CLOSING DATE: 7/23/2017
DEPARTMENT: Arizona Wilderness Coalition
JOB TYPE: Full Time/Temporary
Arizona Wilderness Coalitions seeks an individual to provide contract services to be a member of a two-person team for Wilderness Stewardship Performance (WSP) monitoring on the Tonto National Forest. This contract project is expected to extend for approximately two and a half months, and a more detailed description of project requirements is found below. This position serves as the assistant to the team leader.
Because of the remote location of the work site, time in the field can extend up to 10 days at a time. Each crew member will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the work location on the Tonto National Forest, which may require a vehicle with high clearance and possible 4-wheel drive. Periodic trips to AWC’s office in Prescott, Arizona may also be required. Individuals may submit a joint proposal that includes shared transportation, or the selected team members may arrange to share transportation between them following selection for this project.
The selected individual will be required to enter into an independent services contract with AWC, and must supply their own work clothes, backpacks, hiking boots and camping gear. Specialty equipment such as GPS, SPOT device, Tablet with installed Arc Collector, solar charger, etc. will be provided by AWC through the length of the project. Veterans are encouraged to consider this opportunity.
Project Locations Superstition Wilderness, Tonto National Forest
Project Start Date October 9, 2017 or thereabouts
This project will consist hiking up to 180 miles of designated trails within the Superstition Wilderness, Tonto National Forest, collecting data for trail conditions and features that diminish opportunities for primitive and unconfined recreation, with the potential to conduct surveys for Opportunities for Solitude in select areas. Specific data will be documented and recorded directly onto a Tablet using Arc Collector.
The contracted team leader and additional member will participate in a planned 4- day training. This training will include background information on protocols for collection, methods, and use of the Arc Collector. Additionally, all team members will be led in multiple field exercises to help to identify the specific trail features that will be documented.
The team member will be responsible for assisting the team leader with the following:
– Creation of travel and route plans prior to any time spent in the field,
– Following all check-in and check-out and medical emergency procedures as described by SC and assigned FS points of contact,
– Maintenance of thorough and accurate data collection throughout the project,
– Care for all data collection devices and handling in a safe and protected manner,
– Transportation to and from the work area,
– Submission of detailed mileage log and any food receipts
The contractor will be compensated through fees based on percentage of total work completed. The project is expected to take 2.5 months. It is expected the total fee will be payable in four increments.
A modest amount of funds are also available under this contract to cover mileage and food costs associated with this project. A detailed mileage log and food receipts will be required to obtain any reimbursement.
– Required to walk on uneven, slippery terrain, in remote and rugged areas, kneel for extended periods of time
– Must be able to speak, read, and write English.
– Sense of humor and desire to make a positive impact for the environment
– Must be able to live and work in potentially undesirable conditions in variable weather conditions for multiple days
Required Skills & Qualifications
– Experience working in a group setting
– Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse weather conditions
– Associates Degree or in a current degree program in Natural Resources, Environmental Studies, or similar
– Must hold a current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification
– Must have a valid AZ Driver License and Insurance
– Ability to work both independently and as a team member
– Ability to manage personal health and safety issues
– Experience in Conservation Corps, Youth Corps, Student Conservation Corps, National Outdoor Leadership School or similar work
– Familiar with basic data collection tools including GPS, GIS, tablets
– Bachelor’s degree or student enrolled in a relevant program.
– Participation in conservation volunteer work.
Interested individuals should provide a resume and two references, along with a cover letter detailing previous experience in field data collection and your proposed equivalent hourly compensation rate or project fee to complete this project, to Brian Stultz, Wilderness Stewardship Coordinator, in Prescott, Brian@azwild.org; 928-350-2204. Deadline for submission is midnight on July 23, 2017.
AWC reserves the right to negotiate pertinent contract terms with any potential consultants, and AWC reserves the right to accept any proposal, or to reject any and all proposals. This RFQ does not commit AWC to either to award a contract or to pay for any costs incurred in the preparation of a proposal.