ACE EPIC USFS (CA): Eldorado National Forest, Lead Recreation Technician
American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Eldorado National Forest, is seeking one Lead Recreation Technician. This opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic young professional with a well-developed working background in conservation, natural resources management, wilderness management, recreation management, or a similar field. The Recreation Technician Leads should possess a passion for public land management and a professional interest in advancing their career towards natural resource management, policy, natural resources management, and/or wilderness.
The lead will serve as an advanced trainee performing work designed to prepare the incumbent for professional work assignments related to the monitoring, assessment, planning and maintenance aspects of recreation management. The member will assist in checking visitor use of recreation facilities, monitor compliance with recreation area rules and regulations of parking, campfires, sanitation, use of picnic sites, or hunting and fishing. They will act as a public representative of the Forest Service, report violations to supervisor and answers routine questions for recreational activities. This position will oversee a small team of enthusiastic and capable Recreation Technicians to complete the project objectives.
Start Date: April 13th
End Date: Approximately 18-26 weeks after start date
A minimum 18-week commitment is required, possible extension up to 26 weeks
Location: Georgetown, CA - Eldorado National Forest, Georgetown Ranger District
The Eldorado National Forest is located in the central Sierra Nevada region within California and encompasses a total of 798,279 acres, including 193,027 acres of private ownership. The ENF is bordered on the north by the Tahoe National Forest, on the east by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and the Humboldt-Toiyabe, and to the south by the Stanislaus National Forest. The Eldorado is within 3-4 hours of the San Francisco Bay Area and about 1- 1 1/2 hours from Sacramento. It ranges in elevation from 1,000 feet in the foothills to more than 10,000 feet above sea level along the Sierra crest. The mountainous topography is broken by the steep canyons of the Mokelumne, Cosumnes, American, and Rubicon rivers. Plateaus of generally moderate relief are located between these steep canyons.
The forest is also home to 297 lakes and reservoirs (including public and private acreage), which total 11,994 surface acres. 11 large reservoirs account for 9,000 acres. The rest are mostly small, high mountain lakes. Both the rivers and lakes provide excellent fishing opportunities. The Eldorado National Forest provides diverse recreational opportunities to the public. The Forest offers every visitor the chance to enjoy nature and be outdoors. In addition to two popular wilderness areas (Desolation Wilderness and Mokelumne Wilderness), the forest offers more than 70-day use and overnight developed recreation facilities across the forest for the individual, families and groups.
Project Websites: For more information regarding Eldorado National Forest, please visit the website here.
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Living Allowance: The member should anticipate serving 40 hrs/wk with potential for holidays and weekends. The Member will receive a living allowance of $650/wk for food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly.
Housing: Accommodations will be provided by the USFS at no cost to the member; housing is in typical Forest Service bunkhouse.
Performs minor maintenance of developed recreation area facilities, including campgrounds, recreation rentals and trailheads (cleans restrooms, cleans campsites, maintains fire-safe areas, paints picnic tables and bulletin boards, etc.)
Provides excellent customer service by enthusiastically answering questions, greeting and assisting visitors
Assists with tracking visitor use
Works closely with campground host volunteers and/or seasonal and permanent staff to maintain a clean and welcoming environment for visitors
Monitors campgrounds, trailheads and dispersed sites to ensure they are operated, used and maintained in accordance with the recreation plan and other appropriate planning documents
Ensures visitors comply with rules and regulations
Collects fees and assists in the management of group reservations
May assist in trail maintenance activities, including but not limited to brushing, tread work and logging out
Performs other duties as assigned
May require camping for up to two nights per week in a remote recreation area without on-site cell phone service
Applicants for this position should be resourceful individuals with education and/or field experience working in a Recreation Management capacity. This position requires a balance of critical analysis with technical field expertise, along with the ability to work directly with the public in sometimes difficult scenarios.
Chainsaw and First Aid/CPR Certification highly desired; training may be provided.
Members must exhibit strong leadership and communication skills to support a small, working team
Members must have knowledge of forestry practices and techniques to perform recreation work assignments
Members must have working knowledge of detailed recreation rules and regulations to assist Forest visitors, and to detect and report violations
Members must have demonstrated skills and knowledge of basic procedures for cleaning and maintaining recreational areas, facilities and/or trails
Members must have a high fitness level and interest in camping, with potential for backcountry work trips
Must be able to work alone and in small groups with minimal supervision, and adhere to instructions, procedure and use initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently
Experience and/or ability to learn the use of a GPS unit
Public outreach and making contacts with visitors is a key component of this role- contact is to educate visitors in recreation management and law enforcement objectives and policies, to obtain compliance with laws/regulations, to resolve problems, and to provide assistance to forest visitors. Contacts will include dealing with some persons and/or groups that may be uncooperative, hostile and who have different viewpoints
Must have cash handling experience
Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
Proficient in English
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request)
Ability to pass a federal criminal background check
ACE is a drug free workplace and reserves the right to drug test at any time
The member must be willing to represent ACE and the Forest Service in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner.
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/
Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE USFS Recruitment Specialist, Caroline Canter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 385-249-4740
American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.
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