Forest Service seeks volunteers for 2012 Winter Trek Express

South Lake Tahoe, Calif. –The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is looking for volunteers to assist with the Winter Trek Express environmental education program for fifth-graders, beginning January 9 through March 30, 2012.

This three-hour environmental education program takes place at 9,000 ft. of elevation at the Heavenly Ski Resort via the Gondola. U.S. Forest Service rangers lead the class through the wilderness to learn snowshoe skills and discover winter-adapting animals.

This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals who wish to gain experience in the environmental education field and have a strong desire to work outdoors and give back to their community. The ideal applicant should have experience working with children, good communication skills, an outgoing friendly personality and the ability to commit to a minimum of one day a week for 12 weeks. The Forest Service will provide a uniform, training and snowshoes if needed. Volunteers should provide their own winterized boots.

Prospective volunteers should submit their resume electronically by Sunday, December 11, 2012. Interviews will take place beginning the week of December 12, 2012. For more information, contact Jean Norman at (530) 543-2673.

Photo caption:  U.S. Forest Service Ranger Jean Norman leads a group of fifth-graders through the woods during the 2011 Winter Trek environmental education program at Heavenly Ski Resort.  Photo credit:  USFS
Photo caption: U.S. Forest Service Ranger Jean Norman leads a group of fifth-graders through the woods during the 2011 Winter Trek environmental education program at Heavenly Ski Resort. Photo credit: USFS