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[cdt-l] Re: [pct-l] Paid Hiking Job Offer!



So other words this isnt an officel park seivce project it is the
orgnzatuion the thinks they rins the parks doing it on there own.

Ronald Moak wrote:

>I received the following job notice. Could be interesting for anyone
>interested in a paid hiking summer.
>
>--Fallingwater
>
>
>Ron,
>
>My name is Dieter Fenkart-Froeschl and I work with the National Parks
>Conservation Association.  I have been asked to lead a project that involves
>assessing the condition of 2,300 miles of trails in Grand Canyon NP, Great
>Smokey Mountains NP, Delaware Water Gap NRA and Yosemite NP.  We are seeking
>a total of nine teams with 18 hikers.  We will be paying a weekly stipend of
>$345 for a total of eleven weeks.  The job will involve hiking roughly 300
>miles of trails and then putting together a written condition assessment of
>the trails.
>
>I am attaching a flyer with more details.  Please feel free to forward this
>on to anyone who you think would be interested and qualified.
>
>Thank you in advance,
>Dieter
>
>
>NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
>Protecting Parks for Future Generations
>
>Expedition 2003
>Our Mission
>The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) is America's only
>private, non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to protecting,
>preserving and enhancing the U.S. National Park System for present and
>future generations.
>
>Background
>The National Park Service (NPS) is in the midst of assessing the physical
>condition of all of its assets.  Some park units are performing their own
>condition assessment whereas others are hiring outside contractors to
>perform the task.  NPCA has been asked to help assess the condition of 2,360
>miles of trail in Grand Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park , Great
>Smokey Mountain's National Park and Delaware Water Gap National Recreation
>Area.  We are calling this project Expedition 2003.
>
>Purpose
>The purpose of a service-wide condition assessment is to provide NPS with a
>clear understanding of the state of its resources.  With limited funds
>available to park units, this work will directly help park managers
>prioritize maintenance projects with varying degrees of complexity and
>funding constraints. Your contribution will be crucial!
>
>Structure and Final Product of Expedition 2003
>NPCA is looking to hire nine teams consisting of two people per team to hike
>roughly 300 miles over the course of seven weeks.  Hikers will be known as
>Explorers and as an Explorer, you will be trekking through the front and
>backcountry trails of one of the four above-mentioned parks.
>
>Throughout your travels, you will document and record the condition of
>trails, shelters, comfort stations, camping sites, signs, posts and all
>other physical structures and sites that exist along the trail.  At the end
>of your Expedition, you will provide NPCA with a document outlining the
>condition of the trails you hiked.  This will include pictures, a precise
>GPS location and a written assessment of locations/ structures that are in
>stable to poor condition.
>
>Requirements
>Experience in backcountry hiking is a must.  You should also:
>* be able to hike 10 miles per day over a ten week period (survival skills
>could come in handy),
>* have a good understanding of trails (training will be provided) and have
>the ability to operate in remote locations without direct supervision,
>* have a keen eye for inconsistencies in trail infrastructure,
>* be able to use a digital camera and GPS unit with ease and use data from
>both in the final write-up,
>* possess satisfactory writing skills, and
>* be flexible to manage unexpected events and still deliver a final product
>within the allotted timeframe.
>
>Remember, this work calls for hiking trips into remote areas of each park
>with limited contact to the outside world. Hiking trips could potentially
>last up to ten days.  Showers will not be available and you will have to
>pack your own food, water, sleeping bag, tent etc.  You will be spending a
>lot of time with your fellow Explorer so if you know someone who would be an
>ideal hiking partner, please mention this in both your and his or her
>application.
>
>Compensation
>NPCA will pay each Explorer a stipend of $275 per week for the duration of
>each Expedition (7 weeks) and for post-hike work (maximum of 4 weeks).  In
>addition, NPCA will provide an $850 allowance for equipment and a $70 per
>week allowance for food.
>
>Contact Information
>Send a cover letter and resume to Pat Hunter, at phunter@npca.org or if
>email is not available to 1300 19th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036 by
>Friday, May 2nd, 2003.  Preference will be given to early applicants.
>
>1300 19th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036
>Telephone (202) 223-NPCA (6722) ( Fax (202) 659-0650
>
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