Gila Wilderness Ranger

Gila Wilderness Ranger

Job Summary
New Mexico Wild is seeking Wilderness Rangers to work on a 2-person field-based crew in wilderness areas on the Gila National Forest.

Primary duties will focus on planning and implementing trails projects, collecting wilderness data on trails, boundaries and recreation sites, and implementing wilderness education action items. Monitoring data will be collected using the ArcGIS Collector application or other methods where appropriate. Wilderness Rangers will also be responsible for volunteer coordination, youth outreach, and volunteer/youth project oversight.

Project timeframe for this position is anticipated to be May through December 2022, but the season may be adjusted based on available funding and seasonal conditions such as snow, heat and fire.

Work Environment
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 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 is not available at this time.

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.
• Scout, plan, and lead backcountry wilderness trails projects with volunteers.
• 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 backcountry wilderness trail conditions and maintenance
• 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.

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