Environment Travel Management Technician
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the US Forest Service Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Nevada State Office, is recruiting two Travel Management Technicians (TMT) to join our AmeriCorps national service program to support signage, maintenance, and monitoring data collection efforts for motorized trails located throughout the state. Specifically, the TMTs will support the USFS recreation program by making improvements to OHV trail signs and will aid USFS recreation program staff in collecting and processing data supporting the district’s Travel Management Plan. The TMTs will coordinate with USFS staff to identify needed improvements to designated routes with the goal of providing improved opportunities for a range of motorized recreation experiences on public lands while protecting resources and minimizing conflicts among various users. The TMT will promote Tread Lightly and Leave no Trace outdoor ethics among volunteer groups and recreation visitors.
• Install directional signs and route markers that improve trail users’ experience;
• Install QR Code stickers on new or existing directional signs and route markers that will allow trail users’ to access USFS Humboldt-Toiyabe Avenza PDF Motorized Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) from their mobile device;
• Install QR Code stickers on new or existing directional signs and route markers that will allow trail users’ to access Tread Lightly responsible recreation tip resources from their mobile device;
• Provide trail maintenance and improvements to existing trails deemed unsafe or ecologically unsound; and
• Collect GPS and other monitoring data that enhances the Forest Service’s ability to maintain trails for the long-term.
These activities will result in improved experience for trail users, enhanced community awareness, a stronger culture of stewardship, as well as fewer conflicts between recreationists and other national forest users (e.g., grazing).
This position will be appropriate for an individual with education and experience in recreation/resource management and will provide opportunities to enhance basic career skills such as organization and communication, as well as field skills including use of GPS and maps, field note methods, and processing of GPS data to generate maps. USFS Recreation staff will provide training, direction and other support. Field work will be conducted in a remote backcountry setting and may require strenuous exertion. Weather and terrain conditions may be extreme (e.g., heat, cold, thunderstorms, steep terrain). The work schedule is anticipated to be Monday-Monday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to accommodate remote locations, but may be adjusted to Monday-Thursday, generally 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to accommodate project locations close to the Reno area.
This is a 13 week AmeriCorps national service appointment from September 5, 2017 to December 1, 2017.
The position will be based at the USFS State Office in Sparks, NV bordering Reno, NV. The “Biggest Little City in the World”, Reno has an estimated population of just over 230,000; the greater Reno-Sparks metropolitan area has a population of just over 435,000. The city sits in a high desert at ca. 4,500 feet in elevation, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains along the Truckee River, as it flows from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake. Weather is mild, but with a distinct four seasons. Reno offers easy access to world-class outdoor recreation, with a 3- to 5-hour drive to Yosemite and Death Valley National Parks, the Pacific Ocean, and California redwood forests. Closer to home, Nevada boasts more natural hot springs than any other state in the country, over 150 named mountain ranges, and 30 mountain peaks over 11,000 feet. In Reno, recreation and entertainment includes eight major ski resorts within 2 hours of the Reno-Tahoe airport; fishing and boating on Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River, and Pyramid Lake; minor league baseball with the Reno Aces (the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks); cultural festivals throughout the summer along the banks of the Truckee River; and a small but growing collection of craft microbreweries and micro-distilleries. For more, visit http://www.movoto.com/reno-nv/moving-to-reno/
Compensation and Benefits:
AmeriCorps Living Allowance: $5,500.00 (allocated biweekly)
Education Award: $1,527.45*
Field Per Diem for overnight travel at $15/night
Health, Dental, and Vision benefits available at no cost to member and from first day of service
*Education award may be used for past, present or future educational expenses, including payment of qualifying federal student loans
• Bachelor’s degree or relevant coursework in recreation/wilderness management, natural resources, or equivalent field experience;
• Experience collecting field data and/or following established field collection protocols;
• Experience using a GPS unit to navigate and collect spatial data;
• Ability to read and navigate using USGS topographic maps and a compass;
• Experience writing project reports and/or presenting technical data in an organized and understandable manner;
• Familiarity with the MS Office suite of software;
• Motivated, self-starter, detail oriented, and possess good organizational skills;
• Ability to work and occasionally camp in remote locations;
• Willingness to work to accomplish the goals and mission of the USFS and GBI;
• Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, traverse uneven terrain and withstand strenuous exertion;
• Clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate an off-highway vehicle, as well as a 4WD pickup on paved and unpaved roads; applicant must have or be able to obtain an ATV Safety Institute ATV Rider’s Certificate; and
• Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements:
(1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status
(2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of two in a lifetime, regardless of award amount)
(3) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks
How to ApplyTo apply: http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/Careers.aspx?rf=ADVENTUREJOBS&REQ=2017-ACI-050
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