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USFS Recreation Ranger Crew Lead Individual Placement


Crew Leader Positions (21+ years old)

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Telluride / Norwood, Colorado

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Title: USFS Recreation Ranger Crew Lead Individual Placement

Start/End Date: May 15th, 2023 – November 3rd, 2023

Salary: $850/week 

Reports To: US Forest Service

Location:  Telluride/Norwood, Colorado

Benefits: Health benefit eligible. Forest Service housing is expected to be available in Norwood, CO. Applicant is responsible for paying monthly rent at government provided barracks (estimated to be $180-$200/month). Applicant can choose to provide their own housing. Telluride, CO is a ski resort town, so local rental prices range anywhere from $1,000-$3,000/month for a 1-bedroom/shared living situation. Norwood, CO has more affordable rental prices, but there are limited options.

Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy, that is built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that operated from 1933 – 1942. SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects on public lands. While serving with SCC, members receive training on job skills, conflict resolution, leadership, teamwork, and environmental stewardship. Programs are developed using a step ladder approach to provide a progression of skill development based on a member’s needs. Members receive a weekly living allowance, training, and an AmeriCorps Education Award (for qualifying individuals).     

The Southwest Conservation Corps’ Individual Placement team will help the US Forest Service carry out its mission of “caring for the land and serving people.” These individuals will be part of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forest, Recreation Ranger Program. This program’s primarily goal is to interact with the visiting public with an all-inclusive mission to enhance each visitor’s experience on their shared public land. These individuals will be collecting quantifiable data on a daily basis at high-use recreation sites. The overall goal of the Rec Ranger Program is to provide information to the public on how to disperse their use in the Telluride Area, which is already very heavily impacted by tourists and recreationists.

Required Skills

Essential functions and responsibilities of this position include:

  • Leading a crew of 3-4 SCC Individual Placements. This includes developing crew schedules and check-in/check-out procedures for the crew, coordinating vehicles for pick-up/drop-off when necessary, tracking crew member hours
  • Scheduling programs and being involved at local Farmers Market/public library events for the Town of Telluride, the Town of Norwood, and the Town of Mountain Village
  • Integrate values pertaining to DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) within the corps
  • Collecting data on the number of physical contacts, vehicles, number of people on specific trails, maps given out, citations/warning issued, site destinations, trash collected, restrooms serviced, etc.
  • Keep detailed daily logs of activities/programs accomplished, number of contacts made, pounds of trash collected, bathrooms cleaned, miles of trail hiked, etc.
  • Making public contacts/citations for violations of camping stay limits, leaving fires unattended, etc.
  • Developing an end-of-season Rec Ranger Report which highlights accomplishments and data collected
  • The primary focus of the job is visitor services, which mean talking and interacting with the public day in and day out
  • Assist in projects that include cleaning bathrooms, picking up trash, cleaning up rock fire rings, digging holes, installing signs, and painting
  • Expect to work on the same projects and data collection as the crew. This includes cleaning bathrooms on a regular basis
  • Good record-keeping and data collection skills. Expect to enter in weekly data into an Excel spreadsheet
  • Adapt to ever-changing priorities in any given work week-expect to work weekends
  • Wearing a uniform is required
  • This position reports to the Forest Service Recreation Manager on the Norwood Ranger District, Krystina Smith
  • Must be willing to follow and enforce all SCC policies, maintain professional boundaries, and appropriately represent SCC. This includes creating a substance free work environment, refraining from the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and drugs while involved in the program

Trainings provided with this position: (Some trainings dependent upon availability):

  • Training day with Forest Protection Officer on the forest (Leighton Stone) to help provide data on citations/violations of Forest Orders
  • CPR/First Aid Class
  • Possibility to cross train with other departments (i.e. trails crew, range, wildlife, etc.)
  • Wilderness monitoring surveys

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Individuals should be outgoing and enjoy speaking with and educating the public on a variety of topics
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and professional/soft skills
  • Familiarity with word processing software (i.e., Microsoft Word & Excel spreadsheets)
  • High School diploma or GED certificate
  • Exhibits the ability to effectively work on diverse teams or with a variety of populations, including those underrepresented at our organization and those of BIPOC communities
  • Must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable by SCC + USFS) and a current driver’s license
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

The successful applicant must be self-motivated and able to work primarily in a team setting and independently when necessary. 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.  A valid driver’s license and a good driving record are required for this position. Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be performed.

Required Experience

To Apply:  

Upload resume, cover letter and complete the online application:  

Any questions can be addressed to: Mike King,

Conservation Legacy is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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