River Ranger Intern

Expected Dates
April 4, 2022 to October 30, 2022
BLM Utah (UT)
Position ID
Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.

​​​​​​​Become a Park Ranger Aide and provide direct services to the community through the Bureau of Land Management Westwater Program. This position is a great opportunity to learn about outdoor recreation and federal land management. Join us to receive practical experience in land management, work closely with land management professionals to learn about resource management plans, and gain experience in allocated permit systems and travel management planning.

Primary Duties:

- Perform environmental education and manage events and visitors in relation to environmental stewardship.
- Interns will work alongside seasoned Park Rangers and will perform a variety of tasks:
- Compliance checks of permitted boaters at the Westwater Ranger station to ensure they have required safety equipment and understand the need for resource protection
- Boater assistance and providing information to visitors
- Performing light maintenance of camping and launch area facilities and equipment
- Conducting river patrols in class III and IV whitewater to monitor resource conditions, campsite inspections, clean campsites, and check boater compliance
- Assisting the River Rangers in compiling river use data
- Monitoring of Westwater Canyon Wilderness Study Area by 4-wheel drive vehicle, foot, UTV, and/or bicycle/motorcycle.
- Disseminating information to motorized recreationists in areas adjacent to Westwater Canyon

Compensation amounts:
  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $250 - weekly living allowance
  • $4,441.50 - AmeriCorps Education Award
  • Housing provided

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

Conditions of Employment:
Required to demonstrate full vaccination status for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine;


Receive from SCA a reasonable accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements
based on a medical disability or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Additional information and
instructions regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation will be provided at the time of

  • This position will be based at the Westwater Ranger Station, a remote ranger station for the Moab Bureau of Land Management Field Office. The Westwater Ranger Station is the starting point for river trips through Westwater canyon as well as the takeout for river trips through Ruby Horsethief canyon. The station is located 40 miles from Grand Junction, Colorado and 70 Miles from Moab, Utah.
  • On the job training will be provided in following areas
    - Management of a permitted river system
    - Implementation of a travel management plan
    - Campground Management
    - White water rafting skills
    - Data collection and reporting
  • Individuals placed at the westwater ranger station will be located near world class mountain biking, hiking, rafting , rock climbing trail running and 4x4 trails.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Recreation Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
some experience
Customer Service
some experience
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience