Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit - South Lake Tahoe, California

VOEDA Interpretative Ranger

As a leader in recreation excellence and a center for training new employees, The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) serves as a Valuing Outdoor Experiences Demonstration Area (VOEDA). As part of the VOEDA Field Ranger Program, the RA fellow will represent the Forest Service (FS) at highly visible public events and contact locations bringing with them a full portfolio of resource, recreation and interpretive materials and providing ranger-led education and citizen stewardship opportunities. In addition, the fellow will expand developing partnerships with local businesses and nonprofits to connect with people and communities to deliver environmental awareness and stewardship messages. Some of the main tasks and goals include: 

  • To increase an understanding of FS programs, land ethics and recreation opportunities for the Latino communities in the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond.
  • To increase public sensitivity and responsibility at Lake Tahoe through awareness gained by engaging with “Eco Teams”.
  • To have a measurable number of contacts and programs and to qualify the contacts with a meaningful accomplishment report.
  • Design and implement a minimum of 5 events and 10 programs
  • Create an accomplishment report at the end of the fellowship.
  • Create a resource guide for others to be able to replicate the programs.


  • Ability to lead groups on interpretive hikes, walks and talks
  • Ability to speak to a variety of audiences in informal and formal settings to engage diverse communities to “¡descubre el bosque!” (“discover the forest!”),
  • Spanish language fluency would be desired
  • Ability to use computer programs such as Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher); Website Design; InDesign/Adobe Photoshop; accomplishment reporting; web-based applications; social media.  
  • Ability to create visual aids for environmental education programs.
  • Knowledge of and ability to perform some field work such as trail building, backpacking, or facilities maintenance. In addition, intern may lead snowshoeing, snowboarding or ski tours; guided hikes or speaking at outdoor events.
  • Ability to work on a variety of different projects with changing priorities.
  • Driver’s licence will be needed to operate government vehicles
  • Last but not least, Passionate about the outdoors and willingness to share that passion with others!  


Housing will not be provided. We strongly encourage local students to apply.


While a driver’s licence is required, a personal vehicle is not needed. The workplace is accessible by public transportation.