Backcountry Wilderness Ranger with Shoshone National Forest (PO-00734806)

The South Zone of the Shoshone National Forest is seeking one intern for a 12-week summer position as a Wilderness Ranger to work in the extraordinary Washakie, Fitzpatrick, and Popo Agie Wilderness areas.


  • Campsite inventory, condition monitoring, and data collection on the Survey123 field program
  • Campsite cleanup, naturalization, revegetation, and restoration
  • Carrying out trash from wilderness
  • Visitor use monitoring and data collection using the Survey123 field program
  • Professionally conducting visitor contacts, checking for compliance, and providing information/education on Forest regulations
  • Assist in conducting Outfitter/Guide inspections
  • Wilderness sign and trailhead kiosk maintenance
  • Help with trail logout and minor trail maintenance
  • May assist with Special Uses front-country Lands inspections


  • Physical fitness is required for hiking on- and off-trail over rough (rocky, snowy, steep) mountainous terrain at high elevations (commonly 9,000-12,000 ft.) in various adverse weather conditions.
  • Ability to hike 10 to 20 miles a day carrying 50+ lbs. while also conducting work duties along the route
  • Previous hiking, backpacking, and wilderness camping experience is necessary.
  • Ability to work and live in the backcountry for up to 8 days at a time
  • Professionalism when contacting visitors, including in high-use areas
  • Willingness to accept and manage risks associated with extreme weather events, stream crossings, driving mountainous roads, wildlife, exposure to biting/stinging insects, and other conditions
  • Willingness to work and live in grizzly bear habitat
  • Due to the remote, isolated location of Dubois, WY, it is important that an intern provides their own mode of transportation

START DATE:  Monday, May 22nd, 2023
END DATE:  Sunday, August 13th, 2023
End of May to Mid-June:  Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30.  Front-country day trips, weekends off.
Mid-June to Mid-August:  Tuesday-Tuesday, daily hours vary.  Backcountry hitches for 8 days at a time, followed by 6 days off.
The successful candidate will serve alongside an experienced US Forest Service Wilderness Ranger on 8-day-long wilderness hitches.  The hitches are self-supported (carrying all food, tools, clothing, equipment, PPE on your back) and may include longer days, depending on workload. 


  • Professional development and experience in a Federal Land Management Agency
  • Mentorship and guidance in career path choices
  • Opportunity to serve as a wilderness steward in the stunningly scenic and wild Washakie, Fitzpatrick, and Popo Agie Wilderness areas of America’s first National Forest
  • Develop appreciation for cultural and natural history of the area
  • Summer backcountry interns and employees enjoy the 8 days on/6 days off hitch schedule
  • The position is stationed in Dubois, Wyoming, centered between the Wind River and Absaroka mountain ranges, as well as within driving distance of the attractive destinations of the Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Jackson, and Lander, WY.
  • The Forest Service provides some backpacking gear to minimize wear and tear on personal gear (optional)

– $250/week* Living Allowance
– $1,100* To/From Travel Allowance, paid once with first paycheck
– USFS bunkhouse Housing provided on-site
– Eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,718, received upon successful completion of position and 450 service hours
– Eligible for the Public Land Corps (PLC) hiring authority upon successful completion of position (& 640 hrs minimum of service–can be combined with another USFS internship)

*All Allowances are subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

Position ID: PO-00734806

Expected Dates: May 22, 2023 - August 13, 2023

1403 W Ramshorn
Dubois, WY 82513

Training Provided: CPR/First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, Crosscut Saw, Bear Awareness, Defensive Driving, Intro to Forest Protection Officer Refresher, Standard Wilderness Training Half-hitch

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Western Wyoming is an outdoor recreationist’s paradise, with the Tetons, Wind Rivers, and Absaroka Mountains offering abundant opportunities for backpacking, fishing, mountaineering, rock climbing, mountain biking, rafting, wildlife photography and more.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

Dubois is an isolated small town with limited amenities. Many people who live here drive to neighboring communities to stock up on quality groceries, and for access to amenities such as medical, dining, and shopping. Depending on rides is unreliable.

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

The Wind River Ranger District bunkhouse in Dubois is a dormitory-style bunkhouse with 5 double-occupancy rooms, 4 bathrooms, a laundry room, shared living room, and shared double kitchen.

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

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