- Heber City, UT, USA
American Conservation Experience, Emerging Professional Intern Corps (EPIC), a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Salt Lake City, Utah, in partnership with the Friends of Kings Peak is seeking one Backcountry Ranger Intern to dedicate 13-weeks working directly with the Friends of Kings Peak and the Ashley National Forest Service for the management, restoration, and protection of the wilderness area through interpretation and site-stewardship during the 2013 hiking season. This opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic, beginning professional with a background in wilderness, outdoor recreation planning, outdoor education and interpretation, ecology, environmental studies and science, biology, GIS, conservation, natural resource management or a closely related field, with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resource management, as well as working in one of the most spectacular landscapes in the nation.
Start Date: May 27, 2013
End Date: August 16, 2013
A 13-week commitment is required
Location: Kings Peak is located in the High Uintas Wilderness of the Ashley National Forest in northeastern Utah, approximately 150 miles east of Salt Lake City. This position will be throughout the Kings Peak Wilderness and primarily located in the Henry's Fork basin.
Project Partner Website: For more information about the Friends of Kings Peak, please visit their website at: http://www.friendsofkingspeak.org. For more information about Kings Peak and the Ashley National Forest, please visit the USFW website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/ashley/specialplaces/?cid=fsm9_002443
Compensation: A $110/week stipend will be provided for food and incidentals, paid bi-weekly. Housing will be provided by the Friends of Kings Peak in Mountain View, WY (located about 35 miles from Kings Peak).
Position Description: This field position will be representing the Friends of Kings Peak and Ashley National Forest for the Kings Peak and Henry's Fork Wilderness Areas. This diverse position will be responsible for interacting directly with visitors providing information and details to the public about the areas' cultural and natural resources and providing insight and guidelines to the wilderness area's backcountry recreation opportunities.
Some of the day- to-day tasks include:
- Educate the public on the areas' cultural and natural resources and the importance of Leave No Trace
- General recreational and wilderness interpretative outreach and education with a varied user group base
- Perform backcountry and wilderness trail site-stewardship and monitoring
- Develop an outreach program for the public regarding proper wilderness use regarding Leave No Trace and natural resource wilderness conservation
- Assist the Friends of Kings Peak and the Forest Service with trail maintenance and site stewardship in the high-use hiking and recreation areas
- Lead public and youth groups in meaningful restoration and conservation stewardship service projects
- Patrol wilderness and backcountry trails to ensure visitor safety and trail stewardship
The Backcountry Ranger may also assist with other programs, including but not limited to the following:
- Assist with invasive species inventory and removal; trail maintenance; vegetation surveys
- Assist with activities such as construction/maintenance of fences; installing signs, habitat restoration
Project Background and Objectives: Kings Peak is the highest mountain in Utah, rising to an elevation of 13,528 ft. Located in the High Uintas Wilderness area of the Ashley National Forest just 150 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah, it sees over 10,000 visitors annually. It has one of the highest overnight visitation rates in the High Uintas Wilderness which means the areas faces a significant amount of human impact and site degradation. The Friends of Kings Peak is dedicated in ensuring that the area's amazing resources are cared for to ensure positive wilderness camping and hiking experience for all visitors. The ACE Backcountry Ranger will interact and educate visitors regarding the importance of Leave No Trace and perform site-stewardship of the wilderness trails and resources. Through the development of an outreach program to help hikers think critically regarding the use of the Henry's Fork and Kings Peak areas, the ACE Backcountry Ranger will help conserve the valuable wilderness resources for present and future generations.
The objective of this position is to provide meaningful work experiences while also providing a benefit to public land resources and visitors. The Backcountry Ranger will gain job skills related to the management of wilderness areas by working on various projects. The individual will be instilled with an appreciation of natural resources, the benefits of cooperation, hard work and a sense of accomplishment with an emphasis on a sound work ethic that will supplement their other educational opportunities.
Qualifications: Applicants for the position must hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or experience in wilderness, outdoor recreation planning, ecology, environmental studies and science, biology, outdoor education, GIS, conservation, natural resource management or a closely related field. The interns must be resourceful, adaptable, and able to work comfortably alone or in a group in the backcountry. The ACE Kings Peak Backcountry Ranger must be willing and able to represent ACE and the Friends of Kings Peak in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.
- Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS.
- Must have a valid driver's license; clean driving record, and the ability to provide documentation.
- Must provide personal transportation
- Effective communication skills with all ages and diverse audiences.
- Experience and knowledge of Leave No Trace principals and conservation site-stewardship
- Interns must have personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE.
- Deep interest in ecology and respect for nature. A desire to gain a deeper understanding and relationship with wilderness areas and understand what it takes to manage our country's most revered natural places
- Experience and knowledge of outdoor recreation and environmental education and working with the public
- Applicants are expected to be highly motivated and willing and able to perform assigned duties with little direct supervision
- Must be physically fit for outdoor work in all types of inclement weather.
- Must be able to carry and lift up to 50 pounds and work on steep and rough terrain in the backcountry of the park.
- English proficiency required.
- Knowledge and understanding of natural resource management
- Knowledge and ability utilizing GIS/GPS equipment in the field.
- Certified Leave No Trace Trainer or Master
- First Aid or Wilderness First Aid certified
- Knowledge or experience with trail maintenance and restoration