Field Ranger Intern

Expected Dates
May 13, 2019 to September 1, 2019
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
Position ID

Field Ranger interns welcome visitors while sharing valuable information about the natural and cultural resources of Mount Evans. A Field Ranger intern is an ambassador for the Forest Service acting as an informational and educational contact for forest visitors. They should be friendly, enthusiastic and ready to engage visitors in meaningful dialogue about Mount Evans. By utilizing interpretive techniques Field Ranger interns can create connections between the public, the resource and the Forest Service. Additionally they provide a friendly face for visitors to engage with; entering into meaningful dialogue about public lands and what visitors wish to get out of their experiences. This interaction is an opportunity to educate visitors and expose them to topics that are unique to Mount Evans such as the alpine tundra environment, wildlife, geology and bristlecone pine. 

Primary responsibilities are to staff the Welcome Station, Mount Goliath Natural Area, Summit Lake Park and the Mount Evans Summit (parking lot and peak), providing visitor information services to the thousands of people who visit each year.  Field Ranger interns perform daily routine tasks which include driving to sites, completing safety checks, assisting with maintenance and cleaning tasks, picking up litter, and will open, close and maintain the Dos Chappell Nature Center.

Compensation amounts:

  • $650 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $400 - weekly living allowance
  • Housing

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

*Please note this position is NOT eligible for an AmeriCorps education award*

  • The Clear Creek Ranger District of Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland is located in the foothills community of Idaho Springs, Colorado (7,500 feet). Idaho Springs is a small town along the I-70 corridor that has all the basic services one would need and is approximately 1 1/2 hours from Rocky Mt. National Park, 45 minutes from Boulder and 35 minutes from Denver. Year-round recreation abounds, including two ski areas, two wilderness areas, two Scenic Byways, eight campgrounds and the Mount Evans Recreation Area. The Mount Evans road makes it possible for people of all physical abilities to access numerous recreational opportunities within a high alpine environment. To access the 14,264 foot summit of Mount Evans, visitors travel along the highest road in North America. Each summer over 175,000 people enjoy a variety of activities such as: site seeing, wildlife and wildflower viewing, nature photography, hunting and fishing, hiking, and biking. The area attractions include mountain goats, bighorn sheep, bristlecone pine and scenic vistas of the Rockies.
  • CPR/1st Aid; Defensive Driving and introduction to U.S. Forest Service operations
  • Education: Public Speaking, Science, Program Development
    Recreational: Hiking, biking, rafting, concerts, etc.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Visitor Services and Site Operations
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
competent with supervision
Leadership Experience
some experience
Public Speaking
competent with supervision