• Conservation Education • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Back Country/Wilderness • Weed/Invasive Species Control
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Positions available 1 October 2018 through 30 April 2019
Wilderness Stewards are volunteers who provide information and assistance to visitors. They serve as hosts and act as the “eyes and ears” of the Forest Service – as a visible presence in the Forest -- and collect important information on conditions in the Forest. Wilderness Stewards are responsible for:
Their own personal safety, in addition to the role they play watching out for others
Adhering to the requirements for personal protective clothing
Letting their supervisor know, in a timely manner, when they will be unable to work so schedules can be adjusted
Wilderness Stewards must be good at and enjoy communicating with different people.
Wilderness Stewards must have hiking experience. Some Wilderness Stewards may hike longer distances and must be prepared for emergencies.
They must be able to work safely, independently and in pairs.
They should be prepared to work under varied conditions, including inclement weather and in remote locations.
Duties and Responsibilities
Greet, register, and deliver an effective message to all visitors arriving at trailheads. Promote wilderness and Leave No Trace (LNT) ethics, and provide current area information.
Patrol trailheads, trails and campsites to remove all litter and conspicuous signs of man (multiple fire rings, report abandoned gear, etc)
Perform basic trail maintenance – light brushing.
Strive to learn more about the Wilderness, natural and human history, flora and fauna, and the recreation opportunities on the Tonto National Forest.
Patrol parking lots and Forest Service roadways for litter.
Tabulate the number of cars and registration data daily, and provide reports to Mesa Ranger District.
Help direct where cars should park if lots fill up.
Check the condition of bathrooms, assure toilet paper is available, and sweep and wash bathroom floors (if applicable). Must discuss cleaning with supervisor, OSHA rules apply).
Keep track of the questions that people ask and report them to their Forest Service supervisor.
Report information on water, incidents, time reports, trailhead issues, trailhead conditions to their Forest Service supervisor.
Report outfitter guide activities and group sizes greater than 15 people.
Help recruit volunteers when possible.
Perform all duties in a conscientious and safe manner and make safety suggestions to others and to the public where appropriate.
Volunteers will be briefed on Forest Service policies and be provided written materials and other training guides on Wilderness ethics and programs such as “Leave No Trace”. Volunteers will be included in formal and specialized training sessions. Most of the training will occur on-the-job, as volunteers draw from the experience of the Forest Service Wilderness Rangers and each other.
Wilderness Stewards are asked to commit at least two regularly scheduled days per month during high-use days from November through April.