Backcountry Intern

Expected Dates
May 10, 2020 to August 29, 2020
Mount Rainier National Park
Position ID
In addition to assisting the dedicated Wilderness Rangers of Mt. Rainier in patrolling 100 miles of trails, you will care for the busy Glacier Basin wilderness campsite.  You will interact with mountaineers, backpackers, and day hikers at the base of Mt. Rainier’s main north-side climbing route. Work will include spending nights out under the stars and in historic backcountry patrol cabins, and exploring old growth forest, alpine tundra, and glacial landscapes.

Responsibilities will include:
  • Contacting a wide range of visitors and disseminating the Leave No Trace message (50%) on wilderness trails, with emphasis on the Glacier Basin trail. The Glacier Basin area has experienced significant impacts relating to vegetation, wildlife, human waste, sanitation, etc. In particular, wildlife habituation has occurred here, with bears and other animals gaining access to food because of improper storage techniques.
  • Working in a wilderness information office orienting visitors to park resources (30%)
  • Performing minor trail maintenance work (delineation, brushing and treadwork) (10%)
  • Assisting rangers in impact monitoring of campsites and cross-country zones, utilizing compass, GPS and digital photography (10%) 
  • You may assist in search and rescue operations (member of carry-out team or ground searcher) as needed and, if qualified, may assist in wildland firefighting.
  • Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems.
  • SAR, EMS, Ranger Skills, Wildlife Management
  • Numerous recreational opportunities exist both within the National Park and in the surrounding National Forest lands, including hiking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, etc.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Visitor Services and Site Operations
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Recreation Management
degree minor or extensive experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
some experience
Leadership Experience
some experience
Orienteering compass skills
some experience