Park Ranger

Arcata, CA (I)Arcata, CA (I)
Arcata, CA (II)Arcata, CA (II)
Redding, CARedding, CA

King Range National Conservation Area (NCA)

Arcata Field Office

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Recreation Resource Management, Park Management

Position Description: The Nick’s Interns program was founded in 2004 by a local family in memory of their son who worked as a student at the King Range National Conservation Area (NCA). The program’s primary goal is to expose local youth to conservation careers through paid internships in order to break cycles of poverty and drug abuse. This is achieved by offering them the experience, confidence, and skills to get involved in community efforts to restore local watersheds as well as opportunities to explore resource management careers with government agencies. It strengthens rural communities through education, workforce, and economic development. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and partner agencies provide resource professionals to mentor interns as they complete public land restoration and recreation projects. The King Range NCA is looking for a qualified college student/recent graduate to serve as the day-to-day leader for the Nick’s Interns program.

The primary objective of this program is to provide youth employment related to recreation resource management, watershed restoration, and education outreach for public land in the King Range NCA, King Range Wilderness and surrounding Lost Coast region. BLM will mentor someone that is interested in park/recreation/natural resource management to lead the high school interns on a daily basis and provide program guidance and partner coordination. In a typical year, the Nick’s Interns program begins advertising and recruiting at the local high schools in March with hiring completed by May. Ideally the leader would begin work the end of May or beginning of June to prepare for the summer season and work until mid-August. The program typically runs late June to early August and lasts approximately six weeks. High school aged youth work for 32-hours per week for three weeks and are funded through private donations and grants. A leader will be expected to work 40-hours per week.

The Nick’s Interns program is dedicated to strengthening and diversifying skills and occupational options for rural young people in California through work projects on public lands. In addition, the BLM can introduce to a wider, younger audience the topics, considerations, and decision-making processes for science-based management of biological and recreation. Young people’s experience working on public lands in rural communities can raise their awareness and appreciation of the benefits of public lands in their lives.

The BLM will implement an environmental education program for the Nick’s Interns program. Program participants will receive training in Leave No Trace environmental ethics, wilderness management, watershed restoration, and recreation management. The BLM mentor and staff will work collaboratively with the Nick’s Interns program to inform crews about the BLM mission and provide mentorship relating to opportunities for participants’ eventual careers in natural resource management with the BLM or other land and resource management agencies. The BLM mentor and staff will provide project direction and technical support to the Nick’s Interns program so that projects are completed in a safe, timely, and cost-effective manner.

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King Range National Conservation Area (NCA)

Arcata Field Office

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Natural Resource Management, Special Area (Wilderness) Management, Education/Interpretation, Recreation Planning/Administration, Environmental Studies, Public Administration.

Position Description:  Along California’s stunning Lost Coast lies the King Range National Conservation Area (KRNCA) and Wilderness where BLM manages 68,000 acres of pristine forest, prairie, riparian areas and 35 miles of beach and rocky coastline. Designated in 1970 as America’s first National Conservation Area the King Range and considered by many to be the crown jewel of BLM California is experiencing increasing visitor use due to the popular Lost Coast Trail (over 10,000 backpacker each year) and the Paradise Royale Mountain Bike Trail System. Starting in January of 2017 the BLM started a new Wilderness Permit Program that limits overnight use in the King Range Wilderness and along the Lost Coast Trail.

The KRNCA Direct Hire Intern will help BLM implement the Wilderness Permit Program by contacting visitors and monitoring visitor use and compliance of the permit system. In addition, the intern will produce a new set of effective and dynamic Wilderness Permit Program outreach efforts and communications tools. Intern will produce public outreach event in Shelter Cove over 4th of July Weekend. Finally, intern will monitor natural and cultural sites within the wilderness and along the Lost Coast Trail.

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Redding Field Office

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Parks and Recreation Management, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Studies.

Position Description:  The Redding Field Office recreation program has developed into high profile attribute to the upper Sacramento River Valley. Diverse recreation opportunities such as mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, hunting, boating, and fishing are available to local residents as well as visitors from outside of the area. The project would be to develop a Trail Monitoring Program as it pertains to visitor use, maintenance needs. The program would include collection of visitor use data on trails and at facilities using ocular and traffic counter acquired information. The intern would also inventory most BLM trail systems for maintenance and rerouting needs.

This program would help development the intern into a functioning Park Ranger at the GS-9 full performance level. The rationale for the position would be to allow the existing two Outdoor Recreation Planners – ORP, to absorb the duties of the retiring Supervisory Outdoor Recreation Planner – SORP, (with the exception of supervision) and allow the Park Ranger to take over some office and field duties currently assigned to the remaining ORP’s.

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