Desolation Wilderness Backcountry Intern

Expected Dates
June 10, 2019 to September 15, 2019
Eldorado National Forest
Position ID
Intern would work with wilderness staff and Desolation Wilderness Volunteers for patrols, education and outreach, monitoring, trail maintenance, and campsite restoration efforts. In addition to backcountry patrols, intern would complete any follow up monitoring need for campsite inventory and other monitoring efforts within Desolation Wilderness. The monitoring efforts are critical to maintaining wilderness character within Desolation Wilderness. Intern may also assist with educational outreach including the following: work on Wilderness Education programs by working with Desolation Wilderness Volunteers, Eldorado National Forest Interpretive Assoc., and Forest staff to provide educational programs such as, Trailhead Naturalist, interpretive programs and planning and implementing outreach and education programs at local businesses, schools and community groups. Intern may also assist with backcountry wilderness patrols and maintenance projects.

Desolation Wilderness is located in the central Sierra Nevada range on the west slope of Lake Tahoe.  Desolation covers nearly 64,000 acres on the Eldorado National Forest and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and is one of the most heavily visited wilderness areas for its size.  The Pacific Crest Trail traverses Desolation for 17 miles from Echo Lakes in the south to Richardson Lake in the north.  Desolation is known for its many lakes and open granite landscape.
  • District Office is located in Pollock Pines, CA. Desolation Wilderness is located in the central Sierra Nevada mountains near Lake Tahoe
  • Member would receive all standard training to complete field work. Opportunity to crosstrain in developed recreation, wildlife, hydrology or archaeology.
  • Member would have close access to numerous outdoor recreational opportunities, such as backpacking, cycling, white water boating, rock climbing, etc.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
competent with supervision
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience
Orienteering compass skills
some experience