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Positions available 1 October 2018 through 30 April 2019
Recreation Site Stewards function as recreation technicians responsible for the routine and deferred maintenance of grounds and facilities within developed Forest Service recreation sites. Site Stewards typically offer trade-skill knowledge and career experience related to general construction, carpentry and welding, electrical, concrete work, ranching or farming and other related “hands on” professions.
Site Stewards work as part of a team to identify the maintenance needs of a site, including (but not limited to) general landscaping, mowing, weed-eating, tree trimming, hedging, painting buildings, kiosks, curbing and railing, sweeping sidewalks, gutters and stairways, replacing and installing signage, removing litter and debris, maintaining dumpsters, removing graffiti, cleaning up abandoned campfires, and emptying fire grills.
Site Stewards serve as additional “eyes and ears” in developed and dispersed recreation areas located in a high-use urban forest setting. Site Stewards are expected to work efficiently with limited daily supervision under the leadership of volunteer appointed as crew leader. Transportation, tools, equipment and training are provided while working in recreation areas. Camping sites are assigned to Site Stewards in designated day-use areas or within Administrative Site facilities (if available).
Be a U.S. citizen and provide a permanent mailing address.
Pass a background check and possess a valid state driver’s license.
Volunteer 24 hours weekly per individual residing in the camp site, and commit to 90 days contagious service.
Provide your own personal camping accommodations.
Be able to be self-sustained in a dry camping environment.
Be in good physical condition and have a positive and helpful attitude.
Be familiar to operate a variety of hand and power tools
Be able to work safely without daily supervision.
Be prepared to work under varied conditions, including inclement weather. • Provide a professional reference to verify experience.
Represent the Forest Service to the public in a respectful manner.
Duties and Responsibilities
Site Stewards represent the Forest Service as members of a recreation maintenance crew working in developed day-use recreation sites that are located in a high-use urban forest setting.
Site Stewards conduct themselves professionally while working and respect the diversity of other employees and volunteers while maintaining a positive and helpful attitude toward forest visitors.
Site Stewards adhere to a regular set work schedule that strives to maximize crew productivity.
Site Stewards perform a variety of assigned routine and deferred maintenance tasks that follows established procedures in a safe and professional manner.
Stewards recognize and remove hazards which can be considered unsafe for visitors or notify appropriate Forest Service recreation technicians or program manager of liability concerns.
Site Stewards report any questionable or illegal activity to appropriate Forest Service personnel or Law Enforcement Officers.
Stewards maintain a positive and helpful attitude towards forest visitors and other volunteers that you may be assigned to work with.
Stewards accept full responsibility for personal actions and any inappropriate behavior unbecoming to a Forest Service volunteer.
The Recreation Site Steward Program is an integral part of the district recreation program which supports the districts’ seasonal maintenance efforts.
Your contribution as a volunteer helps provide a quality recreation experience and safe environment for forest users. Site Stewards, as with all Forest Service employees, have the responsibility of representing the Forest Service in carrying out the mission “Caring for the Land and Serving people”. Site Stewards will be required to complete 24 hours of work per week per individual residing in the camp site. Furthermore, volunteers interested in Site Steward positions must be able to commit to a consecutive 90-day appointment.
Campground fees shall be waived for each volunteer under an active volunteer agreement that is staying in designated camping areas. Utilities are not available in camping areas and all fuel reimbursements are only considered with prior approval of the program manager. Forest Service key, hat, and vest may be provided (if required) along with any tools and supplies necessary for assigned maintenance activities.
All property and maintenance equipment checked-out to Site Stewards shall be adequately secured when not in use and returned to the program manager at the end of the camping season on or before April 15th. Site Stewards are by NO means law enforcement officers and will NOT confront forest visitors as such. There is nothing in your duties as part of the Site Steward Program worth jeopardizing your personal safety. In all situations where the likelihood of confrontation is elevated, please contact Forest Service personnel or law enforcement to take appropriate action.
Volunteers will be briefed on relevant Forest Service policies and will be included in formal and other specialized training sessions (when available) at district offices. Volunteers must attend all mandatory safety trainings related to their volunteer position. Eligible volunteers who wish to obtain a Forest Service drivers’ license must take the Forest Service Defensive Driving class and be tested as a federally licensed vehicle operator. Time Commitment 24 hours of volunteer work per week per individual residing in the camp site during a contiguous 90-day commitment.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: RV/Tent Pad. Hookups not available but some are being constructed.