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Ranger Training Internship - 21st Century Conservation Service Corps
Description: Deschutes National Forest is looking to hire two individuals to serve as Ranger Training Interns at Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Newberry Caldera. Paulina Visitor Center (Historic Guard Station) is located on the shore of Paulina Lake within Newberry Caldera. It was originally built in 1942, and has been in regular use for many decades. The Paulina Guard Station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building was leased to a private vendor for many years. Since 2009, Paulina Guard Station has served as a Visitor Center and bookstore for Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Monument managers wish to highlight the Guard Station history, rich human history surrounding the caldera, and have professional-caliber information/interpretation specialists for the site’s thousands of annual visitors. Interns will learn about and welcome and orient Monument visitors, provide in-depth information and interpretation about Monument sites, perform developed recreation and filed ranger tasks.
The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC)Internship program is as follows:
Age requirement: 16-30 years and veterans up to 35 years of age.
Internship duration: 640 hours and then intern will receive 2-Year non-competitive status hiring authority.
Noncompetitive hiring status means the ability to apply and be considered for vacancies within the Forest Service without competitive examination or competing with career or career-conditional employees under internal merit staffing procedures for any position which eligible. Candidates applying under this authority are considered with other non-competitive candidates.
Provide conservation education and exposure to natural resources through mentorship and job shadow opportunities and educational experiences to high school and college students as well as recent graduates in either natural resources, cultural resources, recreation, or engineering.
All participants will have the opportunity to gain experience with other U.S. Forest Service programs outside of their targeted program area.
Internship is managed by Deschutes National Forest Non-profit Partner, Discover Your Forest
We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeaver to best serve those on our national forests and grasslands from every background. Discover Your Forest values diversity and inclusion. By welcoming differences and providing professional enrichment opportunities we are better able to serve those around us.
Salary: field day per diem expense reimbursement and free housing provided Job Type: Temporary residential internship Department: Recreation - Newberry National Volcanic Monument Recruitment: will remain open until filled
Number of openings: 2 Individuals
Commitment: 8-hour shifts, 4 days per week alternating with 5 days per week. Consecutive days off are guaranteed, unless otherwise negotiated. Interns will be required to submit information for background check prior to agency final acceptance. Internship commitment will be secured using a standard agency volunteer agreement.
Housing and Uniform Requirements: This internship is a uniformed position. Uniform will be provided. Shared lodging is provided for interns. (No guests or pets allowed in gov’t housing.) Housing may be co-gendered and pets are not allowed. Rooms are private and not shared with another intern, and there is a common kitchen space. The restroom is shared with visitor center staff working during the daytime. There is a functioning office in use during hours from 8-5 behind the visitor center lobby. Interns are expected to maintain a clean household, and will be checked-in and out of housing. Expect routine, scheduled housing checks by supervisor or housing official. Intern must provide their own bedding, towels, electronics, food/drink, and recreational gear. Space for gear storage is limited. Personal vehicle is required due to remoteness of location. Land line available for private incoming calls and local outgoing calls, phone card needed for long distance. Limited internet and cell phone service. Trails, lake, waterfall, campgrounds, and private lodge with a restaurant is within walking distance.
Job Duties: This uniformed intern position is intended to give a candidate a rich, multi-disciplined experience in support of managing one of only 11 national monuments managed by the Forest Service. The intern live the life of a Ranger in several capacities and will work both in shadowing and learning directly from a variety of agency professionals as well as independently as the season unfolds.
Duties include the following rotating training elements.
Visitor Services (30%): Intern will become proficient at welcoming and orienting Monument visitors, providing in-depth information on Monument sites, assisting with trip planning within the Monument, answering phones, cashiering at the Paulina Visitor Center and selling of passes and welcoming visitors at the Newberry Welcome Station. Cash handling and recordkeeping experience preferred.
Interpretive Services (30%): Opportunities for formal Interpretation include guiding tours of the Big Obsidian Flow, day and evening ranger talks, Jr. Forest Ranger activities, and roving interpretation.
Developed Recreation(25%): Perform a variety of recreation site maintenance, recreation fee compliance monitoring and campground reservation system management with maintenance staff
Trail Maintenance (5%): Assist the forest trail crew and trails volunteers with trail maintenance projects learning standards for tread and clearing vegetation on forest developed trails.
Field Ranger (5%): Ride along with district field rangers to learn about management challenges related to dispersed recreation. Assist with dispersed recreation projects as scheduled.
Individuals may also be assigned a special project according to their skills, interests, and specific school internship requirements if applicable. Lifting, walking, and presentation capabilities required. In addition to the in-depth on-the-job training interns will receive, formal opportunities include CPR, First Aid, interpretative principles and techniques as well as customer service training.
Education value to the Intern:
The internship will allow the student to put into practice his/her academic knowledge.
Enhance career pathways onramps for careers in Natural Resources, Recreatin and Forestry
Gain a broad perspective of being a recreation Monument Ranger through exposure to a variety of duties.
Discover strengths and weaknesses.
Opportunity to network with a diverse group of professionals: formal and non-formal educators, scientists, U.S. Forest Service specialists as well as other natural resource agencies.
Gain valuable hands-on experience coordinating interpretive programs, providing visitor services in an outdoor setting
Acquire a realistic career orientation.
Special Skills: Must be able to perform required duties with minimal supervision after orientation, communicate effectively with diverse audiences, and present a consistently friendly and helpful attitude; Forest Service uniform will be provided and worn during working hours; knowledge of Forest Service history and Deschutes National Forest recreation geography and policies is helpful, but not required. A moderate fitness level and ability to hike up to 3 miles is desired.
About the Area: Nearby towns are La Pine (18 miles/20-25 minutes), Sunriver (28miles/30-35 minutes), and Bend (45 miles/45-50 minutes). La Pine has a grocery store, bank and some additional services. All services can be found in Bend including a major medical center.
Positions provide visitor services out of the Paulina Visitor Center in the Newberry Caldera, a remote location ~42 miles south of Bend, Oregon. Newberry Caldera is the depression left by the collapsed summit of Newberry Volcano. The caldera has a wide variety of natural features: two spring-fed lakes, obsidian flows, pumice flats, dynamic peaks, and cascading waterfalls. Trails are typically free of snow by late June for hiking, biking, and horse riding. Recreation opportunities include hiking, camping, fishing, boating, and sky-gazing over Paulina and East Lakes within Newberry Caldera. Newberry Caldera has 1 main paved access road, 1 Visitor Center, 2 Resorts, and 6 campgrounds.
Onboarding: We will conduct criminal background checks on final candidate as required for the position.
Questions and How to Apply:
For more information contact Stacey Cochran, Discover Your Forest’s Community Engagement Director, at 541-383-5530 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply: Please submit a volunteer.gov application and then email a cover letter and resume to Stacey.email@example.com. The cover letter should address your experience in or interest in becoming a Recreation Park Ranger
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Cabins Description: Furnished shared lodging provided for interns. No guests or pets allowed in gov’t housing. Housing may be co-gendered and pets are not allowed. Rooms are private and not shared with another intern and there is a common kitchen space. The restroom is shared with visitor center staff working during the daytime. There is a functioning office in use during hours from 8-5 behind the visitor center lobby. Interns are expected to maintain a clean household, and will be checked-in and out of housing. Expect routine, scheduled housing checks by supervisor or housing official. Intern must provide their own bedding, towels, electronics, food/drink, and recreational gear. Space for gear storage is limited. Personal vehicle is required due to remoteness of location. Land line available for private incoming calls and local outgoing calls, phone card needed for long distance. Limited internet and cell phone service. Trails, lake, waterfall, campgrounds, and private lodge with a restaurant is within walking distance.