Do you like sharing your knowledge of nature with others? Then come work in the beautiful Stanislaus National Forest in California’s Central Sierra Nevada Mountains. You will be assisting with and presenting interpretive programs.
We are looking for candidates who have training in the identification and natural history of wildlife, plants, freshwater macroinvertebrates, and fish that are native to California's Central Sierra Nevada Mountains. Training in terrestrial arthropods, fungi, lichens, geology, astronomy, and California Native American culture is also desired. You must be comfortable with public contact and public speaking. Most of our audience is children ages 4-10, so experience working with this age group is desired. Please provide records of any courses or training you have had in these subjects. Also include any related work experience on your application and resume.
Other desired skills (please list any you have on your application and resume): Playing a portable musical instrument, singing, graphic arts, Microsoft Publisher software, photography/videography, publicizing on Facebook or other media, resource interpretation, promotion, Spanish language, and state driver license.
Duties: Leading and assisting with formal interpretive programs including nature walks and hikes, evening campfire programs, animal tracking, aquatic life exploration, crafts, and local Native American culture. The position also involves informal interpretation—contacting visitors directly at campsites and day use areas to provide information—and performing in skits and puppet shows and directing children to do so. Most programs are geared for ages 4-12, but we also have a couple of programs geared for older children and adults. For program details go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd641656.pdf
Other duties include distributing flyers, light cleaning of restrooms, and preparing, transporting, and setting-up/tearing down equipment and supplies (light lifting and carrying is involved). Depending on experience, you may create flyers, publicize programs on social and other media, research program material, create content for display boards, and take photos and videos. You may also perform in Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl costume, depending on your desire and ability.
Duration: Mid-June to mid-August, 2020, exact starting and ending dates are flexible.
Schedule: May include any day of the week and evenings.
Opening and Closing Dates: Open now until filled. We hope to fill the position by the mid-June start date.
Housing and reimbursements: Free barracks housing and a reimbursement for living expenses if staying in the barracks. Commute mileage is available if not staying in the barracks.
Restrictions: Must be 18 years of age or older.
How to Apply: Please provide (1) your resume, (2) references, (3) a cover letter telling us why you are interested in the position and what skills you have that are applicable to the job, and (4) records of courses or trainings you have taken that are applicable to this position, such as transcripts or certificates; records need not be official. Email to Casey Jardine at firstname.lastname@example.org; or paper mail to Casey Jardine, USDA Forest Service, Calaveras Ranger District, P.O. Box 500, Hathaway Pines, CA 95233.
Official Duty Station Location: Calaveras Ranger Station/District Office, located at 5519 Highway 4, Hathaway Pines, California.
Service Locations: (1) Lake Alpine Recreation Area, located on Highway 4 in Alpine County three miles east of Bear Valley Village, California (elevation 7300'); (2) Wakalu Hep Yo Campground in the Sourgrass Recreation Area, located off of Highway 4 in Calaveras County five miles northeast of Dorrington, California (elevation 4000')
Training opportunities:Central Sierra natural and cultural history, natural and cultural resource interpretation, and CPR/First Aid (if not already certified).
Recreational Opportunities: Hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, car and dispersed camping, backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing, scenic driving, and art and music festivals. Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe are a two to three hour drive and the ocean is a four-hour drive (San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Monterey areas).
Transportation: You will drive government vehicles on the job. To go shopping for personal supplies, you will either need your own vehicle, get a ride from someone, walk, or bike. Bus service is not available at Alpine barracks but is available in Hathaway Pines.
Local Area Amenities: The closest town to Alpine barracks is Bear Valley Village, a small resort town located 1.5 miles west; amenities include a gas station/mini-mart, small general store with groceries and supplies, sporting goods store, pizza, restaurants, library with free Internet, lodging, summer music festival; and kayak, disc golf, and bike rentals and sales. Lake Alpine Resort is two miles east and has a general store/gift shop, boat rentals, restaurant, cabins, and live music. Lake Alpine Recreation Area has car camping, picnic areas, and hiking trails. Arnold is 28 miles west with a supermarket, library with free Internet, medical clinic, lodging, pharmacy, bank, household goods, auto parts and repair, hardware stores, gas station/convenience stores, bars, restaurants, sporting goods stores, art and boutique shops, hair care, music, logging museum, and a park with a small lake. The closest full-service town with big-box stores and a hospital is Sonora, 56 miles west.
About the Stanislaus National Forest: The Stanislaus National Forest is a national forest, which is different from a national park. National forests are managed for multiple uses—timber, grazing, mining, clean water, wildlife, fishing, hunting, off-highway vehicle use, and outdoor recreation. National parks strive to keep landscapes unimpaired for future generations; they protect natural and historic features while offering light-on-the-land recreation. For information on the Stanislaus National Forest, visit the official website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/stanislaus/. For information on the U.S. Forest Service visit https://www.fs.fed.us/.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Bunk House Description: Barracks housing is provided free of charge. Occupants need to bring their own bedding. You will staying at Alpine barracks most of the time, an older four-bedroom/two bath house located on Highway 4 between Bear Valley Village and Lake Alpine; amenities include a living room, washer/dryer, television, and full kitchen with cookware and dinnerware. One bathroom has a shower/tub combo; the other has a shower. All bedrooms are single-occupancy. Housing will be temporarily provided in Hathaway Pines if Alpine is late in opening due to snow. No alcohol or smoking is allowed in the barracks.