Visitor Services Intern

Expected Dates
November 7, 2022 to February 26, 2023
Site
Sierra National Forest
Position ID
PO-00734291
This position will have a great deal of emphasis on working with the public. The incumbent will spend time working at the front desks of various Visitor Centers on the Forest answering phones, issuing wilderness permits, campfire permits and providing visitors with information of all aspects of recreational opportunities on the Sierra NF.

There will also be field time where the incumbent would work with a Forest Service employee patrolling in the dispersed recreation areas on the Forest. Field going duties may include cleaning restrooms, talking with visitors, picking up trash and taking day hikes into wilderness areas educating visitors on Leave No Trace techniques. There may also be opportunities to assist with Rec Events such as OHV Poker Runs.
Educational Component
This position will emphasize educating the public on LNT principles, wilderness regulations, OHV routes and regulations and fire safety principles.
Recreation Opportunities
The Sierra NF offers a wide range of recreational activities. Water related activities include swimming, fishing and kayaking on lakes, rivers and streams in the Forest. Additionally there is an extensive system of OHV routes that are popular with recreationists and local organized clubs.

There are several areas that are noted for providing excellent opportunities for a wide range of rock climbing challenges.
NOTE:  Candidates must have experience in the following:
  • Must be able to operate at least full-size 4x4 truck on unpaved roads.
  • Able to navigate independently using a map
  • Familiar with use of various hand/mechanical tools (shovels, rakes, drills, saw, etc.)
  • Able to communicate verbally and in writing
  • Main responsibilities will include
      • cleaning restroom and campground facilities
      • general clean up of dispersed recreation areas (trash pick up)
      • Installing and repairing signs
      • use and minor maintenance of FS vehicle
      • learning FS rules/regulation
      • making public contact and education

Benefits:

  • $350/week living allowance
    $1,100 travel allowance
    $1,718 AmeriCorps Education Award
  • Housing Provided by USFS

The two allowances are subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

Conditions of Employment:

  • Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.
  • Sierra National Forest
Main Area of Focus
Visitor Services and Site Operations
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Communications
degree minor or extensive experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Backpacking
some experience
Camping
some experience
Construction
some experience
GPS
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience