Title: Coconino Trails Strike Team (2 positions)
Start/End Date: April 26, 2021 – October 22, 2021 (anticipated)
Term: 26 weeks
Reports To: Pat McGervey (USFS Recreation & Wilderness Staff for Flagstaff District, USFS)
Location: USFS Flagstaff Ranger Station (5075 N. Highway 89, Flagstaff, AZ 86004)
Status: 900-hour AmeriCorps Service Term
Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award $3,097.50, Public Lands Corps Certificate*; both with successful completion of the internship.
*To be eligible for a Public Lands Corps certificate, interns must be between the ages of 18 – 30, inclusive, at the time the individual begins the term of service.
Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC) is partnering with the Coconino National Forest to provide a 26-week
paid professional opportunity to take place throughout the Coconino NF, focused on trail maintenance and construction activities on the Flagstaff Ranger District. Those activities will include the construction and maintenance of motorized, non-motorized, and wilderness trails around the Flagstaff Area. The intern will learn skills and techniques and will use a variety of tools to perform these activities. The intern will function in a crew setting of up to 5 members and will help lead volunteers in basic tasks. No housing is available for this position.
The primary objective of this position will be serving as a member of the trail’s maintenance team, to maintain, repair, and build trails throughout the Forest Service unit to ensure protection of wildlife habitat and water quality in addition to improving recreational access to forest lands.
All tasks will have COVID-19 mitigation strategies to reduce the spread in the local community. The intern must be willing to adhere to current CDC standards, in addition to USFS/Coconino National Forest and Conservation Legacy COVID-19 Policies and Procedures.
Essential Responsibilities and Functions:
• Serve as a member on a trails maintenance team to maintain, repair, and build trails throughout the Forest to ensure protection of wildlife habitat and water quality in addition to improving recreational access to forest lands.
• Build trails with gravel and associated materials, restore impacted areas, and replace signage as needed.
• Prepare construction materials, ensure proper tool maintenance, and report work completed.
• Plan and implement the logistics of projects associated with trail maintenance and reconstruction projects. Perform trail log, condition, and prescription surveys.
• Explain regulations concerning trail maintenance that are specific to the Wilderness Act. Inspect assigned areas to determine compliance with regulations or specifications.
• Oversee routine maintenance of trails at dispersed recreation sites including cleanup and naturalizing.
• Interact with Forest visitors and provide education regarding trail maintenance and cleanup when assigned.
• Familiarity with a variety of hand tools like Pulaski’s, shovels, McLeod’s, etc.
• Ability to engage and interact with the public in a professional manner while wearing a U.S. Forest Service uniform.
• Knowledge of procedures for constructing, cleaning, and maintaining recreation areas, facilities, and trails to ensure recreation areas are safe and aesthetically pleasing to visitors.
• Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certified is preferred.
• Applicants must pass a criminal history background check and should possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.
• The individual is required to sit, stand, walk, speak, hear, etc. May be required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl for significant periods of time and be able to safely lift 50 pounds on a routine basis.
• Ability to hike over rough terrain for up to 8 hours in difficult conditions.
• Ability to work, backpack, and live in varied outdoor conditions including adverse weather.
• Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
About Arizona Conservation Corps
Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC):
Arizona Conservation Corps, a program of Conservation Legacy, aims to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's. AZCC is focused on connecting youth, young adults, and recent era military veterans with conservation service work projects on public lands. AZCC operates programs across Arizona that engage individuals and strengthen communities through service and conservation. AZCC has program offices in Flagstaff and Tucson. For more information about Arizona Conservation Corps, please visit www.azcorps.org.