Wilderness Ranger Technician **Affords Non-Competitive Government Hiring Eligibility **

The Great Basin Institute

South Lake Tahoe, California

Job Type AmeriCorps
Salary Details $1,280 biweekly

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the US Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) is recruiting (2) Wilderness Ranger Technicians to educate the public and monitor wilderness areas around Lake Tahoe.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provides detailed information about recreation opportunities to Forest visitors. Informs the public about resource management practices, regulations and current conditions.
  • Initiates visitor contacts for Wilderness permit compliance and backcountry education. 
  • Patrols wilderness to ensure areas are operated, used and maintained in accordance with Wilderness Management Plan. Wilderness patrols are a mixture of day patrols and multi-day trips.  Naturalizes sites where necessary in order to control use and prevent resource damage.
  • Installs and maintains information boards, travel signs, regulatory signs and other signs associated with recreation sites, travel management and safety. 
  • Plans and implements the logistics of wilderness projects associated with trail maintenance and reconstruction projects. Performs trail log, condition, and prescription surveys. 
  • Identifies restoration projects for planning future restoration projects.
  • Conducts education programs addressing Leave No Trace camping, wilderness philosophy and minimal stock impacts.

Because the agreement under which this position is being advertised is a Public Lands Corps Youth Assistance Agreement, all applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 30 years old at time of application.

Technical requirements:

  • Knowledge of and/or interest in forest resources and wilderness management (applicants with prior experience working with the USFS and/or LTBMU encouraged to apply);
  • Ability to convey historical and cultural information of wilderness area to recreational user groups;
  • Ability to think creatively about and implement solutions to matters related to maintenance of facilities and infrastructure;
  • Ability to work and coordinate with other resource professionals, program managers, and the general public;
  • Ability to self-motivate and maintain a positive attitude;
  • Ability to walk long distances in challenging terrain and harsh and rapidly changing mountainous conditions while carrying a heavy pack and/or tools, and otherwise be in good physical condition;
  • Ability to backcountry camp the majority of work tours;
  • Ability to operate a 4WD vehicle on or off paved roads; and
  • Ability to work on a variety of different projects with changing priorities.

Additional requirements:

  • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record; and

Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.


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