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Range and Recreation Management Resource Assistant


Non-Americorps Crew/ IP

Job Location

Fredonia, Arizona

Tracking Code


Position Type


Kaibab National Forest – North Kaibab Ranger District


Term of positions is 52 weeks; full-time 40 hrs/wk


Fredonia, AZ


$18.75/Hour pre-tax), plus $1000 monthly housing allowance (pre-tax) ($250 per week)

Start Date:

July 8th or August 5, 2024 (Based on Selected Candidate Availability) 

Application Due Date:

Preference given to applicants that submit application by at least six weeks prior to start date.

Position Title

Range and Recreation Management 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.


The Resource Assistant will support the Kaibab National Forest North Zone in Range and Recreation Special Uses. The greatest reward and challenge of this position is working with two different departments that allow the Resource Assistant to learn about one department that is part of Stewardship and one department that is part of Public Services of the US Forest Service. This will come with challenges such as maintaining communication with two different program leads and managing a complex work schedule.


Range Management involves monitoring grassland and forest health for the use of permittees and for ecosystem health. Permittees include private individuals, businesses, and non-profits who are authorized to use public lands for grazing under certain conditions. Range is great for someone interested in ecology, sustainable land use, and/or animals.


Special Uses is the management of most commercial uses of National Forest Lands, such as outfitters and guides, recreation events, commercial filming, communication sites, utility lines, education centers, resorts, and much more. This professional internship requires a skillful and confident applicant with attention to detail, strong scheduling and executive functioning skills, and customer service focus, who can manage a busy workload and seeks learning opportunities with the support of permanent staff. This position will focus on processing minor special land l uses including filming research, and short term recreation activities.


This position is not virtual. Major Duties involve performing and completing developmental assignments that support broad natural resource functions intended to expand the employee’s understanding of concepts, underlying principles, and program requirements. Work assignments provide the trainee opportunities to communicate with the public regarding the agency’s management practices, program information, rules, and regulations.
This position will perform work at the equivalent of a GS-5 to GS-7 position in the federal service (visit for more information).


Position Responsibilities will include:

Range Monitoring

  • Assist resource staff on range use supervision
  • Range readiness reviews, range improvement inspections
  • Conduct compliance inspections
  • Conduct range monitoring on Forest vegetation
  • Collect and enter data, use mobile applications, and maintain field equipment
  • Hard copy permit file and electronic record keeping
  • Billing support
  • Correspondence with permit holders
  • Inspection and monitoring of permit areas


Recreation Special Uses:
• Learning and utilizing the special uses database system (SUDS)
• Hard copy permit file and electronic record keeping
• Billing support
• Correspondence with permit holders
• Inspection and monitoring of permit areas
• Processing applications, creation of authorization documents
• Becoming knowledgeable in related policy and regulations
• Assistance with the environmental review process (NEPA)

• Works with Federal and local law enforcement agencies to ensure compliance with federal laws, reporting all identified violations of law or regulations

·        Convey Special Uses Screening Criteria, Forest Service Handbook/Manual, Forest Plans, and the Code of Federal Regulations to permit applicants, ensuring compliance

    • Work with skilled technicians and professionals to:
    • Learn and use various information databases that monitor recreation resources program activities
    • Process special use applications
    • Perform on-the-ground investigations for site suitability inspections
    • Administer special authorization for recreation events, concessionaire operations, and special use permits

·          Performs additional duties as assigned. May:

    • Set up game cameras and/or take pictures while hiking/driving
    • Use Survey 123 to enter data
    • Converse with the public
    • Care for horses



Minimum Requirements:

·        Must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable by Conservation Legacy (over 21 years old or drivers license for at least three years).

·        Skill in using current desktop publishing software and equipment technology applicable to electronic and print publication procedures and word processing, including experience in Microsoft Office and Adobe software.

·        Formal knowledge of basic principles, concepts and methodology of Natural Resources/public lands management as would typically be acquired through a bachelor's degree program within the profession in which the work is to be performed.

·        Ability to gather and verify facts, ask questions, and to develop information that is clear and meaningful to the intended audience.

·        Ability to review and/or edit reports prepared by others and to ensure that material conveys information that the writer intended, and that areas of misunderstanding or ambiguities are eliminated.

  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, to effectively convey program information to the public and permit applicants
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills to develop plan ahead and develop a schedule with two supervisors in different program areas. These skills will also benefit work in inventory and monitoring, processing permits, update databases, and handling administrative tasks such as billing
  • Ability to work collaboratively with skilled technicians, professionals, and stakeholders, as well as interact effectively with permittees and enforcement organizations
  • Willingness to learn, take on new challenges, and contribute to a team environment, as well as the ability to work independently when necessary
  • Some positions may require the ability to perform fieldwork in outdoor environments, including hiking, navigating rough terrain, and conducting site inspections
  • Enthusiasm for working with both people and hooved animals in the outdoors
  • Driver’s License and ability to learn trailer towing
  • Ability to work independently or in small teams. Skill and knowledge gained through additional work experience, that provides the ability to perform
    recurring assignments independently.
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • US Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident
  • Must be able to obtain at least a post-secondary degree by end of program (Associate’s or Higher)
  • Must be 18 years or older.



Preferred Qualifications:

·        Major studies relevant to this position: environmental science, social science, biology, recreation, public policy, forestry, natural resources, and similar

  • Experience in either Recreation operations and procedures or Range and/or Horsemanship
  • Interest in public lands stewardship and impacts mitigation
  • Customer service or public service experience
  • Dirty jobs experience is a plus, as this indicates a willingness to be around stock animals (range) and toilets (recreation)
  • Customer service, paperwork or similar permitting experience, strong writing skills, and experience with interpreting policy





·        $50/monthly commuting allowance. (pre-tax)

·        $5,500.00 Professional Development and Travel fund.

·        On-the-job training related to position responsibilities.

  • History and Orientation to Range and Grassland Management
  • First Aid/CPR (applies to all work plan activities)
  • Orientation to local hazards (weather, terrain, bugs and plants) (applies to all work plan activities)
  • Camera operations
  • Plant identification
  • Hand tool usage
  • Eligible for Health Benefits after 60 days of employment
  • $1,000/month housing allowance. (pre-tax, $250 per week)



*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 as well as a Direct Hire Authority for FS Career positions.


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.


Application Questions: Please contact Roddy Cobb Jr. at for any questions.


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, political affiliation, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during application or recruiting process, please send a request to the hiring manager.


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