In cooperation with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Mountain City-Jarbidge-Ruby Mountains and Santa Rosa Ranger Districts, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting two (2) Wilderness Rangers. The Rangers will address wilderness boundary incursions in all associated Wilderness areas, implement wilderness education plans, and patrol wilderness trails implementing identified maintenance actions. In addition, the Rangers will engage the public and provide interpretation, support and Leave No Trace messages when necessary.
Wilderness Rangers often make public contacts to educate visitors about forest rules and regulations as well as to provide information and answer questions. Work will be accomplished in remote settings both on and off-trail, so a focus on personal as well co-worker safety is essential. Travel is usually on foot often and above 8000’ elevations, carrying a backpack that contains personal gear as well as work supplies and tools. Fifty pound loads plus tools would be considered average. Overnight stays involve camping in a tent in a remote backcountry setting. Overnight backpack trips are required and may last anywhere from 3 to 8 days at a time. The ideal candidate for this position will possess a demonstrated true love for wilderness and a desire to spend time there, as well as a desire to spend time in the wilderness and an enjoyment of sharing wilderness expertise with the public.
For more information on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest please review the forest fact sheet. For more information on the Mountain City-Jarbidge-Ruby Mountains and Santa Rosa Ranger Districts, please visit the forest visitor guide.
College Credit, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Student loan forbearance, Training
Upon successful completion of your term you will be given access to your Segal Education award which can be used for Title IV university/college tuition or to pay for federal student loans. The education award is only considered taxable income on the day you use the award.
• 6 month (900 hour) AmeriCorps service term: $2,960
For every day you work in the field with us you will receive $15/day. This is in addition to your Living Allowance and on average is $120.00 biweekly. Field teams typically combine per diem funds and shop/prepare meals as a team.
• First Aid & CPR certification
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
o A combination of educational and/or field experiences related to public land or wilderness management, recreation or other natural resource filed;
o Experience recreating or working in the wilderness or backcountry, including knowledge and proficiency in backcountry travel;
o Experience implementing field data collection protocols accurately and completely;
o Prior experience with wilderness inventory and monitoring protocols, desirable but not required;
o Experience working with hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and data collection;
o Possess a valid, state-issued drivers license and clean driving record;
o Experience operating 4WD trucks on and off paved roads setting, including narrow, mountain forest roads;
o Experience with equipment maintenance such as cross cut saws and other tools desirable but not required;
o First aid, Wilderness First Responder (WFR), or Leave No Trace training/certification, desirable but not required;
o Ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals;
o Effectively communicate orally or in writing with a diverse public;
o Possess good organizational skills;
o Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, be very physically fit and able to carry upwards of 50-70 pounds in a backpack;
o Comfortable in very remote settings with experience in backcountry situations for several days and a willingness to camp in remote, improved and unimproved wilderness areas; and
o Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime, or equivalent of two full-time terms of service), and (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.
Uniforms provided and required
Subject to criminal background check
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