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USFS Volunteer Coordinator Resource Assistant

Conservation Legacy

USFS Volunteer Coordinator Resource Assistant

Taos, NM
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    START/END DATE: JULY 15TH, 2019 - JUNE 26TH, 2020

    STIPEND: $520/week (+Education Award)

    TERM: 50 weeks

    REPORTS TO: US Forest Service - Carson National Forest

    LOCATION: Taos, NM 87571

    STATUS: 1700-hour AmeriCorps Service Term

    BENEFITS: AmeriCorps Education Award $5,920.00 after successful completion


    It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment.


    Join the Southwest Conservation Corps’ intern team and help the US Forest Service carry out it's mission of "caring for the land and serving people"!

    The Public Service Department of the Carson National Forest encompasses the Recreation, Lands, Heritage, Minerals and Fleet programs. Within these programs, the Carson works with communities, stakeholders, and partners to deliver a variety of important benefits to the public.

    Specifically, the recreation program strives to be vital to the well-being of our visitors and communities and essential to the future of the National Forests and Grasslands. The recreation program sustains America's great outdoors and builds greater capacity to serve citizens of the southwest. It does so by focusing the recreation program on building strong relationships with our diverse public who enjoy and actively care for the National Forests and Grasslands of the Southwest, while also improving our effectiveness and program resiliency.

    The intern will be working on the forest to increase the resiliency of the recreation program. This individual will help provide and manage for recreational opportunities that are both relevant and viable for present and future generations on the Carson National Forest.

    The Volunteer Coordinator Resource Assistant will work on creating a strategic program to start the Carson volunteer program. Specific tasks include:

    Work with the partnership coordinator to start a volunteer program on the forest

    Research examples of volunteer programs, determining what model would work for the forest

    Get the volunteer program up and running, figuring out how to sustainably fund the position long-term

    Help the forest to identify and recruit for volunteer opportunities

    • These include staffing Ranger District offices or visitor centers with people from the community who can provide recreation and other visitor information

    Create effective ways to inform and educate volunteers on expectations, duty hours, job hazard analysis, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), safety practices, tailgate safety sessions, and after action review

    Coordinator will coordinate with Project Supervisor and participate in projects on the ground

    Create a central system to follow protocol for volunteer agreements, volunteer contact list, and email

    • Keep record of volunteer agreements, terminations, and reporting database

    Support Forest Service reporting

    • Input all volunteer and partner activities in the appropriate databases for final upward agency reporting

    The intern will be trained in volunteer coordination, grants and agreements management, and trail maintenance skills. The intern will eventually be leading volunteer projects on the forest. This includes working in a variety of outdoor environments, being able to drive four wheel drive vehicles, camp in remote locations, use a radio to communicate with FS dispatch, and make a variety of visitor contacts in a front and backcountry setting.


    • Field experience related to hiking, backpacking, and camping
    • Ability to interface with Forest Service Staff, the public, and stakeholders
    • Planning, implementation, and organization skills
    • Computer skills to help with recruitment and outreach
    • Familiarity with skills associated with trail maintenance
    • Familiarity working with volunteers in the outdoors
    • Strong organizational skills
    • Strong people skills and communication skills
    • Ability to adapt to changing conditions and priorities
    • Ability to work respectfully with a wide variety of people with diverse backgrounds and perspective
    • Interest in natural resource management and/or outdoor recreation management


    • Ability to work with a variety of organizations/individuals
    • Self-starter, takes initiative, creative thinker, interest in learning new things and overall high performer

    The successful applicant must be self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and field work. This can include long periods of standing or walking on rough, uneven ground, bending, crouching, and stooping. Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. Prior to starting this position a government security background clearance will be required.


    College Graduate Preferred

    Social Security Card

    Birth Certificate or Passport

    U.S. Citizenship

    • Permanent Resident Card, INS form I-551
    • Alien Registration Card, INS form I-551
    • A passport indicating that the INS has approved it as temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence
    • A departure record ( INS 194) indication that the INS has approved it as temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence

    Driver's License


    To apply, please submit an updated resume and letter of interest along with the online application.

    Contact Clara at with any questions.

    Required Skills Required Experience

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