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5 Mar 2019

Other Outdoor Wilderness Ranger

Great Basin Institute – Posted by Recrutiment Wells, Nevada, United States

Job Description

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.

Contract Timeline:
6 month (900 Hour) AmeriCorps service term from June 3, 2019 – November 25, 2019

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Mountain City-Jarbidge-Ruby Mountains Ranger and Santa Rosa Ranger Districts
Rising from the floor of the Great Basin—the vast expanse between the Rocky and Sierra Nevada Mountains where creeks and rivers flow inland rather than to the ocean—the steep, green mountains of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest provide critical water, wildlife habitat, and incredible adventures for visitors and residents. Ghost towns and historic mining cabins dot these vast, largely undiscovered sky islands that offer freedom, solitude, and a sense of discovery and adventure for the self-reliant.

Two (2) openings are available and will be stationed with the Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District located in Wells, NV.

Compensation and Benefits:
This is an AmeriCorps position; candidates will receive a living stipend dependent on their length of service. The living stipend is a fixed amount, not an hourly wage or a salary. The stipend is paid to members in bi-weekly installments throughout their term of service. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service members shall receive an additional education award also dependent on the length of service that can be used for paying off student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.

• 6 month (900 hour) AmeriCorps service term: $7,000 living stipend (approximately $700 every two weeks before taxes)

Education Award:
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

Per Diem:
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

Other Benefits:

Affordable Care Act Compliant Health, Dental and Vision Insurance will be completely paid for at no cost to you by the Great Basin Institute and available starting your first day of service.

Loan Forbearance:
If you are currently paying on any federal student loans you have the option to put those loans into forbearance during your time as an AmeriCorps volunteer, that will allow you to cease payments while serving.

Interest Accrual Repayment:
As AmeriCorps alum, you are eligible to have the National Service Trust pay all or a portion of the interest that accumulated on your qualified student loan(s) during your term of service. These payments are made in addition to the Education Award, and are not deducted from your Education Award balance. To be eligible to have accrued interest paid: The loan must have been placed in forbearance for the service period, and you must have successfully completed a term of service and received an Education Award.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Eligibility:
AmeriCorps Volunteers qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Nevada Conservation Corps will provide you documentation in proving that you qualify for SNAP.

Educational Affiliation Agreements (College Credit):
The Nevada Conservation Corps will take part in Affiliation Agreements with your university in order to allow you to receive college credit hours for your term of service.

Job Qualifications:
Technical requirements:
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;

Additional requirements:
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.

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Job Categories: Seasonal. Job Types: Other Outdoor. Job Tags: backcountry, camping, LNT, Nevada, outdoors trails, and wilderness.

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