New Mexico Wild is seeking Wilderness Rangers to work on a 2-person field-based crew in wilderness areas on the Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear Ranger District (based in Ruidoso).
Primary duties will focus on monitoring invasive species, trails, primitive and unconfined recreation, and recreation sites in accordance with Forest Service Wilderness Stewardship Performance protocols. Monitoring data will be collected using the ArcGIS Collector application or other methods where appropriate. Wilderness Rangers will also be responsible for wilderness education, volunteer coordination, youth outreach, and volunteer/youth project oversight.
Project timeframe for this position is anticipated to be April 20th through August 31st, 2020, but the season may be extended into September based on available funding and seasonal conditions such as snow, heat and fire.
Work is performed primarily in the field, often in remote locations for multiple days at a time. Field work includes risk of injury from falls, strains, insect bites and includes exposure to inclement weather. Work will be full time (40 hours/week) during the field season and will follow an eight days on, six days off work schedule, which will require work during some weekends, holidays, and occasionally evenings. Light office duties will be performed at assigned work locations. Overnight travel will be required to complete duties between 50% and 75% of work time during the field season. Safety equipment is required and will be provided in accordance with applicable USFS job hazard analyses. Seasonal housing will be provided, at no cost to the employee at the Smokey Bear Ranger Station Forest Service Housing units.
Summary of Essential Job Functions
- Work independently and as a team in a variety of wilderness backcountry and front-country settings on specific assigned tasks.
- Develop and/or execute local strategies for Wilderness Stewardship Performance monitoring consistent with the U.S. Forest Service national minimum protocol.
- Operate a handheld data collection device to collect consistent and accurate natural resource data.
- Maintain organized and complete records.
- Travel, camp, and work in remote backcountry settings during 2 to 8-day wilderness trips.
- Utilize safe and low-impact backcountry travel skills.
- Identify and complete various stewardship projects with approval from relevant Forest Service personnel.
- Recruit, coordinate, train, and lead volunteers and youth in completing a variety of stewardship projects.
Knowledge and Abilities Required
- Knowledge of wilderness principles, concepts, policies, and objectives.
- Ability to implement environmental and natural resource monitoring techniques.
- Practical knowledge of backcountry travel, natural resources, and land management operations sufficient to perform work assignments within wilderness.
- Ability to work under arduous physical conditions.
- Ability to identify invasive plant species, conduct trail assessments, utilize primitive tools, perform trail and campsite maintenance, and use a handheld GPS device for data collection.
- Ability to coordinate and lead volunteer crews.
- Ability to work both independently and with a team, including coordination with New Mexico Wild and Forest Service staff.
- Knowledge of ArcGIS and other mapping software and data analysis is a plus
- Valid state-issued Driver’s License required.
- Access to personal vehicle for travel to and from work sites will be required for some positions. Mileage for work-related activities will be reimbursed.
Compensation will be set at a competitive hourly rate at $17 per hour.
To apply, email a resume, cover letter and references to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to apply is February 29.
New Mexico Wild is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair and equal treatment of its employees regardless of differences based on culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, or sexual orientation.