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Public Services Program Resource Assistant

Great Basin Institute
Job Field:
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Job Type:
Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
Location Detail:
Job Description:

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with Eldorado National Forest (Placerville, CA) is recruiting a Public Services Program Resource Assistant (RA) to support various aspects of the Forest’s Public Services Program’s schedule of work. The RA will support Forest staff with a variety of tasks, such as special uses administration, recreation site management/planning, OHV grant management, INFRA Rec site/trails updates, visitor information services, volunteer coordination, Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) project support, and other related tasks.

This position support mission critical programs of work and is supported through the Forest Service Resource Assistants Program (RAP). RAP participants who successfully complete their appointment will receive a Direct Hire Authority (DHA) certificate. The DHA certificate allows the individual to be appointed into a permanent Forest Service position, ideally related to the focus of their RAP appointment and with the Forest that hosted the participant. For more information about this program, please visit the USFS’s RAP website.



Technical requirements:

- Bachelor’s degree (required) or higher education and relevant coursework in recreation/ wilderness management, natural resources, biological sciences, social sciences, GIS or other related fields or equivalent field experience;

- Work experience in recreation operations, such as maintaining campgrounds or day use areas, working in visitor centers, trail crew member, etc. (required);

- Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, in a professional setting (required);

- Familiarity with use of various computer programs/systems, such as Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Office, Special Uses Data System (SUDS), Natural Resource Manager (NRM), ArcMap, etc. or the demonstrated ability to learn;

- Experience using a GPS unit and/or USGS topographic maps and a compass to navigate;

- Prior experience utilizing ArcGIS software, desirable but not required;

- Experience writing project reports and/or presenting technical data in an organized and understandable manner;

Additional requirements:

- Experience in providing visitor information and/or conducting interpretive education programs related to recreating on public lands (preferred);

- Demonstrated ability to be open to learning new skills, as well as ability to follow-through by utilizing those skills;

- Organizational skills to effectively plan and complete assigned workload within defined timelines;

- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, sometimes in remote environment; and,

- Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record.


Primary Responsibilities:

- Assist with program management reporting for public services, such as: INFRA database updates for trails and recreation sites, OHV Grant accomplishment reports and payment request packages, National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM), partner agreement project accomplishments, and wilderness stewardship/character monitoring.

- Develop public education and outreach articles, social media posts, recreation opportunity guides, interpretive signs, and other products on recreation-related topics of local interest.

- Work with recreation staff, landscape architect, and/or public information officer to develop materials and deliver products to interested public following Forest Service standards.

- Assists with special use authorization administration, including: screening proposals, inspections, billing, renewal, terminations, revocations, or suspensions and completing appropriate documentation to support action.

- Assist with administration of the Forest Service and concession recreation site management.

- Conduct recreation site inspections, real property inventories, gather and summarize visitor comments and route for any needed response, update recreation site opening/closing dates, and assist District staff, as requested.

- Assist with facility page management and updates.

- Facilitate Visitor Information Service staff updates for current information and status of various public service program areas, such as: recreation site status, special events, weather conditions, fire or other emergency information impacting visitors, etc.

- Serve as a backup for staffing visitor centers and/or phone lines to provide information to visiting public.

- Assist Program Manager with Grants and Agreements administration by assisting with drafting agreement instrument, financial plan, scope of work, invoice review, and project accomplishment reports. Assists District staff with scheduling of Forest-wide partner crews/staffing and needed logistics to complete project work.


- 26-week appointment beginning September 20, 2021 – late March, 2022

- Full time (40 hours/week)

$17.50/hr ($700/week)



o Stipend: $1,000/month

o Onsite housing may be provided

Commuter Stipend: $50/month

Eligibility for the RAP Direct Hire and Noncompetitive Hiring Eligibility authorities for 2 years after successful completion of the program

Paid personal leave and holidays

Medical, dental, and vision insurance available at no cost

Opportunity to participate in numerous trainings and workshops

How to Apply:

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