American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
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American Conservation Experience

USFS Park Ranger Trainee

Summary:

American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the El Yunque National Forest, is seeking two Park Rangers for 26 weeks to support in providing visitors with standardized information, education and interpretive services. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals with a background in natural resources, environmental education, or a closely related field, with a deep interest in jointly advancing their career goals and the stewardship goals of the United States Forest Service.

 

Start Date: Mid to late May (may have some flexibility for the right candidate)

End Date: 26 weeks after start

Location: El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico

Project Background and Objectives:

The El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rainforest in the national forest system.  At nearly 29,000 acres, it is one of the smallest in size, yet one of the most biologically diverse of the national forests hosting hundreds of animal and plant species, some of which are found only here.

For more information on the El Yunque NF, please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/elyunque/

For more information about ACE and the EPIC program, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.

Compensation:$400/ week living allowance (Stipend). Typical work week will be 8-10 hours/day, 4-5 days/week. 

AmeriCorps Education Award valued at $2,960.00 may be available upon successful completion of placement.

Housing: Members will be responsible to find their own housing.

Position Description:

Primary duties include visitor management practices, processes, methods, and procedures that include the following:

1) Informs the public of Forest Service recreation rules and regulations, traffic control, accident prevention, campground and picnic area operations, visitor information services, and miscellaneous recreation program activities.

2) Answers routine questions that require knowledge of a limited variety of facts, events, circumstances, personalities, and natural characteristics identified with the site.

3) Checks the usage and condition of public use areas, trails, group camps, and other recreation areas for safety, fire, sanitation and maintenance reasons.  Collects, compiles, and reports routine visitor and resource use statistics.

4) Assists with the visitor center's program operations by either working at the information desk or at the entrance station by dealing with questions pertaining to picnic facilities, campgrounds, visitor control, and fee collection.

5) Maintains supply of informational materials and other stock items for distribution. Distributes publications requested in telephone and mail inquiries. Collects fees and book sale monies.

6) Performs routine daily opening and closing procedures and assists with general office tasks.

7) Operates and performs minor maintenance on audiovisual equipment.

8) Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Training Provided:

Support and training will be provided by the US Forest Service, but a foundational knowledge of information services, public service, and Forest Service culture and general practices, is expected.

Project Environment:

The work consists of performing a variety of standardized tasks in support of natural resource-dependent recreational programs. This work will be performed primarily outside in varying weather conditions, with long periods of standing or walking, hiking and occasionally moderate to heavy lifting. Interested applicants should possess a high level of physical fitness.

Qualifications:

Applicants should have an interest in Natural Resources, Environmental Education, or related field, while all degrees are welcome. Candidates with Master's Degrees and an interest in a career in public lands management are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants without a college degree who have equivalent work experience, and and a desire to learn and grow professionally, are encouraged to apply. Resumes and cover letters must show detailed key project experiences.

 

Required:

  • Applicants must be US citizen or possess a green card.
  • Since this position requires driving, applicants must be 21+.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record.
    • Ability to drive an [Agency or ACE] vehicle is required for this position. ACE will conduct a driving record check upon on-boarding and the applicant  must be cleared by ACE to drive.
  • Have a foundational knowledge of established and repetitive processes, methods, and procedures relating to natural resource management and conservation as it applies to visitor management.  
  • Have a foundational knowledge of basic outdoor facilities and maintenance requirements, such as, trails, visitor centers, campgrounds, wayside exhibits, in
    • order to ensure safe, wildlife/environmental-dependent recreation opportunities for visitors.   
    • Possess basic knowledge of written and oral communication techniques to identify audiences and present information to the public in a variety of settings.
    • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision.
    • Ability to work in small teams in close/remote settings.
    • Must be able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 50 lbs.
    • Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts.
    • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals.

    Preferred:

    • Fluent in Spanish.
    • Direct experience working in field environments

    The applicant must be willing to represent ACE and the US 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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