• Conservation Education • Historical Preservation • Office/Clerical • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Education volunteers are volunteers who provide information to visitors at high use recreation sites on the Mesa Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest. They will be working outdoors with another volunteer or Forest Service employee. Primary duty is standing at the road entrance of our popular sites handing out flyers and educating the public on our new target type restrictions.
Duties may include speaking with the public, handing out flyers/ information, educating NOT enforcing.
Be a U.S. citizen and provide a permanent mailing address.
Pass a background check and possess a valid state driver’s license.
Volunteers maintain a positive and helpful attitude towards forest visitors and other volunteers that you may be assigned to work with.
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
Volunteers represent the Forest Service as “eyes and ears” in designated day-use recreation sites in a high-use urban forest setting and report any questionable or illegal activity to Forest Service Protection Officers or Law Enforcement Officers.
Volunteers greet forest visitors with pertinent local information and reminders of Forest Service rules and regulations.
Volunteers recognize and remove hazards which can be considered unsafe for visitors or notify appropriate Forest Service recreation technicians or program manager of liability concerns.
Volunteers accept full responsibility for personal actions and any inappropriate behavior unbecoming to a Forest Service volunteer.
Have excellent communication skills
Provide a positive experience to the public.
Have a confident presence and represent the Forest Service
Know when to disengage with the public
Provide assistance to volunteers in the field.
Identify potential volunteers and discuss this potential with District Staff
Communicate with Forest Service staff and volunteer groups or individuals
As a volunteer, you will be looked upon by the visiting public as the first person they will consider for information regarding the area and their National Forest. The Education Volunteer is an integral part of the implementation of our new target-type restriction regulations. Volunteers, 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”.
Education volunteers are by NO means law enforcement officers and will NOT confront forest visitors as such. There is nothing in your duties as a volunteer worth jeopardizing your safety. In cases where a volunteer comes in contact with a visitor, it should be just a friendly encounter. The potential for volunteers to be involved in an unfriendly situation or serious conflict does exist, especially in high-use urban forest settings. This is why we cannot overemphasize your personal safety.
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.
Four-hour work days of at least one day per week, weekends only.