Full Job Description
Position: Forestry Technician
Duration: 6 Month Fellowship (26 weeks): Starting June - Dec 2020 (dates are dependent upon the start date)
Location: Osceola National Forest, 24874 US Highway 90, Olustee, FL 32072
The Forestry Technician/Recreation RA job duties include:
Participates with other resource personnel to develop long-range plans for managing recreation resources within management developed and dispersed recreation sites on the unit.
Participates in the development of plans for recreation area maintenance, rehabilitation, reconstruction, and construction projects in accordance with program management objectives and policies.
Assists in the implementation of recreation operation and maintenance plans for developed and dispersed recreation sites.
Gathers, complies, and recommends improvements for developed and dispersed recreation sites on the unit.
Serves as point of contact with community organizations and interest groups to generate interest in and utilization of forest recreation facilities.
Inspects recreation areas, areas of concentrated public use, and special use permits for compliance with the permit and management plans, public health regulations, and safety plans.
As Collection Officer for recreation sites, collects fees, counts, reconciles money collected, and ensures deposits are made appropriately.
Assists with performing compliance checks and inspections on existing permits under Special-Use authorization.
Assists with the enforcement of Off-Road-Vehicle (ORV) restrictions, including maintenance and posting of regulatory signs and enforcement of restrictions.
Protects the scene of any incidents and relinquishes control to police or other law enforcement officials.
Maintains developed sites e.g., roadside and/or backcountry dispersed sites.
Makes repairs, removes or replaces facilities, or closes areas of facilities when hazards cannot be promptly eliminated.
Maintains District recreation facilities such as toilets, road closure gates, hand pumps, water systems, picnic tables, fire rings, barriers, dumpsters and other miscellaneous structures.
The RA will have the opportunity to collaborate with FS staff and to travel to various project sites in the course of their work. A valid driver’s license is required for this position, there is limited public transportation. The RA will use a government vehicle to commute to other sites.
RAs will work and communicate with a HAF Program Manager during their fellowship. RAs will be expected to participate in scheduled conference calls, webinars, and meetings conducted throughout their term. Fellows will capture photos and/or videos for reporting purposes and submit 3 blog posts highlighting their experience and development. Fellows will coordinate and participate in Latino Conservation Week 2020, scheduled during mid-July.
Special or Preferred skills:
Experience with trails or develop recreation preferred but not required.
Ages 17 and up
Available to work full-time (40 hours per week) for 26 weeks/6 months
Starting June 15, 2020 or earlier
Driver’s license required
RA will be required to drive a government vehicle
Degree requirement: Bachelors degree in related field of study, such as environmental science, natural resources, forestry
US citizenship or permanent residency. Interns must undergo a government background check if selected.
Participation in US Forest Service Orientation Training scheduled for June 15 - 19, 2020 in Lakewood, CO. Travel arrangements covered.
Stipend + Benefits:
$500 weekly pay stipend based on a 40-hour workweek*
$500 monthly housing allowance
Option for health insurance coverage throughout term
Up to $1,000 available for Forest Service work travel, orientation, trainings, professional development opportunities that align with RA role and goals
Direct Hire Authority Eligibility – after completing minimum of 960 hours, DHA status provides special non-competitive hiring status when applying for Forest Service positions.
- This is a 1099 position. Persons paid on a 1099 basis are independent contractors and are self-employed. Independent contractors are required to pay all self-employment taxes (Social Security & Medicare) as well as income tax. Independent contractors generally do not receive any type of employment benefits from the client. For more information please refer to www.irs.gov or talk with a tax professional.
HAF is managing the recruitment for these positions. All applications should be submitted through HAF’s MANO Project application page. A resume and two references will be required for submission. Your application or resume should include professional and educational experience, along with any awards, technical skills or volunteer activities. Application questions or issues may be directed to Marlene Manzo at firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelle Neuenschwander at email@example.com.
Applications for this position are due on Monday, April 20, 2020. Phone interviews and final decisions will be made by May.
Located between Lake City and Jacksonville and bisected by Interstate 10, the Osceola National Forest is Florida's northernmost and smallest national forest. Nearly 200,000 acres are protected by the boundaries of the Osceola National Forest, including several wildneress areas and a wildlife corridor that stretches north towards Georgia and the Okeefenokee Swamp.
Among the significant landscapes found here are the Pinhook Swamp, a moasic of wet pine flatwoods and pocusin swamp along the forest's northern boundary; Big Gum Swamp, a wilderness area with more than 13,000 acres of cypress-sweetgum swamp, found near the center of the forest; and Ocean Pond, a large, shallow lake popular for recreation and important in Florida's Civil War history.
Off-road vehicles are welcome to use unpaved forest roads to explore the forest, except where boundary markers indicate otherwise. Forest roads may be walked, bicycled, or explored on horseback as well. There is one designated trail for backpackers, a 20-mile segment of the Florida Trail stretching from Deep Creek to Olustee Battlefield, as well as several nature trails for all ages.
US Forest Service Mission:
To sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.
Hispanic Access Foundation Mission:
Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization that connects Latinos to partners and opportunities improving lives and creating an equitable society. HAF’s vision is that all Hispanics throughout the U.S. enjoy good physical health, a healthy natural environment, a quality education, economic success and civic engagement in their communities with the sum improving the future of America.