FC-FLIP 2016 - Visitor Services Internship

Four Corners Federal Lands Internship

Visitor Information Specialist 

This intern will be placed with USFS, San Juan National Forest, Dolores Ranger District. The Visitor Information Specialist will assist with daily public interaction by working at the front desk of the Dolores Public Lands Office. The intern will also participate in the activities of the developed recreation program by assisting with general maintenance and upkeep of developed sites.

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Timeline: May 31 - August 12, 2016                                                                     

Location: Dolores, Colorado

Mentor: Tom Rice, Recreation Program Manager, San Juan National Forest; and Toni Kelly, Visitor Information Services, Dolores Ranger District, San Juan National Forest                                                                                                                  

Schedule:  40-hour week; occasional long days, weekend or evening work may be required.                                                                                                                    

Responsibilities: The primary responsibilities of the Visitor Information Specialist will be to assist with the daily operations the Dolores Ranger District’s Recreation Program. The intern will interact directly with the public by staffing the front desk, of the district office, to answer questions and to assist the public. The intern will also work behind the scenes by assisting with the maintenance and upkeep of the Dolores District’s developed recreation sites. The latter will require the intern to work in a variety of weather conditions and operate light machinery and hand tools. 

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

·         Inquisitive Nature

·         Desire to work outdoors in all weather conditions

·         Camping and backpacking skills

·         Some experience and/or course work in basic field survey and monitoring methods

·         Basic map reading skills, GPS, and GIS knowledge preferred

·         Strong background in the sciences and/or natural resources

·         Desire to work with Forest visitors of all ages and backgrounds

·         Experience with natural history interpretation, environmental education, customer service, preferred.

·         Clean driving record for operation of government vehicles

·         A reliable personal vehicle is required

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills

·         Ability to carry out and accomplish order in a timely manner

·         Ability to be flexible and willingness to jump in to help as needed

·         Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

Training Provided: Orientation will be held in Silverton the week of May 31st and will include: backcountry skills and safety, introduction to federal careers and USAJobs, natural resources and issues in the Four Corners, scientific and professional communications, and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification (interns need to prepare (8 hrs.) prior to arrival on June 6th).

Compensation:  Living Stipend $4,400; paid biweekly. Upon successful completion the intern is eligible for an $1195 AmeriCorps Education Award.

Housing: None provided.

To apply, visit www.mountainstudies.org/fcflip.

For more information, contact Anthony Culpepper at anthony@mountainstudies.org.  

Applications close 15 March 2016