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Special Uses Resource Assistant

Hispanic Access Foundation

Job Description

Special Uses Resource Assistant

Duration. 6 Month Fellowship (26 weeks): Starting Winter 2023 (dates are dependent upon the start date)

Location. Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands
Supervisor’s Office
125 N Main St
Chadron, NE, 69337

Fellowship Description.
Join a great team and assist the Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands Supervisor’s Office with administering special uses across five districts in both Nebraska and South Dakota. Special uses include recreational events, commercial filming, research, and utilities. The RA will learn about Forest Service policy and help with a variety of activities such as providing information to public and staff, processing proposals and applications, creating bills and inspections, and entering data and keeping records.

The RA will have the opportunity to collaborate with FS staff and occasionally to travel to various project sites in the course of their work. A valid driver’s license is required for this position.

Fellows will work and communicate with a HAF Program Manager during their fellowship. Fellows will be expected to participate in scheduled conference calls, webinars, and meetings conducted throughout their term. Fellows will capture photos and/or videos for reporting purposes and submit 3 blog posts highlighting their experience and development.

Special or Preferred skills.
The ideal candidate:
  • Cares about public lands and the Forest Service mission to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.
  • Has excellent customer service and communication skills
  • Organized to handle multiple communication exchanges over several weeks to track exchange of documents and processing steps.
  • Comfortable working independently but also able to ask questions and seek training and help as needed.
  • Able to follow policy, handbook, and team lead direction with a detail-oriented approach.

Minimum Qualifications.
  • Ages 17 and up
  • Available to work full-time (40 hours per week) for 26 weeks/6 months

  • Starting early February 2023

  • Driver’s license required

    • RA will be required to drive a government vehicle
  • A Bachelor’s degree or relevant professional experience or a combination of the two.

  • Open to a variety of Bachelor's or Master's degrees and recent grads
  • US citizenship or permanent residency. Interns must undergo a government background check if selected.

Stipend + Benefits.
  • $650 weekly pay stipend based on a 40-hour workweek*
  • $1,000 monthly housing stipend
  • $50 monthly commuting stipend (if in-person)
  • Option for health insurance coverage during full term
  • Up to $2,750 available for Forest Service work travel, orientation, trainings, professional development opportunities that align with RA role and goals
  • Direct Hire Authority Eligibility – after completing a minimum of 960 hours, DHA status provides special non-competitive hiring status when applying for Forest Service positions.

Application.
HAF is managing the recruitment for these positions. All applications should be submitted through HAF’s MANO Project application page. A resume and two references will be required for submission. Your application or resume should include professional and educational experience, along with any awards, technical skills or volunteer activities. Application questions or issues may be directed to Victoria Pedrosa at victoria@hispanicaccess.org

Application Requirements:
  • Resume

  • Two References

HAF is managing the recruitment for these positions. All applications should be submitted through HAF's MANO Project application page. Your application or resume should include professional and educational experience, along with any awards, technical skills or volunteer activities. Application questions or issues may be directed to Victoria Pedrosa at victoria@hispanicaccess.org

Applications for this position are due Friday, November 4, 2022, at 11:59 pm ET. Phone interviews and final decisions will be made in November.

About Us.

The NNFG encompasses over 1.1 million acres of land in both Nebraska and South Dakota, including five Ranger Districts and one Nursery. The Pine Ridge Ranger District includes part of the Nebraska National Forest and all the Oglala National Grassland in the northwest corner of the state. The Bessey Ranger District includes a portion of the Nebraska National Forest in west-central and the McKelvie National Forest in north-central NE. The Bessey Nursery is co-located with the Bessey Ranger District at Halsey, NE. The Fall River Ranger District and Wall Ranger District share management of the Buffalo Gap National Grassland across southwestern South Dakota. The Ft. Pierre National Grassland is managed by the Ft. Pierre Ranger District and is situated in south-central South Dakota.

The location of the Supervisor’s Office is in Chadron, Nebraska and is co-located with the Pine Ridge Ranger District. The Pine Ridge Job Corps Center is located 10 miles south of Chadron and is a close partner with the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands.

Quick facts about the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands:

  • Responsible for the management and sustainability of the Bessey Nursery, the Nation’s oldest Federal Nursery and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Home to the largest hand-planted forest in the western hemisphere, second only to Johannesburg South Africa.
  • Internationally known Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center, which encompasses the largest extinct bison bone bed in the world.
  • Hosts the National Grasslands Visitor Center.
  • Supports a diverse wildlife program with numerous partnership agreements for habitat improvement that support species like the Black Footed Ferret, Burrowing Owl, and Black Tailed Prairie Dog.
  • Habitat for significant populations of huntable and viewable wildlife, such as, wild turkey, mule and white-tailed deer, and elk.
  • Manages the Soldier Creek Wilderness, two proposed Grasslands Wilderness Areas, and the Pine Ridge National Recreation Area, along with developed campgrounds and over 100 miles of hiking trails.
  • Administers livestock grazing permits on approximately 350 allotments through seven grazing associations and over 160 direct permittees.
  • NNFG includes Soldier Creek Wilderness Area (7,794 acres), three Scenic Byways (Bridges to Buttes Byway, Gold Rush, and Sandhills Journey
  • Toadstool Geologic Park is located adjacent to Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center. Toadstool is another internationally known site on the Oglala National Grassland. Toadstool is a moonscape of eroded buttes and drainages with evidence of volcanic events and extinct animal species that occurred from 26-38 million years ago.

US Forest Service Mission.
To sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

Hispanic Access Foundation Mission.
Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization that connects Latinos to partners and opportunities improving lives and creating an equitable society. HAF’s vision is that all Hispanics throughout the U.S. enjoy good physical health, a healthy natural environment, a quality education, economic success and civic engagement in their communities with the sum improving the future of America.

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