• Conservation Education • Other • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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River Rangers will serve to educate the tubing/boating/paddle boarding community on the importance of picking up and packing out their trash while recreating on the river. They will pass out trash bags and/or carabiners as needed, and serve as the “eyes and ears” of the Forest Service on the river.
The intent of this program is to reduce the amount of garbage accumulation on the Lower Salt River through implementation of proactive measures such as public education on the importance of packing out their trash, passing out bags and/or carabiners to secure their trash bags, provide information on trash cans and dumpster locations along the river corridor where they can dump their trash, and serve as a Forest Service presence on the river to reduce negative behavior.
Volunteers will receive a FREE Tonto Discovery Pass for parking during volunteer shifts.
Be a U.S. citizen and provide a permanent mailing address.
Pass a background check and possess a valid state driver’s license.
Have their own kayak or canoe.
Must know how to use a kayak or canoe.
Must be a proficient swimmer.
Wear a US Coast Guard approved life vest while on the water.
Wear the Forest Service volunteer uniform.
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.
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 River Ranger Volunteers are an integral part of the educating the public on rules and 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”.
River Ranger 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 no more than 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.
2-3 hours, Fridays and Saturdays (between 0900 and 1300)