Recreation Permit Specialist/ Park Ranger Intern
Title: Bureau of Land Management – Recreation Permit Specialist/Park Ranger Individual Placement (1)
Start/End Date: February 13, 2023 – January 12, 2024 (anticipated)
Term: 48 weeks
Location: Bureau of Land Management – Taos Field Office 1024 Paseo del Pueblo Sur Taos, NM 87571
Status: 1700-hour AmeriCorps Service Term, 40 hours/week
Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award $6,495, Public Lands Corps Certificate*; both with successful completion of individual placement. The Corps Network health insurance provided by Cigna, AmeriCorps childcare assistance. Housing allowance $100/week. Professional development funds totaling $2,772.
Conservation Corps New Mexico (CCNM):
Conservation Corps New Mexico, a program of Conservation Legacy, aims to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's. CCNM is focused on connecting youth, young adults, and recent era military veterans with conservation service work projects on public lands. CCNM operates programs across southern New Mexico and western Texas that engage individuals and strengthen communities through service and conservation. CCNM has a program office in Las Cruces.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages public lands to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Recreation Program manages public lands for enhanced recreation experiences and quality of life, encourages sustainable travel and tourism development, establishes proactive travel management and planning, authorizes recreation uses of public lands through the issuance of permits, ensures public health and safety, improves the condition and accessibility of recreation sites and facilities, enhances visitor services including interpretive information and education, and encourages partnerships, volunteers, and citizen-centered public service. Recreation staff plan, implement, monitor, and maintain recreation areas and facilities to ensure that the public can safely and sustainably enjoy our public lands.
This individual will work closely with BLM recreation staff to monitor visitation in busy recreation sites and build awareness of the area rules and regulations. The primary focus of the individual will be to assist the recreation program in managing Special Recreation Permits with the Taos Field Office. The incumbent will help educate visitors, perform maintenance in recreation areas, and be a presence to build awareness of rules and regulations across various sites and facilities on BLM-managed land. This individual will also help educate visitors on Leave No Trace principles and ethics. Additionally, the individual may connect with local and regional community partners through volunteer events, trail workdays, and collaborative trainings.
Work may involve early morning hours, late afternoon hours, and might occasionally be expected to work holidays and weekends. A standard BLM uniform may be provided to wear while performing patrol and public contact duties. The intern must possess a valid driver’s license to operate government vehicles and equipment.
Essential Responsibilities and Functions:
Recreation Permit Specialist Tasks
- Assists with the management of Special Recreation Permits (SRPs); including issuance of permits, permit activations and renewals, monitoring of permitted uses, collection of fees, permit compliance, and data entry; handling or reporting suspected SRP violations.
- Maintain approximately 70-95 commercial Special Recreation Permit case files.
- Provide application material and other forms to applicant and existing permittees.
- Respond to and follow up with permittees and applicants to ensure all required paperwork is complete.
- Summarize annual visitor use and annual fee collections from recreation permits to support end of year reports.
- Assist with annual permittee evaluations.
- Update, letters, forms, and stipulations documents as needed.
- Maintain a database of contact information and permit status; Active, Expired, Cancelled, etc.
- Assist as needed with Rio Chama individual permits; allocated permit system and Rec.gov.
- Answer inquires by email or telephone relating to permit administration and other recreation opportunities on public lands.
Park Ranger Tasks
- Assist visitors and monitor visitation with vehicle counters in developed and undeveloped/dispersed sites.
- Assist with sign design, installation, removal, and replacement.
- May provide assistance with development of maps and environmental documents.
- May assist with trail maintenance, construction, and vegetative restoration.
- Develop skills as a general Park Ranger and patrol in recreation areas
- Represent the BLM in a professional attitude and appearance
- Show respect to visitors and provide information as needed
- Become proficient at identifying issues that need attentions such as missing signs, trash, and resource damage
- May collect fees from the field and assist with counting fees for deposit
- Learn how to implement recreation area maintenance and operation plans, including with youth corps service member and volunteer groups
- Check trails, signs, and roads for maintenance needs
- Assist on work projects and ensure volunteers complete work safely and effectively
- Assist with maintaining trails, complete area clean ups, install fencing/kiosks, and rehabilitate closed areas.
- Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of term and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting.
- Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources or a related field preferred.
- High School Diploma or GED
- Driver’s License
- 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 the permanent residence
*Per grant funding and to be eligible for a Public Lands Corps certificate, interns must be between the ages of 18 – 30 inclusive (35 if a veteran), at the time the individual begins the term of service.
- Hold a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources or related field.
- Clean driving records and comfortable with navigating 4x4 roads (training provided)
- Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office tools.
- Ability to use and/or learn ArcGIS for basic navigating and map view or maps would be beneficial.
- Ability to hike long distances over rough terrain and able to operate OHVs (training provided)
- Ability to work somewhat independently in initiating, developing, or modifying work methods
- Ability to provide clear information or data both orally and in writing, in order to provide advice and guidance to supervisors, co-workers, and the public.
- Ability and knowledge to use basic tools for digging post holes, replacing damaged signs, and similar tasks
- Spanish language skills would be beneficial.
- Collection officer training
- Defensive Driving
- First Aid and CPR
- Leave No Trace (if available)
- Basic Safety
- Recreation Permits Training
- Other program training may be available as interested
- To successfully perform essential functions, the individual is required to sit, stand, walk, speak, hear, etc. May be required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl for significant periods of time and be able to safely lift 50 pounds on a routine basis. He/she must be able to operate office equipment, telephone, and computer and reach with hands and arms.
- Occasional field work possible to include hiking in uneven terrain, with exposure to the elements.
- Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements:
Participation and Expedition Behavior:
- Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences.
- Contribute to a safe learning environment, no harassment of others for any reason.
- Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training, and national service.
- Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues, and organization staff.
- Appropriately represent the program and AmeriCorps to the public and partners at all times.
- Flexibility, adaptability, and capacity to work in a fluid working environment
Safety and Judgment:
- Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance.
- Effectively perceive, understand, and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute techniques to manage hazards.
- Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
- If taking prescriptions medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.
A DOI background clearance must be completed before the selected candidate may report to duty. The BLM will provide instructions for completion of the clearance after an intern has been selected and will notify them when they have been cleared to start the internship. This process will determine the internship’s exact start date.
Interns will have access to government facilities and systems, and will be supplied with access to gov’t vehicles, equipment, and materials needed to work on the projects and activities as outlined above. Interns must adhere to all government regulations and policies for operating equipment, vehicles, security awareness, and safety.
- In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property.
To Apply: Please submit an updated resume and cover letter along with the online application at corpsnm.org/individual-placement-openings. If you have questions, contact CCNM’s Individual Placement Support Coordinator SamJean Simmons at email@example.com.
For more information about Conservation Corps New Mexico, please visit www.corpsnm.org. Conservation Corps New Mexico is a program of Conservation Legacy.
This position is located at Bureau Of Land Management Taos Office 1024 Paseo del Pueblo Sur Taos, NM 87571, Taos. View the Google Map in full screen.