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AmeriCorps USFS Range Technician


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San Juan National Forest Bayfield Ranger District, 367 Pearl Street, Bayfield, Colorado

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Title: AmeriCorps USFS Range Technician
Start: June 3, 2024 – August 23, 2024
Stipend: $760 per week living stipend paid on a bi-weekly basis
Term: 12 weeks, 40 hours a week
Location: Based out of the San Juan National Forest Ranger District Bayfield, CO
Status:  450-hour AmeriCorps Service Term  
Schedule: Individual Placement AmeriCorps members service hours typically follow Monday - Friday service schedule but may include weekends or evenings based on the specific needs of the service site. 
Benefits:  AmeriCorps Education Award $1,824.07 after successful completion and access to Member Assistant Program 
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) which operated from 1933 – 1942. SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects primarily 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).       
Program Overview:  
The United States Forest Service has an overall mission of “Caring for the Land and Serving People.” The San Juan National Forest encompasses about 1.8 million acres in the beautiful southwestern corner of Colorado. From high-desert mesas to alpine peaks, these federal lands are managed by the USDA Forest Service for multiple uses. Visitors are asked to respect each other and the natural resources while recreating on the hundreds of miles of trails. The Pagosa Ranger District manages 585,770 acres of the San Juan National Forest in Archuleta, Mineral, Hinsdale, Conejos, and Rio Grande counties. 
The Rangeland Management Program cares and manages rangeland resources on National Forest System Lands. Rangeland Management within the Forest Service collets and analyzes data to make informed decisions on the state and health of rangeland resources. This program collaborates directly with livestock producers who hold grazing permits on the forest as well as other disciplines within the agency. The Individual Placement (IP) will assist the program with invasive species control, build and/or maintain range improvements, and inventory and monitor rangeland resources. Range improvements are critical infrastructure to proactively manage livestock on the allotments as well as providing water sources for local wildlife. Inventory and monitoring helps inform management actions in making decisions that ultimately support a sustainable and ecological based program.
Essential Roles and Responsibilities Include: 
Invasive Species Control
• Assist supervisor with noxious week control through herbicide application, mechanical control, or biological control
• Identify targeted noxious weed species for control
• Collect geo-spatial and tabular data associated with treatments
Repair and Maintain Range Infrastructure 
• Assist supervisor with maintenance needs on range infrastructure including fence lines, and spring developments
• Use hand and power tools to complete service activities
Inventory and Monitoring Rangeland Resources
• Use appropriate monitoring techniques for data collection
• Collect data in both electronic and hardcopy format
Preferred Qualifications or a Strong Desire to Grow in the Following:  
• College during or credits in Natural Resource Management
• Off highway Vehicle (OHV) operation
• Experience with herbicide application
• Data collection and organization
• Farm or ranch experience
• Horse/stock handling
Training Provided:  
• OHV operation, hand tool use, plant identification
Potential Environmental or Human Risk Involved:
• OHV usage, hiking on uneven terrain with heavy backpack, mixing and applying pesticides, changing weather conditions at high elevations
Housing Provided: Yes
General Requirements:  
• Received or on track to receive high school diploma or GED  
• Valid U.S Driver's License  
• Per grant funding, candidate must be 18-30 years of age, up to 35 years of age if veteran status 
• U.S. citizen, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Resident 
• Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks
Apply Now!  
To apply, please submit an updated resume and letter of interest along with the online application.  
Contact Niki Antonio with any questions | 
Conservation Legacy strives to create a diverse workplace and an inclusive culture to give more people the chance to experience the outdoors and improve our shared outdoor spaces. Conservation Legacy encourages applicants from all backgrounds to apply for this position. We are deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Conservation Legacy is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.
*Internship is dependent on grant funding*

This position is located at San Juan National Forest Bayfield Ranger District, 367 Pearl Street, Bayfield, CO. View the Google Map in full screen.