • Provide excellent customer service by answering public's questions on campground regulations, LNT ethics, and nearby recreational attractions.
  • Participate in the Field Ranger program, providing environmental education and interpretive programs to the recreating public at the Diamond Lake Amphitheatre for Saturday Evening programs.
  • Potential to assist with other projects in programs such as botany and wildlife.

Qualifications:  

This position requires the applicant to have a background in recreation management, ecology, natural resources, conservation, environmental education, or closely related disciplines appropriate to the position, or a combination of education and experience/ courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the individual placement announcement.

Required:

  • Applicants must be US citizen or possess a green card.
  • Applicants must be 21 30 years of age, or 21 - 35 if a veteran.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check.
  • Applicants must have a valid driver's license and clean driving record.
  • Applicants must be able to pass a federal background check and obtain a Forest Service driver's license.
  • Applicants must have the physical ability to work outdoors with a variety of hand tools including shovels, rakes, loppers, power tools, etc.
  • Personal reliable transportation is required as the duty station is considered remote.
  • Applicants are expected to be highly motivated and, on occasion, can perform assigned duties with little direct supervision.
  • Applicant must have a high a high fitness level and an interest in camping, with potential for backcountry work trips.
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work in small teams in close/remote settings (teams of 3).
  • Applicants must be able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 50 lbs.
  • Applicants must take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts.
  • Applicants must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals.

Preferred:

  • Prior data collection/visitor monitoring/recreation maintenance experience is desirable.

The individual chosen must be willing to represent ACE and the Forest Service in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner.  

**This position is subject to change/close at any time**

To Apply: 

Please submit a resume, cover letter and 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section, located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here: https://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/

Note: 

Early consideration will be given as applications are received. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE USFS Recruitment Specialist Celia Demers cdemers@usaconservation.org.

 

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