Recreation Technician Placement (PO-00734285)

Serves as a member of a trails and cabin maintenance team.  Placement will assist with maintenance/repair of system trails and recreation cabins to improve and promote recreational access to National Forest System (NFS) lands.  Performs routine maintenance at dispersed recreation sites including site cleanup and naturalizing.  Collects visitor use data using trail counters and public interviews.  

Several backcountry camping trips will be required, typically 3 to 4 nights per trip, but potentially up to 10 consecutive nights.  Transportation on boats and possibly small fixed-wing aircraft and/or helicopters will be required.  As a field going position working in brown bear habitat, this position is required to be firearm certified for personal and/or crew safety.  Placements will be required to pass a drug screen before reporting for duty.  Placements must possess and maintain a valid state driver’s license from any state.

The 2 SCA crew members will work alongside the Sitka Ranger District Cabins and Trails Crew. They will report to the Cabins and Trails program manager and daily work will be assigned by the Cabins Work Leader or the Trails Work Leader. The combined crew will work together to accomplish the following areas of work:

·       Trail maintenance and reconstruction

·       Cabin maintenance and improvement

·       Maintain and clean developed recreation areas

·       Conduct work in both front and backcountry settings

·       Support National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) work

·       Support other program areas at special events such as Kid’s Fishing Day and Fourth of July Parade

Aside from normal clothing and boots, all necessary field and safety gear will be provided by the Forest Service.

Compensation amounts:

  • $1,481 – RT travel allowance to work site and back
  • $350 – weekly living allowance
  • $200 – one time gear allowance
  • $1500 – reimbursable duty-related travel expenses
  • $300 – monthly housing stipend
  • AmeriCorps eligibility (Education award of $1,718)

*All allowances are subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

Please provide a 1-2 page professional resume as an attachment to your SCA application. 
It is SCA's policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared prior to the position's start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position's start date will be delayed due to non-compliance.

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Position ID: PO-00734285

Expected Dates: May 21, 2023 - September 9, 2023

2018 Halibut Point Road
Sitka, AK 99835

Training Provided: chainsaw operations, 1st Aid/CPR, defensive rifle for brown bear safety, ATV/UTV operations, boat operations, sea/shore survival, defensive driving

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Interns will be exposed to many aspects of recreation management. Recreational opportunities abound in Sitka and are close at hand. There are tremendous hiking and fishing opportunities, as well as a host of community organized activities.

Main Area of Focus: Backcountry/Trail work

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Not needed

Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member

This opportunity is located in Sitka, Alaska, which is a full-service island community. The internship includes a bunkhouse stipend which will cover the cost of residing at one of two of the district’s shared housing locations. One is directly adjacent to the office, while the other a couple of miles away but closer to downtown. Interns may be assigned to a shared bedroom with another employee of the same gender. Interns who are housed at the further location can be provided a loaner bicycle for commuting to/from work. The bunkhouse is coed, but shared rooms, including bathrooms, are male or female only.

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association