ATV/OHV Ranger (PO-00734885)

The front country interns will serve on America's first national forest, the Shoshone National Forest. The forest is an integral part of the Greater Yellowstone Area which is centered in Yellowstone National Park. The Shoshone consists of 2.4 million acres of varied terrain ranging from sagebrush flats to rugged mountain peaks. Over half of the forest is designated wilderness. With Yellowstone National Park on its western border, the Shoshone encompasses an area from the Montana state line south to Lander, Wyoming, and includes portions of the Absaroka, Wind River, and Beartooth mountain ranges. The western boundary of the forest to south of Yellowstone is the crest of the Continental Divide. Elevations on the Shoshone range from 4,600 feet at the mouth of the spectacular Clarks Fork Canyon, to 13,804 feet on Gannett Peak, Wyoming's highest point. Because of its location in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the landscape the Forest is set on, Shoshone employees have a hand in managing phenomenal natural, cultural, and recreational resources. The Shoshone is a National Forest where staff are able to see a herd of elk, a Grizzly with cubs, petroglyphs, bighorn sheep, cold mountain streams with Yellowstone cutthroat trout, and breath-taking views of tens of thousands of acres from 10,000 feet and consider it all within a day’s work.

There are five Ranger Districts on the Shoshone National Forest over two zones: the Clarks Fork, Wapiti and Greybull Ranger Districts are consolidated into the North Zone which is headquartered in Cody, Wyoming where the intern will be working.  The South Zone which has both the Wind River and Washakie Districts with offices located in both in Dubois and Lander, Wyoming.

The Wind River Ranger District
For Developed Recreation Crew Intern:
The Wind River Ranger District has 5 developed campgrounds, 12 developed trailheads, and multiple dispersed campsites that will be maintained throughout the summer. Students who work on the Wind River Ranger District will be living at the Work Center bunkhouse located in the town of Dubois, WY.  Work will start from the work center and crews will work 10-8 hour days  (which is a two-week timeframe).  Working on weekends will be part of a regular schedule.

For OHV Ranger Intern:
The Wind River Ranger District has 270 miles of motorized routes used by passenger vehicles, ATVs, UTVs, motorcycles, bicycles, etc. Many of these routes are patrolled and maintained throughout the summer by our OHV rangers. Students who work on the Wind River Ranger District will be living at the Work Center bunkhouse located in the town of Dubois, WY.  Work will start from the work center and crews will work 8-10 hour days (which is a two week timeframe).  Working on weekends will be part of a regular schedule. 

This position will be based in Dubois WY.  The primary functions of these positions will be to either serve as a developed recreation technician in campgrounds and trailheads on the district (Developed Recreation Crew) or to patrol various roads and trails via ATV/UTV on the district (OHV Ranger). The Wind River Ranger District is a gateway to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, which each receive millions of visitors  on an annual basis. Overflow from the park affects the Shoshone and we have a large influx of visitors from May – September, the large influx creates a huge workload that could not be done without the use of seasonal workers. Daily tasks for the intern will be cleaning fire rings, painting and repairing picnic tables, landscaping, interacting with the public about forest rules and regulations, working with hand tools, working with campground hosts, cleaning restrooms and general maintenance and patrolling roads and trails via ATVs/UTVs. The Forest is home to some of the greatest concentrations of grizzly bears in the lower 48 states.  Sightings can be common in the campgrounds, along roads and along trails but conflict with Forest Service crews is very seldom. Crew members will be working with an experienced crew lead to ensure the interns safety. The Forest Service will provide appropriate orientation, bear safety training, driving, and bear spray training for all members of the crew.  The intern may also be asked to work on various other projects on the North Zone as time and projects permit. 

Workdays will begin from the Wind River Work Center, which is located in the town of Dubois, WY.

There are endless options for recreation.  Dubois is a full service community with a grocery store, numerous restaurants, numerous gas stations and a medical clinic.  The surrounding mountains and wilderness provide exceptional opportunities for hiking, fly-fishing, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, and exploring all right out your back door, or within a short drive.

– $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 $2,474, received upon successful completion of position
– Eligible for the Public Land Corps (PLC) hiring authority upon successful completion of position (640hrs minimum of service)

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

AmeriCorps Background Check
It is SCA's policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position's start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed, or the position's start date will be delayed due to non-compliance. 

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Position ID: PO-00734885

Expected Dates: May 22, 2023 - September 24, 2023

1403 W. Ramshorn
Dubois, WY 82513

Training Provided: Bear Safety and Orientation, First Aid/CPR, Employee orientation, defensive driving, radio operations, recreation site maintenance and public speaking.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Recreation opportunities abound in this area. Hiking, backpacking, biking, fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, etc. are all immediately accessible.

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Recreation Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

There is no public transportation available. Other seasonal and volunteer staff at the Ranger Station may be available for carpooling.

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

Housing will be provided at the Wind River Ranger District work center bunkhouse, which is located in the town of Dubois, WY.

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association