| Location: Unity, ME Category: Support Staff Posted On: Thu Jan 12 2017 Job Description: |
The USDA Forest Service and Unity College in Maine have a strong tradition in collaboration and partnership. This internship position is a result of formal partnership between Unity College and the White Mountain National Forest Service (WMNF). Interns will be employed by Unity College with grant funding provided by the WMNF. All work will be completed onsite within the WMNF. Intern hiring, oversight and supervision will be provided by WMNF staff, while administrative aspects (i.e. application paperwork, timesheets, paychecks, accident reports, etc.) will be coordinated by Unity College. This position is available only to Unity College students seeking academic credit.
A similar program existed in the late 1990's and was recently reinstated in 2013 by two alum; one working for the WMNF and the other for Unity College. They acknowledged a mutual interest/opportunity in the management of public lands in northern New England. The WMNF contains nearly 800,000 acres of land and receives heavy recreation-related visitation but there is currently a staffing shortage due to fiscal constraints. Unity College's mission to foster the development of dedicated students with a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources aligns with the mission of the Forest Service. The College utilizes the WMNF as an outdoor classroom for instruction, as a recreation destination for students and staff, and as a source of employment for alumni and students.
May 15-Aug 5 (12 weeks)
Recreation Management Interns will work alongside WMNF seasonal and permanent staff to accomplish tasks related to recreation management, education and outreach. Uniforms will be provided by WMNF.
Specific Job Duties:
Students will serve in positions that focus on multiple-use public land management in areas related to recreation management and visitor education. Work will be conducted out of one of the WMNF's three ranger districts with opportunities to experience the other districts. Positions include extensive hiking in rugged mountainous terrain in all weather and environmental conditions.
- Provide services directly to WMNF visitors through face-to-face contact while promoting Leave-No-Trace principles
- Perform maintenance /reconstruction on foot trails, bridges and signs
- Perform maintenance on backcountry shelters, cabins, and campsites (including privy systems)
- Conduct public outreach related to safe and responsible backcountry travel, regional resources, wildlife safety and trail conditions
- Compile field data and conduct monitoring to support future management decisions
- Become familiar with Forest regulations and implement educational approaches to sharing this information with visitors. Assist Forest Protection Officers and Law Enforcement Officers in low risk situations.
- Applicants must be a currently enrolled student at Unity College. Students in all relevant degree programs will be considered.
- Applicants must be completing this internship for academic credit.
- Applicants must have a valid driver's license.
- Experience traveling in backcountry settings (i.e. hiking/backpacking) is recommended and applicants must be comfortable working in remote locations.
- Must be able to carry a backpack with tools and/or overnight gear, and willing to endure rain, bugs, and long days in beautiful locations.
- The ability to think critically and use good judgment is paramount.
- Willingness to work weekends, holidays and the occasional evening or early morning hours.
- Ability to provide own personal outdoor equipment such backpacks, sleeping bags, hiking boots, rain gear and water bottles.
- Ability to read topo maps and use GPS units to navigate.
- Applicants should be able to carry 50 lb packs and able to hike long distances over rugged mountainous terrain.
- Applicants must have good interpersonal skills and be the type of person that others WANT to work with.
Safety, efficiency, courtesy, respect and a high standard of customer service are top priorities for all positions associated with the Forest Service.
- Wilderness First Aid (or a higher medical certification) and Leave No Trace training is preferred but not required.
- Prior public speaking or visitor services experience is helpful.
- Prior experience with trail work or construction helpful.
- Experience with hand tools desirable.
- A personal vehicle is highly recommended. Though interns will drive government vehicles they will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the ranger station where they work.
- Interns are encouraged to apply for additional funding through Unity College's Holt Challenge Scholarship to help defray the cost of personal equipment, gas, and groceries.