Allagash Wilderness Waterway User Impact Assessment Surveyor Position Description

Stewardship Interns will spend the summer in the field completing a user impact assessment of approximately 77 campsites and 4 portages in the 90 mile waterway. This position will be responsible for performing a series of detailed measurements for up to 15 different campsite, access point, and portage trail characteristics. These measurements will be compiled, processed, and integrated into a report at the end of the internship. The Impact Assessment Surveyor (IAS) will also be responsible for making site specific recommendations to improve issues where user impact has created erosion or other undesirable site conditions. The IAS may also perform minor maintenance to recreation sites as needed.
The Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW) is located in northern Maine between Moosehead Lake and the Canadian Border. The internship will involve 1 week of training in Vermont and up to 9 weeks on the AWW. Accessing the sites where the assessments will occur will require canoe travel and most evenings will require camping at various locations throughout the waterway.
Internship Goals: to assess impact at all major campsites, recreation corridors and access points within the Allagash Wilderness Water way; to develop a report based on the data recorded that will create a baseline of current user impact and also contain recommendations for site improvements; to perform stewardship based field activities along the Allagash Wilderness Waterway on an as needed basis under the guidance and direction of AWW staff; to expose interns to trainings, field based jobs, and field based experience to prepare them for future careers.
to actively participate on a 2-person field crew, sharing in daily chores and operating in a safe professional manner; to promote an awareness and understanding of the NFCT and AWW to volunteers, the public and project partners.
1. Coordination:
Develop scheduling details to fulfill project goals and objectives;
Work with the NFCT Trail Director and AWW Superintendent and staff to develop a detailed plan for accomplishing position goals Find a balance between collecting data, processing data, and reporting that will ensure
the highest degree of efficiency.
2. Communications:
Participate in developing the daily crew journal;
Create a weekly blog article to communicate to the NFCT audience;
Properly record all mileage and crew purchases;
Communicate needs and any plan changes to NFCT staff.
Stay in regular communication with AWW and NFCT point staff
Allagash Wilderness Waterway
User Impact Assessment Surveyor
Position Description
Applications Due:
March 14, 2014
Questions can be directed to:
Walter Opuszynski, NFCT Trail Director
(802)496-2285 ext.223.
Interns will be trained in the data collection techniques prior to entering the AWW.
4. Program Evaluation & Wrap-Up
Interns will give all volunteers an evaluation form at the end of projects;
Interns will be allotted time at the end of the internship to evaluate the program.
Candidates must be 18 years of age by the time the internship begins.
Candidates must have Wilderness First Aid Certification before participating in the internship.
Candidates must have an understanding of trail construction techniques in order to make recommended resource improvements.
Successful Candidate Attributes:
Basic knowledge of paddle skills
Proven ability to camp out in remote locations for up to a week at a time Proven safety record
Experience following detailed recording instructions and making accurate measurements
Flexible personality, able to adapt to changing situations
Able to perform physical labor which could include hiking or paddling for extended periods
of time and lifting weight in excess of 40 lbs. Performs well in a
small group setting
Good work ethic
At least one of the successful candidates will need reliable transportation to travel from the
NFCT Waitsfield, VT office to the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.
Able to perform weekly maintenance (timesheet, plan and prep are meals, mileage logs, daily safety meetings, journaling)
Position Benefits:
Academic credit can be arranged $2,500 stipend will be provided ($250 per week)
$50 per week for food expense
Variety of trainings including paddle skills
Exposure to a variety
of land management, recreation, habitat/wildlife professionals Reimbursement for mileage associated with work Leadership experience Great environment for building outdoor, environmental, and group skills
More information about the position along with application materials can be found at:
between Moosehead Lake and the Canadian Borde, Maine
Northern Forest Canoe Trail
Walter Opuszynsk
(802)496 - 2285 ext.2