Tonto National Forest Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Crewmember

Arizona Conservation Corps

Mesa, Arizona

Job Type Paid Internship
Salary Details $600 per week plus AmeriCorps Education Award & PLC
Deadline Aug 05, 2024
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Title: Tonto National Forest Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Crewmember (1 opening)

Start/End Date (anticipated): Summer 2024 – Winter 2025 (anticipated)

Living Stipend: $450 per week living stipend + $150 housing stipend +Education Award.

Term: 26-week term

Reports To: Chad Doyle (Lead OHV Ranger, Mesa Ranger District, Tonto National Forest)

Location: Mesa Ranger District: 5140 E. Ingram Street, Mesa, AZ 85205

Status: 900-hour AmeriCorps Service Term, full-time (40 hours/week), temporary

Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award of $3,247.50; Public Lands Corps Certificate*; both with successful completion of the service term. Health insurance eligible through The Corps Network

*To be eligible for a Public Lands Corps certificate, members must be between the ages of 18-30, inclusive, at the time the member begins their term of service.

Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC):

Arizona Conservation Corps, a program of Conservation Legacy, aims to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's. AZCC is focused on connecting youth, young adults, and recent era military veterans with conservation service work projects on public lands. AZCC operates programs across Arizona that engage individuals and strengthen communities through service and conservation. AZCC has program offices in Flagstaff, Tucson, and Pinetop. 

Tonto National Forest:

At over 2.9 million acres, the Tonto National Forest is the largest national forest in Arizona, and the seventh largest national forest among 154 USDA National Forests.  The Tonto features some of the most rugged and inherently beautiful land in the country. Sonoran Desert cacti and flat lands slowly give way to the highlands of the Mogollon Rim. This variety in vegetation and range in altitude -- from 1,300 to 7,900 feet -- offers outstanding recreational opportunities throughout the year, whether it's lake beaches or cool pine forest. The Tonto National Forest, and the Mesa Ranger District in particular, consistently ranks as the busiest Forest and District in America for recreation.

Position Summary:

Tonto National Forest, Mesa Ranger District is seeking a temporary, full-time Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Crewmember. The primary focus of this position will be to patrol and assist in the maintenance of dispersed recreation sites, OHV staging areas and Forest Service roads and trails.

Essential Responsibilities and Functions:

  • Patrol off-highway vehicle (OHV) areas as part of a team including backcountry remote roads and trails.
  • Complete all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and off-highway vehicle (OHV) training (provided by the Forest Service); complete trailer loading/towing training and regularly tow trailers up to 20’ in length.
  • Assist with permit and safety compliance in OHV areas.
  • Coordinate closely with Forest Service and partner law enforcement agencies; participate in joint patrols with law enforcement and assist with issuance of federal violation notices.
  • Provides public information and interpretive services, including detailed information concerning recreational opportunities.
  • Maintain recreation areas and equipment, including regular checks and maintenance of OHV staging areas.
  • Survey and inspect trails and roads; upload data into ArcGIS programs on Forest Service issued iPads.
  • Assist in fence and gate installation, maintenance and repairs. Install and maintain signage, operate hand tools and assist heavy equipment operators as appropriate.
  • Act as a representative of the Forest Service including wearing an official uniform and presenting a professional image.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Possess good interpersonal communication and conflict resolution skills; professionally communicate with uncooperative members of the public.
  • Interest in off-road recreation and protecting natural resources.
  • A self-starter that can easily work alone or as a member of a team.
  • Ability to clearly communicate via handheld and vehicle radios while in the field.
  • Demonstrate professionalism, both in demeanor and appearance.
  • Applicants must pass a criminal history background check and possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.
  • Must be 21 years of age ORhave held a driver's license for at least 3 years if under 21.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 4x4 or off-road driving experience preferred.
  • Previous experience with public land management agencies.
  • Customer service skills as it pertains to interacting with the public.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.

Physical Requirements:

  • To successfully perform essential functions, the individual is required to sit, stand, walk, speak, hear, etc. May be required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl for significant periods of time and be able to safely lift 50 pounds on a routine basis.
  • Ability to hike and work outdoors in extreme heat, cold, rain, snow, uneven terrain, excessive dust and poorly maintained roads and trails.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Participation and Expected Behavior:

  • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences. 
  • Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, co-workers and Forest Service staff. 
  • Appropriately represent the Arizona Conservation Corps, Tonto National Forest, and AmeriCorps to the public and partners at all times.

Safety and Judgment: 

  • Effectively perceive, understand, and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute techniques to manage hazards. 
  • Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions. 

Substance Free:

  • In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property.

To Apply:  

Please submit a resume, cover letter, 3 references and fill out the online application at https://azcorps.org/ip-positions. If you have questions, contact AZCC’s Individual Placement Coordinator, Preston Sands, at psands@conservationlegacy.org.

For more information about Arizona Conservation Corps, please visit www.azcorps.org. Arizona Conservation Corps is a program of Conservation Legacy. 

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category General / Stewardship, Outdoor Recreation
Tags Conservation Corps, Park Ranger, GIS