Trails/Wilderness/OHV Resource Assistant

Website Coconino National Forest

Start Date: February 6, 2023 (32-52 weeks)

Compensation: $750per week + $1,000 monthly for housing

Medical Insurance Included

Application Due: November 30, 2022

The Resource Assistants Program seeks to engage ethnically and racially diverse young professionals in natural resource careers.

Must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

All interns must be fully vaccinated for covid-19 prior to the start of their internship.

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Position Details
The USFS Resource Assistant Program provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Participants work with federal agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofits building institutional capacity, developing community relationships, and supporting ecosystem health. Resource Assistant Program and the Coconino National Forest will provide a minimum 32-week paid, professional Resource Assistant opportunity as a Trails/Wilderness/OHV Resource Assistant. The selected Resource Assistant (RA) will engage in Forest’s complex motorized and non-motorized trail and volunteer management objectives, which will include trail management, design, construction, and maintenance. The RA will participate in trail/road construction, maintenance, obliteration, and other resource conservation projects related to trails and recreation-related impacts on Forest lands. The RA
will lead volunteer projects focused on completing the maintenance of existing trails and will develop hand tools and crosscut saw skills. The RA may be required to travel and work in the backcountry and other remote locations in the Forest, both independently and in teams. The RA will participate in fieldwork and administrative work in an office setting and should be prepared for daily hiking as required. 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.

Coconino National Forest is 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/Coconino National Forest COVID-19 Policies and Procedures. Essential Responsibilities and Functions:
 Work closely with the trails/OHV volunteer coordinator to facilitate weekly volunteer events
with the goal of learning to independently facilitate these events safely when needed.
 Participate in trail/road maintenance/construction, obliteration, and other resource
conservation projects related to trails and recreation-related impacts on forest lands.
 Provide information and details to the public about the area ' cultural and natural resources and
provide insight and guidelines for the forest’s recreation opportunities.
 Perform other duties as assigned to gain exposure to the work of the USDA Forest Service.
Required Skills:

Minimum Qualifications:
 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 the office.

Preferred Qualifications:
 Knowledge and understanding of natural resource management.
 Knowledge and ability utilizing GIS/GPS equipment in the field.
 Experience with 4×4 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.

Physical Requirements:
 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, and 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 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 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 for 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 a hard hat.
 Effectively perceive, understand and follow directions 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.

Environmental Ethics:
 Learn, practice, and communicate “Leave No Trace” techniques. Substance Free:
 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.
 **Housing may available for this position.

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