Truckee Meadows Park Foundation (TMPF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, in partnership with the US Forest Service and National Forest Foundation (NFF), is seeking one Forest Ambassador to work in the Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forest (HTNF) Carson District. This opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic, organized, young professional to work in a variety of duties, including education and outreach, on the ground improvements, and data collection of user related resource-impacts.
The Forest Ambassador scope of work falls into three program areas: public education and outreach, resource stewardship, and data collection. The primary goal of public education and outreach is to engage with National Forest visitors to provide education related to responsible and sustainable recreational use while visiting the HTNF Carson District. Outreach activities include tabling and roving at high-use areas, trail patrols, resource monitoring, event staffing, and educational events.
Forest Ambassadors will also work with the HTNF to complete stewardship activities including on-the-ground improvements such as trail maintenance, signage improvements, habitat protection, fencing, litter patrols, and vegetation rehabilitation. The Ambassadors work both autonomously and alongside project partners to accomplish objectives established by the U.S. Forest Service and NFF.
While on rounds throughout the District, the Forest Ambassadors will conduct data collection of user-related resource impacts. Two primary forms this takes include dispersed campsites and social trails. Forest Ambassadors will document the location and intensity of these features, identify associated resource impacts, and provide the data needed to improve long-term management of high-use areas.
Required for Position:
Candidate must be US Citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts
Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
Hold a valid driver’s license
Willing and able to represent TMPF and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner
Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
Proven ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group
Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals and the general public.
A strong educational and personal interest in interpretation, recreation, natural resources, or other related fields
Interest in public land management
Must be able to take initiative and work independently, as well as participate effectively in collaborative efforts
Ability to work outside in varying climatic conditions.
A commitment to safety designated safety practices and personal protective equipment
Experience tabling outreach events
Comfortable educating the public on forest use, such as fire risk reduction, leave no traces principles, importance of watershed resources and infrastructure
Collection of Geospatial data
Reading, writing, and speaking competency in Spanish language
Compensation and Benefits
The Forest Ambassador will work independently or in small teams as required by task. The Forest Ambassador will work full-time (40 hours/week) for a 6 month term. The work schedule will be designed so the Forest Ambassador is on the ground during peak usage - weekends and holidays. Roughly 80% of Forest Ambassador time will be focused on the outlined geographic areas, with 20% available for work in additional areas for professional development opportunities. The candidate should anticipate serving 40 hours/week including weekends and will receive $30/hour.
If you are unable to complete the application process contact us for an accommodation or alternative application process.
Send resume and cover letter to Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation at: email@example.com. For questions, call 775-453-0278, or visit www.tmparksfoundation.org for more information.
Diversity Equity and Inclusion:
For the Parks Foundation, our mission will never be fulfilled until systemic racism is addressed and people of color and marginalized communities are safe to explore and enjoy the parks we all hold dear. There are layers upon layers of injustice and while we may not be able to address them all, we will do what we can to eliminate these barriers.
Internally, we also know there's a lot more we can be doing to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion on our team. Countless studies indicate teams made up of folks from different backgrounds make a stronger difference in communities and make an impact in each others' lives. We continue to embrace opportunities for growth as we learn through engagement with all communities in Northern Nevada.