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Position title : Volunteer & Communications Coordinator Resource Assistant
Start Date : May 23, 2019
Type of Position : Corpsmember / Intern
Town, City, Park, etc : Medicine Bow National Forest - Laramie Ranger District
State / Territory : Wyoming
United States Forest Service Resource Assistants Program (RAP) is a rigorous and immersive, paid internship for individuals interested in Forest Service careers. Resource assistants work under the supervision of Forest Service staff to complete mission-critical work that demonstrates leadership, critical thinking, and strategic communication. Through collaboration, training, and mentorship, resource assistants gain the tools to launch their natural and cultural resource careers.
RAP seeks to engage highly motivated candidates through these program objectives:
- Instill stewardship values in the next generation of natural and cultural resource management professionals;
- Expand and enhance the capacity of the Forest Service to accomplish mission-critical work and high-priority projects;
- Attract and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce to support the Forest Service’s mission to “sustain the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.”
The Volunteer & Communications Coordinator assists the Recreation staff and Communications staff with volunteer events, projects and administrative/communications duties in relation to volunteer and outreach initiatives.
- The resource assistant will perform field and office work functions in a responsible manner; typical duties include but not limited to:
- Ability to administer and execute volunteer field work days for registered program volunteers and a variety of external user groups;
- Assists the recreation staff and public affairs staff in planning, coordinating and executing various trainings for registered volunteers;
- Creates a central system to follow protocol for volunteer agreements, volunteer contact list, and email and documents volunteer and partner activities, including weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly documentation and reporting;
- Works with staff to identify opportunities for volunteers to assist with the implementation of trail maintenance, developed recreation, and recreation-public communication needs;
- Coordinates and oversees volunteer groups in the completion of recreation-based improvement projects;
- Assists in the management of documentation for projects, volunteer hours, and volunteer agreements;
- Assists recreation staff in surveying logistics of proposed projects;
- Using a digital camera, photographs projects and volunteers working to document progress.
- Using hand tools to assist in projects including installing signs, trash pickup, as decommissioning of unsustainable trails, blocking closed roads as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree; Area of specialization in environmental science, ecology, landscape architecture, park and recreation management, planning, or related discipline preferred, from an accredited college or university, or equivalent.
- Recreation experience preferred: i.e. trail skills/building, recreation site maintenance experience.
- Demonstrated strong organizational and leadership skills required.
- Previous volunteer coordination experience.
- Related recreation certificates certifications preferred (trail building, Wilderness First Responder, USFS S212 Chainsaw, Completion of professional workshops, course, or equivalent).
- Ability to walk up to three miles on unimproved surfaces while carrying up to 45 lbs. in pack weight is preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to use basic hand tools, including shovels, rakes, saws and picks.
- Must be willing and able to work flexible hours, weekends, holidays and evenings as needed.
- Regular maintenance of these tools as part of a dedicated volunteer cache required.
- Demonstrated ability to exhibit teamwork approach that recognizes contribution of all employees.
- Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others.
- Demonstrated proficiency in software programs including all Microsoft Office programs (Outlook E-mail, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), cloud-based software and smartphone/table apps.
- Demonstrated ability to express self clearly and concisely in oral and written communications.
- Self-starter, takes initiative, creative thinker, interest in learning new things and overall high performer
- Strong organizational skills
- Strong people skills and communication skills
- Ability to adapt to changing conditions and priorities
- Ability to work respectfully with a wide variety of people with diverse backgrounds and perspective
- Must have a good driving and possess a valid driver’s license
- Health insurance benefits
- Housing allowance and fully furnished apartment in Laramie.
- Generous professional development allowance
- Opportunities for paid work travel, training sessions, and conferences.
- Opportunities to network with U.S. Forest Service field rangers and professionals.
- RAP Noncompetitive Hiring Authority: After completing and meeting program requirements, interns may become eligible for the RAP noncompetitive hiring authority through a 2-year certificate of eligibility.
Full-time, 40 hrs/week
9 months: May 2019 – February 2020
Frequent weekend work required for volunteer projects; May work some weekends and evenings
Medicine Bow National Forest, Laramie Ranger District