Next Generation Ranger Corps

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The Friends of Saguaro National Park (FOSNP) and Saguaro National Park joined together in early 2015 to establish a Next Generation Ranger Corps (Next Gen) program -- designed to enable young people interested in a career with the NPS to discover the agency and its different operational divisions, by providing college students an experiential, engaging, and supportive learning and working opportunity at Saguaro National Park.

The FOSNP NextGen internship program seeks to expand Saguaro National Park's urban outreach; strengthen the Park's connection to local schools; provide targeted training, mentoring, and work experiences for qualified participants; achieve greater levels of engagement with underserved communities; provide competitive hourly wages to participants; achieve Park resource protection objectives; and create an ethic of conservation and resource stewardship.

 

Available Opportunities:

Send resume to the mentor listed under the position description you are applying for.

 
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Trail crew working to make the trails a better experience for everyone.

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Crew Leader of Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)

Start date: mid May 2023
End date: August 2023

Pay: $19.74 per hour, 40 hours per week
Accepting applications from January until the first week of March, and final selections will be made within the last weeks of March and the first week of April.

Description:
Saguaro National Park is looking for two Next Generation Rangers (18-30 years old) to work with the Trails Youth Conservation Corps summer program. The YCC is an 8-week, co-ed youth employment program hosted in June and July. Program participants range from 16 to 18 years old, and there will be a total of 10 crew members. The YCC program focuses on conservation work, environmental education and outdoor recreation.

A commitment of 12 weeks is mandatory. Work weeks require camping Monday-Friday. When working in the backcountry, you will have ten consecutive 8-hour days. Due to remote, rugged conditions and environmental expectations, you will need to be capable of carrying around 40lbs of supplies and sustenance in your pack. Three weeks of training will be provided upon hiring.

Primary Duties:
- Trail maintenance such as clearing drains, brushing, and reworking trail tread
- Working with Resource Management and Maintenance teams
- Camping throughout the week, including in the backcountry
- Providing logistical and safety support for day-to-day operations
- Facilitating daily environmental education lessons to the crew

Critical Skills, Experience and Education:
- Past experience in trails / conservation work
- Camping and backpacking experience
- Management skills
- Ability to work well in a team environment
- Ability to be communicative, adaptable / flexible
- Experience educating and mentoring the youth, specifically with knowledge of the Sonoran Desert landscape

If interested in this position and have a resume to send, or if you have any inquiries, please contact Christina Cultrara
 
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Work with the park Facilities Management crew!

Facilities Management Assistant Intern

Work Dates: ongoing
Pay: $17.54/hour, 40 hours/week


This intern will get a hands on overview of all areas of modern Facilities Management & Maintenance in the National Park Service.

Description of Duties

The selected NextGen intern will gain knowledge and experience in trade skills such as plumbing, electrical, and carpentry, asset inventory and management, performing and documenting condition assessments on roads, buildings, and trails. Intern will also assist with contract surveillance, asset management, labor tracking database and software. They will also be given opportunities for additional cross-training and professional training opportunities in all areas of park managment. This position provides the incumbent with the opportunity to work in both the east and west districts of the Park.

Interested applicants should send their resume to Ben Darnell, Acting Maintenance Supervisor

 

Filled Positions

Do any of these positions look interesting? Keep an eye on this page for future opportunities!

 
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Next Generation Ranger Lizbeth goes through a junior ranger booklet with a group of visitors.

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Interpretation Intern - POSITION IS FILLED

Saguaro National Park is currently accepting resumes/applications for a Next Generation Ranger position at the West district of the park, 2700 N Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ.

We are looking for an enthusiastic person who loves communicating with visitors about the wonders of the Sonoran Desert. The internship position is designed for young people from the Tucson area that are interested in a career with the NPS. The intern works for the Friends of Saguaro, our partner fundraising group.

Pay: $17.54/hour,

40 hours per week, normally 8:45–5:15.

Will work weekends and holidays and occasional evening shifts.

Start date: November 6, 2022 End date: July 1, 2023.

Duties

  • Provide information and inspiration to visitors at the visitor center.
  • Research, develop, and present original interpretive programs (guided walks and talks).
  • Roving: make casual visitor contacts at park trails.
  • Assist with a variety of projects that may include the park's social media and website, videos, pop-up displays, interpretive writing projects, compiling use data, working with the community outreach team.

Critical Skills, Experience, and Education

  • Familiarity with the Sonoran Desert ecosystem, Saguaro National Park, and Tucson area attractions
  • Ability to provide friendly customer service and public communication
  • Have completed at least two years of a college degree seeking program.
  • Ability to safely drive a wide range of vehicles; a valid driver’s license is required
  • Must complete federal background check process
  • Must be 18-30 years old
  • Spanish, O’odham or Yoeme language skills a plus

Send resumes to Richard_Hill@nps.gov

 
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Multi-Disciplinary (Education, Resource Management, Trails) - POSITION IS FILLED

Applications due August 19, 2022, email resume or inquiry to Melanie Rawlins

Start Date: August 29, 2022
End Date: August 25, 2023

Salary: $16.13+ per hour
Schedule: Varies
Duty Station: Varies

This 1-year, full-time internship will be a combined experience working in the Education branch, on the Trails crew, and on the Resource Management team. The position will be ideal for someone who is seeking a broad array of experience in multiple park disciplines.

Primary Duties (Education)

  • Prepare and facilitate curriculum-based programs in the park, at schools, and virtually to diverse audiences
  • Design and create original interpretive activities, props, visual aids, games, and promotional materials. May include digital graphic design work as well as crafting 3-dimensional objects.
  • Prepare and facilitate non-curriculum-based events and activities such as camps, hiking club family picnics and camp outs, Cactus Ranger outtings, family-friendly interpretive programs, evening programs, and offsite outreach events

Primary Duties (Resource Management)

  • Removal of invasive plants
  • Conducting plant and wildlife surveys
  • Ecological restoration
  • Data management and office-based work

Primary Duties (Trails)

  • Repairing and building trails
  • Trail brushing
  • Backcountry travel and some other travel outside of the park may be required

Critical Skills, Experience, and Education

  • Demonstrated ability working with youth of all ages
  • Experience in and/or willingness to hike on/off trail in rugged terrain in a variety of weather conditions
  • Experience in and/or willingness to engage in hard physical work with some long days
  • Strong outdoor skills
  • Ability to provide friendly customer service and public communication
  • Ability to safely drive a wide range of vehicles; a valid driver’s license is required
  • Ability to manage own tasks and duties independently
  • Must complete federal background check process
  • Must be 18-30 years old
  • Spanish language skills a plus
  • O’odham or Yoeme language skills a plus
 
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NextGen Ranger Intern leading a hiking club

Environmental Education - POSITION IS FILLED

Applications due August 19, 2022, email resume or send an inquiry to SAGU Education

Start Date: August 29, 2022
End Date: April 22, 2023

Salary: $16.13+ per hour
Schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday (with some flexibility!)
Duty Station: Both districts of Saguaro National Park

Primary Duties

  • Prepare and facilitate curriculum-based programs in the park, in classroom, and virtually to diverse audiences
  • Design and create original interpretive activities, props, visual aids, games, and promotional materials. May include digital graphic design work as well as crafting 3-dimensional objects.
  • Prepare and facilitate non-curriculum-based events and activities such as camps, hiking club family picnics and camp outs, Cactus Ranger outtings, family-friendly interpretive programs, evening programs, offsite outreach events
  • Assist in strengthening the park’s relationship with local communities and developing a mutually beneficial relationship
  • Join interpretive teammates in shared activities such as visitor center operations, outreach events, and public programming

Critical Skills, Experience, and Education

  • Demonstrated ability working with youth of all ages
  • Experience in and/or willingness to hike on/off trail in rugged terrain in a variety of weather conditions
  • Ability to provide friendly customer service and public communication
  • Have completed at least two years of a college degree seeking program; preferably in education, communication, sciences, recreation or related fields
  • Ability to safely drive a wide range of vehicles; a valid driver’s license is required
  • Ability to manage own tasks and duties independently
  • Must complete federal background check process
  • Must be 18-30 years old
  • Spanish language skills a plus
  • O’odham or Yoeme language skills a plus

Benefits

  • Diverse work experience in interpretation
  • Professional development and training opportunities (e.g. Wilderness First Aid, curriculum-development, professional conferences, etc.)
  • Cross-training with all park divisions including resource management, trails, law enforcement, etc.
  • Public Lands Corps hiring authority eligible once 640 hour minimum has been met
 
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Digital Interpretation - POSITION IS FILLED

Applications due August 19, 2022, email resume or inquiry to Perri Spreiser

Start Date: August 29, 2022
End Date: August 25, 2023

Salary: $16.13+ per hour
Schedule: 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., 40 hours per week. The days of the week worked are flexible and we can accommodate schedule variations as they arise.
Duty Station: Saguaro National Park East - Rincon Mountain Visitor Center

Primary Duties

  • Lead park efforts to establish an enriching digital presence for Saguaro National Park to include:
    • The park website (nps.gov/sagu)
    • NPS Mobile App
    • Social media
  • Perform digital asset management on extensive collection of images, audio, and video files
  • Produce interpretive digital products that support operational needs in interpretation, outreach, and education
  • Join interpretive teammates in shared activities such as visitor center operations, outreach events, and public programming

Critical Skills, Experience, and Education

  • Have completed at least two years of a college degree seeking program
  • Ability to safely drive a wide range of vehicles; a valid driver’s license is required
  • Ability to manage own tasks and duties independently
  • Must complete federal background check process
  • Must be 18-30 years old
  • Spanish, O’odham, or Yoeme language skills a plus
 
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Live and work in the Rincon Mountains

Manning Camp Wilderness Assistant Intern: POSITION IS FILLED

Work Dates: March 2022 - November 2022
Pay: $19.75/hour, 40 hours/week


Manning Camp is located at the top of the Rincon Mountains at 8,000 ft elevation.
The only access to the camp is on foot, a 10-mile hike with around 5,000 ft elevation gain.

Description of Duties: The Assistant Manning Camp Ranger works remotely at the historic Manning Cabin and assists as the wilderness station host. This includes maintaining and overseeing the historic Manning Cabin and accompanying campgrounds. Ensuring that supplies delivered by mules for remote work crews are inventoried and available, as well as assisting fire crew, trail crews, and resource crews when they are base camping out of the cabin area. The cabin is located along the Arizona Trail and greeting hikers and answering questions is expected. This work is done in conjunction with the Manning Camp Ranger and eventually on a staggered schedule, alternating work days with the ranger, requiring some days alone on the mountain. Typical duties include: maintaining the cabin and outhouse; pumping and filtering water; interacting with hikers, campers, and other park staff; routinely surveying trails and nearby campgrounds; and utilizing backcountry communications to check in with park staff.

Useful experience for this position includes: self-supported hiking, camping, and backpacking; wilderness first aid or medicine; trail and other types of maintenance; physical fitness; heat tolerance; knowledge of the park resources; and interacting with park visitors. This position is very remote and isolated and will suit an individual who enjoys both working closely with others and working solo.

Interested applicants should send their resume to Rich Geopfrich.
 
Next Gen Fee Revenue Intern
One of our work locations at the Red Hills Visitor Center.

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Business Revenue Intern: POSITION IS FILLED

Work dates: May 2019 - August 2019
Pay: $13.68/hour, 40 hours/week

Position is located at the Saguaro National Park Rincon Mountain District (East) visitor center and entrance station and the Tucson Mountain District (west) visitor center.

Description of Duties: The intern will have opportunities to work alongside the Business Revenue staff to account for, deposit, document and collect fee revenue in Saguaro National Park via hands-on experience. In addition, the intern will provide visitor services such as information, direction and informal interpretation of the park’s natural and cultural resources to people entering the site.

Send resume to Molly Travis, Fee Program Manager.
 
sunny the saguaro
Work with Sunny the Saguaro at special events and community festivals.

Community Outreach Intern: POSITION IS FILLED

Work Dates: ongoing
pay: $16.13 / hr, 20+ hours per week

The Community Engagment and Outreach Intern will work to strengthen the Park's connection to the Tucson community through our associations with federal, tribal, state, and local agencies, non-profit organizations, schools and other stakeholders.

Description of Duties: Duties include assisting in implementing strategic communication plans, including the use of social media, attending community festivals, planning family program events in the park and special events, caretaking of Sunny the Saguaro, and supporting internal communication for park staff and volunteers.

Spanish language, both written and verbal, is preferred.

Last updated: January 24, 2023

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