Backcountry Intern (PO-00736065)

This is a backcountry and visitor services position at the Hans Flat Ranger Station in The Maze district of Canyonlands, a very remote area of rugged canyons containing prehistoric rock markings and archaeological sites. Duties may include: 

  • staffing the backcountry information station, providing trip-planning assistance to visitors (40% of time);
  • patrolling the backcountry by foot and 4WD, sometimes for multiple days and camping in remote settings (30%);
  • leading guided interpretive walks in Horseshoe Canyon for up to 20 visitors (10%);
  • assisting in the district's recycling program and/or assisting with vehicle maintenance and upkeep (10%); and
  • other duties as assigned, influenced by intern's skill-set and interest (10%).

The work will occur indoors at the Hans Flat Ranger Station and in the backcountry of The Maze district of Canyonlands. The intern must be comfortable sleeping and working outside for up to several days at a time. Duties can be strenuous: carrying a 30+ pound backpack over rough and sandy terrain in both cold and hot weather, loading and unloading materials during supply runs to town, and assisting with facility maintenance tasks such as weeding, trail work, or minor road repairs. 

*It is vital that candidates be comfortable living in an extremely REMOTE setting for extended periods of time with limited human interaction, services, and amenities. For more information on the Maze, please visit here:*
Compensation amounts:

  • $1,100 – one time RT travel allowance
  • $600 – weekly living allowance
  • $100 – uniform reimbursement
  • Housing provided at substantially discounted rate

  *This position is NOT AmeriCorps eligible.

Position ID: PO-00736065

Expected Dates: February 25, 2024 - November 16, 2024

2282 SW Resource Blvd
Moab, UT 84532

Training Provided: Intern will get formal training in the natural & cultural history of the Colorado Plateau, visitor services, backcountry travel, and advanced 4WD training. Additional training may include basic emergency response, interpretation, & light maintenance.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: SE Utah has numerous national and state parks as well as millions of acres of public land to explore. Hiking, biking, climbing, canoeing, and rafting are just a few of the recreational activities available within a day's drive.

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Backcountry/Trail work

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

There is no public transit between the station and basic amenities/services. The dirt roads are maintained but rough. Personal vehicles should have high clearance and will have increased wear-and-tear due to variable and rough conditions.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member

Housing is a shared, potentially co-ed two-bedroom furnished apartment with private bedroom (full-sized bed). Basic kitchen dishware/cookware and utensils are provided. You should bring your own bedding, towels, toiletries, and other needed personal items. Washer/dryer and workout facilities are available. Interns will pay a substantially discounted rental rate of $6.04/night.

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

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