USFS Volunteers Recognized for Service, Now Hiring
It was a banner year for the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Volunteer Program for the Leadville and Salida Ranger Districts. From October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015, volunteers contributed an impressive 23,425 hours of volunteer service on the USFS Salida Ranger District in Chaffee County with a value over $500,000. On the Leadville Ranger District in Lake County, 8,941 hours contributed a value of over $200,000.
The Recreation Staff and Volunteer Program were able to tackle priority projects that would not have been accomplished without the labor and dedication from these long-standing volunteers. Many individual volunteers personally provided hundreds of hours doing trail maintenance.
Volunteers cleared brush, installed bat boxes, cleaned and staffed a local visitor’s center, fixed erosion and drainage issues, installed horse step-overs, reseeded, rehabilitated user-created trails, installed fences, patrolled, mapped areas, provided educational programs, interacted with the public, grip-hoisted trees and constructed new trail. Highlights include celebrating the designation of Browns Canyon National Monument, completing multiple stewardship projects on National Public Lands Day and formalizing a Trail Adoption program for the Districts.
According to Forest and Grassland Supervisor Erin Connelly, “This was a collaborative effort with multiple organizations and partners working together to make a positive difference on federal public lands. Community investment and involvement is strong in the Upper Arkansas River Valley.”
Some of the many volunteer groups include: Arkansas Valley Climbers Coalition, Friends of Browns Canyon, Colorado Trail Foundation, Friends of Twin Lakes, Friends of Fourmile, Greater Arkansas Nature Association, High Rocky Riders, Quiet Use Coalition, Salida Mountain Trails, Upper Arkansas Wilderness Volunteers, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado and Southwest Conservation Corps.
To learn more, visit the Salida/Leadville Ranger Districts Volunteer Website or, follow them on Twitter: PSICC_NF.
Take A Hike – Forest Service Hiring Summer Positions
Even as winter sets in for its lengthy visit, thoughts of summer are never far off. And if you’re wondering what you might be doing come next May, then consider a job with the U.S. Forest Service. The Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service announced its hiring for more than 600 temporary positions throughout the region’s national forests and grasslands. Temporary positions are available in a variety of occupations such as fire, trails, forestry, engineering, wildlife, recreation, fisheries, archeology and administrative support.
“Temporary employees perform crucial work and serve a diverse group of users during the peak summer months,” said Regional Forester Daniel J. Jirón. “We are looking for employees with a wide variety of skills and backgrounds,” added Jiron.
Job seekers can apply for temporary jobs during these time frames:
- January 7-14, 2016, for wildland fire positions and other early season, non-fire temporary positions.
- Early February 2016 for most non-fire temporary positions in recreation, fisheries, forestry, engineering, etc.
- Early March 2016 for remaining positions.
Job opportunities are available online at: LINK. Interested applicants will need to apply through USAJOBS. National Forest Service job opportunities can be found online at: LINK. The Rocky Mountain Region is comprised of 17 national forests and seven national grasslands, located in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.