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ACE EPIC USFS: Recreation Program & Volunteer Coordinator
American Conservation Experience in Laramie, Wyoming
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Date Posted 02/12/2020
Philanthropy-Program Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

American Conservation Experience & The Corps Network

USFS Recreation Program & Volunteer Coordinator

Resource Assistant Program


American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Medicine Bow National Forest in Laramie, Wyoming, is seeking a Recreation Program & Volunteer Coordinator for 39 weeks to assist the Forest Service staff in the completion of mission-critical work that demonstrates leadership, critical thinking, and strategic communication.

Through collaboration, training, and mentorship, resource assistants gain the tools to launch their natural and cultural resource careers. The United States Forest Service Resource Assistants Program (RAP) is a rigorous and immersive, paid opportunity for individuals interested in Forest Service careers.

RAP seeks to engage highly motivated candidates through these program objectives:

  • Instill stewardship values in the next generation of natural and cultural resource management professionals.

  • Expand and enhance the capacity of the Forest Service to accomplish mission-critical work and high-priority projects.

  • Attract and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce to support the Forest Service's mission to "sustain the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations."

Start Date: May 20, 2019 (9 month commitment required)

End Date: January 25, 2020

Location: Medicine Bow National Forest - Laramie Ranger District, Laramie, Wyoming

The Laramie Ranger District consists of approximately 400,000 acres in Albany and Carbon County, Wyoming. The district offers year-round recreation opportunities, from snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and X-country skiing in the winter to rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, horseback riding in the summer. Elevations on the District range from about 7,200 feet to over 12,000 feet. Vegetation varies from sagebrush-grasslands at the lower elevations to mixed conifer forests of pine, spruce, fir and aspen in the upper elevations. Wildlife is abundant, with antelope, elk, moose, mule deer, and white-tailed deer being the most common larger species.

The district offices are located in Laramie, WY, home to the University of Wyoming. The community has a population of 30,000+, and was ranked 22nd on Livability's (https://livability.com/best-places/top-100-best-places-to-live/2019/wy/laramie) 2019 Top 100 Best Places to Live.

Project Background and Objectives:

The Recreation Program & Volunteer Coordinator assists the Recreation and Communications staff with volunteer events, projects and administrative/communications duties in relation to volunteer and outreach initiatives.

For more information on The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland, please visit: http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/mbr/.

For more information about ACE and the EPIC program, please visit www.usaconservation.org.


$720/wk living allowance (Stipend). Typical work week will be 8-10 hours/day, 4-5 days/week. Frequent weekend work required for volunteer projects, may work some weekends and evenings.

$1,500 will be available for approved training/professional development.

$1,000 will be available to help cover relocation expenses.

$250/month will be available for approved medical insurance coverage (it's the member's responsibility to find their own insurance).

RAP Hiring Authority: After completing and meeting program requirements, participants may become eligible for the RAP direct hire authority through a 2-year certificate of eligibility.


Provided by the agency: a fully furnished apartment with utilities (internet, phone or tv not included) for $220/mo (Forest Service will be paying $500/mo; members will sign a lease and be accountable for any changes in condition during their stay).



Position Description:

The resource assistant will perform field and office work functions in a responsible manner; typical duties include but are not limited to:


  • Ability to administer and execute volunteer field work days for registered program volunteers and a variety of external user groups.

  • Assists the recreation staff and public affairs staff in planning, coordinating and executing various trainings for registered volunteers.

  • Creates a central system to follow protocol for volunteer agreements, volunteer contact list, and email and documents volunteer and partner activities, including weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly documentation and reporting.

  • Works with staff to identify opportunities for volunteers to assist with the implementation of trail maintenance, developed recreation, and public communication needs.

  • Coordinates and oversees volunteer groups in the completion of recreation-based improvement projects.

  • Assists recreation staff in surveying logistics of proposed projects; uses a digital camera to photograph projects and volunteers working to document progress.

  • Using hand tools to assist in projects including installing signs, trash pickup, decommissioning of unsustainable trails, blocking closed roads as needed.


Training Provided:

Generous professional development allowance, opportunities for paid work travel, training sessions, and conferences. Also, opportunities to network with U.S. Forest Service field rangers and professionals.


Applicants should have Bachelor's degree in the areas of specialization in environmental science, ecology, landscape architecture, park and recreation management, planning, or related discipline preferred, from an accredited college or university, or equivalent. Candidates with Master's Degrees and an interest in a career in public lands management are strongly encouraged to apply. Resumes and cover letters must show detailed key project experiences.


  • Since this position requires driving, members must be 21+ and have a valid driver's license, clean driving record.

  • Be US citizens AND have a willingness to undergo a federal criminal background.

  • Possess a high fitness level and an interest in camping, with potential for backcountry work trips.

  • Willing and able to work flexible hours, weekends, holidays and evenings as needed.

  • Ability to exhibit a teamwork approach that recognizes contribution of all employees/volunteers and work cooperatively with others.

  • Proficiency in software programs including all Microsoft Office programs (Outlook E-mail, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), cloud-based software and smartphone/tablet apps.

  • Ability to be a self-starter and creative thinker with an interest in learning new skills.

  • Ability to express themselves clearly in oral and written communications.

  • Ability to adapt to changing conditions and priorities, while demonstrating strong organizational skills, people skills and communication skills.

  • Experience with and/or ability to learn using a GPS unit, database management and ArcGIS software.

  • Perform regular maintenance and organization of specific recreation tools and cache.



  • Previous recreation experience: trail skills/building, recreation site maintenance experience.

  • Previous volunteer coordination experience.

  • Related recreation certificates certifications preferred (trail building, Wilderness First Responder, USFS S212 Chainsaw, Completion of professional workshops, course, or equivalent).

  • Ability to walk up to three miles on unimproved surfaces while carrying up to 45 lbs. in pack weight.

  • Demonstrated ability to use basic hand tools, including shovels, rakes, saws and picks.


The member must be willing to represent ACE and the Forest Service in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.

**This position is subject to change/close at any time**

To Apply:

Please submit a resume, cover letter and 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section, located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here: https://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/


Early consideration will be given as applications are received. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE USFS Division Director George Grygar at ggrygar@usaconservation.org

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