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Outdoor Recreation Specialist Resource Assistant


Individual Placement/Internships

Job Location

300 E Hwy 260, Camp Verde, Arizona

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Prescott National Forest, Verde Ranger DistrictOutdoor Recreation Resource Assistant


Term of positions is 32 weeks; full-time 40 hrs./wk.


Prescott National Forest (300 E Hwy 260 Camp Verde, AZ 86322)

Living Allowance:

$18.75/hour + $1000/month housing allowance

Start Date:

Target start date Is April 1, 2023

Application Due Date:

Preference given to applicants that submit application by 2/3/2023

Title of Position

Recreation Specialist Resource Assistant


Position Details

Stewards Individual Placement Program (Stewards) provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Participants work with federal agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofits building institutional capacity, developing community relationships, and supporting ecosystem health.


Stewards is partnering with Prescott National Forest to provide a 32-week paid, professional Recreation Specialist Assistant opportunity. The Resource Assistant (RA) will support both developed and dispersed recreation in an extremely engaged community focused on Sustainable Recreation with a focus on Dispersed Recreation opportunities like river access, trails (non-motorized) and wilderness and other dispersed recreation activities like OHV, dispersed camping and recreational shooting.

No housing is available for this position. 


Stewards and Prescott National Forest are committed to creating a diverse environment and diverse applicants with relevant education or experience are encouraged to apply.


Essential Responsibilities and Functions:

  • Assist with Coordination with Landscape Architect, staff, partners.
    • Work with Supervisor to assist information gathering for various site amenities and cost estimates to inform contract development
    • Research recreation signing needs
    • Assist with any field data gathering needs from staff.
  • Assist with Mingus Campground surveys to submit to REC.GOV for inclusion into the Reservation System.
    • Research Process for submitting to Rec. GOV
    • Gather Field Data
    • Assist with data input and coordination with staff and Rec.GOV
  • Volunteer coordination / Event Planning / Trail Construction
    • Coordinate with Volunteer Staff/
    • Work with existing Volunteer Trails group
    • Plan several large events (Mostly trails related)

Required Skills:


Physical Requirements:

  • The work includes performing physical labor in administrative areas, developed recreation sites and general forest areas. Walking on uneven terrain, exposure to adverse weather, insects, and animals (domestic/wild) is expected. 
  • 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 and be able to safely lift 40 pounds.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • College graduate or college student working towards a degree in Natural Resources Management, Recreation, or related field 
  • Passion for recreation management
  • Past experience or educational background in natural resource management
  • Effective communication skills with all ages and diverse audiences.
  • Ability to work both independently and with others collaboratively on projects.
  • Deep interest in natural resource management/recreation and respect for nature. 
  • A desire to gain a deeper understanding and relationship with outdoor recreation and understand what it takes to manage our country's natural settings.
  • 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.
  • Ability to learn and work with agency computers and programs, i.e., Microsoft Office Suite of Programs, Excel spreadsheets, performing data entry.
  • Applicants must pass a criminal history background check.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license for at least three years or be over 21 years old with a clean driving record.
  • Must provide personal transportation to and from office.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated excellent work ethic
  • Positive attitude
  • Aptitude for basic computer programs




  • $1000/month housing allowance (pre-tax)
  • $50/monthly commuting reimbursement. (pre-tax)
  • $2750.00 Professional Development and Training fund.
  • Eligible for USFS Direct Hire Authority upon completion of 960 hours
  • Health Insurance eligible.
  • Mentorship for career and professional development.
  • Training specific to position


How to Apply:
Apply on-line at:  In addition to your resume, please submit a one-page cover letter highlighting why you are interested in this position and how your background and experience will help you succeed in this position.


*The USFS Resource Assistant Program (RAP) is a rigorous, immersive, paid internship providing developmental and training opportunities for individuals interested in learning more about Forest Service careers. After completing a minimum of 960 hours of satisfactory work and an associate degree, RA’s may acquire a two-year certificate of noncompetitive hiring eligibility. The certificate enables participants to apply to internal merit announcements for qualifying permanent General Schedule FS positions.


Please contact Roddy Cobb at with any questions.


Stewards Individual Placements Program does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

This position is located at 300 E Hwy 260, Camp Verde, AZ. View the Google Map in full screen.