USFS Rocky Mountain Region - Lakewood, Colorado - Idaho Springs, Colorado

Field Ranger and Outreach Coordinator

The Field Ranger and Outreach Coordinator will serve as an ambassador for the US Forest Service and Mt. Evans National Forest and the Denver Metro Area, acting as an informational and educational contact for visitors. Additionally, the selected Field Ranger should engage visitors in meaningful dialogue about the importance of their local public lands.

Work weeks in this position will be divided between two locations:  5 days in the Regional Office and then 3 days in the Regional Office and 2 weekend days on Mt. Evans during the field season (May through September).

Some of the main tasks at the Regional Office include:

  • Ensure access to information and increase participation of veterans and indigenous communities
  • Help plan and execute National Public Lands Day activities throughout the Region
  • Support field engagement in National Get Outdoors Day and related year-round outreach opportunities in Denver, particularly tailored to the metro area’s Latino population, youth, and families
  • Represent the Forest Service at environmental and Conservation Education events at area K-12 schools, colleges, and universities
  • Organize and monitor Every Kid in a Park pass distribution. Also schedule and participate in Woodsy Owl appearances
  • Identify barriers to engaging youth and families with public lands and nearby nature recreation and stewardship opportunities, help find creative and collaborative solutions
  • Assist staff with a variety of data collection, outreach design projects, and monitoring activities (including writing success stories, story maps, and/or infographics across a wide range of program areas)    

Some of the main tasks at Mt. Evans are:

  • Act as a Field Ranger and answer questions about the Forest Service, national forests, and Mt. Evans
  • Create and present an interpretive program on one of the many natural or cultural resources
  • Conduct educational programs and interpretive walks at the Mt. Goliath Interpretive Center and Bristlecone Pine ancient forest
  • Provide customer service to visitors, offer health and safety tips, and provide limited assistance to visitors during emergencies (weather, driving conditions, wildlife, etc.)
  • Enhance Field Ranger programs through use of technology and interpretive services
  • Participate in community events (Earth Day, watershed festival, etc.) to build relationships and awareness

Qualifications:

  • Education and/or experience in natural or cultural resource management, urban forestry, environmental sciences, communications, or similar
  • Basic understanding of flora, fauna, wildlife, bristlecone pine, history, geology
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively one-on-one and in public speaking settings
  • Familiarity/proficiency with GIS and online mapping applications
  • Interest and experience in social media strategy and design
  • Ability to speak, read, and write in Spanish
  • Willingness to work respectfully with a wide variety of people with diverse backgrounds and interests
  • Physically and mentally able to work outside at 14,000+ feet elevation in all weather conditions (cold, sun, wind, snow, rain, low oxygen levels)
  • Capable of safely driving steep winding mountain road without guardrails
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record
  • Be flexible with your schedule

Housing:

Partial housing stipend may be provided to support housing costs.

Transportation:

A driver’s license is required for work duties. Access to a personal vehicle will be very helpful. Candidates living in the local area are strongly encouraged to apply.