Recreation Technician

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Bar Harbor, Maine


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Jan 15, 2021

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Friends of Acadia, Recreation Technicians (Two positions available)

Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine

Compensation and Hours: $15/hour (40 hours/wk)


Application Deadline: Monday February 15th, 2021


Long Season: One position, May 3-November 19, 2021 (30 weeks)

Short Season: One position, June 1-August 20, 2021 (12 weeks)


Friends of Acadia is accepting applications for seasonal recreation technicians for the 2021 season. The “Rec Techs” will assist Acadia National Park staff in studying the recreational use of the park, with a particular emphasis on the carriage roads for the 12-week position. These positions are funded by Friends of Acadia and co-managed by Acadia National Park’s Resource Management Division and Friends of Acadia’s Recreation Technician Lead.


Duties for 30-week Recreation Technician:

1.Installs and maintains electronic trail counters on carriage roads and trails and traffic counters on park roads. Tests, troubleshoots, and corrects counter power and alignment. Downloads and processes counter data into usable formats, conducting quality control analyses; 2.May conduct stationary counts of visitors on carriage roads, hiking trails, summits and elsewhere or observes visitor behavior for long periods of time (1-4 hours);

3.Processes, organizes, enters trail counter, computer, observation and other data in database and spreadsheet programs. Runs some statistical analyses on data in each;

4.Distributes survey cards and administers visitor questionnaires for routine monitoring and research projects;

5.Collects other visitor use and impact data, assists in other park activities; and,

6.Processes, organizes, enters trail counter, computer, observation and other data in database and spreadsheet programs. Runs some statistical analyses on data in each;


Duties for 12-Week Recreation Technician:

1.Coordinates scheduling for Carriage Road Ambassador Volunteer Citizen Science project; and,

2.Maintains trail counters on carriage roads and collects other visitor use and impact data;


Additional Duties for Both Positions:

1.Writes an end-of-season evaluation of work experience with FOA and ANP;

2.Gives informal presentations about projects to ANP and FOA staff, donors, and the public;

3.Performs other duties as assigned.


Desired Qualifications: Ability to use basic computer software—word processing, database, and spreadsheets.. Long season should have some ability to use GPS technology and GIS software (ARCINFO helpful). Excellent communication and people skills. Practical experience in data collection and record keeping in field and office environments. Must be eager and capable to work hard at physically and socially demanding job, which may involve lifting 50 pounds, hiking 10 miles per day, biking 25 miles, communicating via park radios, working in inclement weather (hot, cold, or wet), and sitting for long stretches attending to routine tasks. Flexibility to adapt to quickly changing work demands and schedules. Hiking or other outdoor experience. Sense of humor. Patience. Natural resources or outdoor recreation coursework helpful. Requirements: Must pass a federal background check. Valid Driver’s License is needed and must have reliable transportation for travel to/from work. Certifications in basic first aid and CPR. Employees must adhere to Acadia National Park’s uniform and grooming standards.


Period of Service: Long season will be May 3 - November 19, 2021, 40 hours/week (30 weeks), and short season will be June 1 – August 20, 2021. Applicant must be available for the entire season. Successful applicant must attend Acadia National Park Leave No Trace training which includes one night of camping. Days off: 2 days/week to be arranged. Hours will vary. Weekend work expected.


Wages: $15.00/hr. Pay period: Every two weeks. Housing: Applicants will be expected to find their own housing on or near Mount Desert Island. Relocation and transportation stipends may be available upon demonstrated need, please inquire with application.


Work Environment: Most work is performed outdoors and may involve moderate risks or discomfort. Uniforms/Equipment: Uniform shirts, shoes, first aid kits, gloves, backpacks, and other personal protective equipment provided. Pants are not provided and must meet uniform standards.


To Apply: E-mail cover letter, resume, and at least 2 references in one PDF document: with “Rec Tech 2021 Application” in the subject line. Call Friends of Acadia at (207) 288-3340 or (207) 288-8726 with questions. Friends of Acadia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Application Deadline: Monday February 15, 2021


Friends of Acadia is an independent nonprofit organization, founded in 1986. Its mission is to preserve, protect and promote stewardship of the outstanding natural beauty, ecological vitality and distinctive cultural resources of Acadia National Park and the surrounding communities for the inspiration and enjoyment of current and future generations.