The front country intern 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. The South Zone which has both the Wind River and Washakie Districts with offices located in both in Dubois and Lander, Wyoming.
The Washakie Ranger District
The Washakie Ranger District has 5 developed campgrounds, 7 developed trailheads, and multiple dispersed campsites that will be maintained throughout the summer. Students who work on the Washakie Ranger District will be living at the Middle Fork Guard Station located in beautiful Sinks Canyon just outside Lander, WY. Work will start from the District Office in Lander and crews will work 8-10 hours days per pay period (which is every two weeks). Working on weekends will be part of a regular schedule. Arriving on site with a personal vehicle is a must to provide for transportation between living quarters and the district office.
Lander is a full-service community with many restaurants, coffee shops and grocery stores. Lander also provides limitless access to the outdoors. 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.
*For SCA's COVID-19 guidance, please refer to www.thesca.org/covid
Position ID: PO-00734886
Expected Dates: May 22, 2023 - September 24, 2023
333 East Main St.
Lander, WY 82520
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, kayaking, horseback riding, rock climbing, etc. are all immediately accessible. World Class rock climbing areas are located on the District.
Handicap Accessible?: No
Main Area of Focus: Recreation Mgmt
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 available at Middle Fork Guard Station on the Washakie Ranger District, located a short drive up Sinks Canyon Road from Lander, WY.
US Citizenship: Yes