Wilderness and Trails Intern

Expected Dates
May 4, 2017 to May 31, 2017
Sawtooth National Forest
Position ID
This position will serve as part of a 4 person trail crew working in Sawtooth, White Cloud, and Hemingway-Boulders Wildernesses and other backcountry areas of Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Sawtooth National Forest. Crew and interns will remove trees, brush, rock and other debris blocking trails; maintain and construct water bars and other erosion control structures; repair puncheons, bridges and other trail structures; and reconstruct/ relocate some sections of trails. They will use crosscut saws or chain saws, axes, pulaskis, shovels, loppers, hand saws, picks, and other hand and power tools. For main part of field season they will work 8 10-hour days with 6 days off between trips. They will camp in wilderness or other backcountry for many of work periods. They will either backpack, be horse supported, or camp at remote trailheads. They will also clean campsites and contact visitors.
This position will be supported by the SCA Idaho Corps program which operates at the Moyer Helitack base about 45 miles away. Members will join the SCA Idaho Corps for pre-season training , and will also be involved in SCA community meetings each month.
  • Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Sawtooth National Forest near Stanley, Idaho
  • Chainsaw, crosscut saw, other trail tools, trail maintenance and construction techniques, horsemanship and packing, radio use, Leave No Trace, defensive driving, conduct and ethics, other general Forest Service and area specific orientation, wilderness ed
  • Trainings provided to rest of crews, wilderness and other public land management issues and techniques, introduction to specialties like fisheries, wildlife, fire.
    Hiking, biking, boating, fishing, and other outdoor pursuits are available in area.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience