Wilderness Field Ranger

Expected Dates
May 13, 2019 to September 15, 2019
Site
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forest
Position ID
PO-00727870

The Wilderness Field Ranger will participate in a variety of activities in the Crested Butte/Gunnison area, which lies within the GMUG National Forests. The following are duties and activities that the intern will participate in:

  • Developing Leave No Trace messages to share with the visiting public of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness (MBSW).
  • Sharing educational messages in the field to our local community and visiting public
  • Maintaining permit boxes and signage for the MBSW
  • Hiking on remote and rugged trails in variable weather conditions
  • Reporting trail and sign damage in the MBSW, repairing minor issues as capable
  • Providing maintenance to Wilderness trails, including clearing trees off the trail with hand saws 
  • Maintaining and cleaning wilderness trailheads and toilets associated with the Maroon-Bells Snowmass Wilderness, specifically focusing on the Crested Butte side of the area in the busy Gothic corridor and East Fork Trailhead. 

Location Description These positions are located in Gunnison, CO, and the duties encompass the entire Gunnison Ranger District, which encompasses over 1.3 million acres of the Central Rockies.

Training Provided We have two weeks of in depth training at the beginning of the intern’s tour, this includes first aid, CPR and AED training, Forest Service trainings such as defensive driving and other technical training, as well as geology, ecology, cultural history, valuing people and place, and interpretation.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities The Gunnison/Crested Butte area offers an abundance of opportunities to recreate, including motorized and non-motorized opportunities, dryland and over-snow, running and still water. Gunnison is also home of Western State Colorado University, so educational goals are attainable locally.
Tag: SCA 1957

  • These position is located in Gunnison, CO, and the duties encompass the Maroon Bells Snowmass wilderness and the adjacent impacted areas.
  • We have two weeks of in depth training at the beginning of the intern’s tour, this includes first aid, CPR and
    AED training, Forest Service trainings such as defensive driving and other technical training, as well as
    interpretive training.
  • The Gunnison/Crested Butte area offers an abundance of opportunities to recreate, including motorized and
    non-motorized opportunities, dryland and over-snow, running and still water. Gunnison is also home of
    Western State Colorado University.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Visitor Services and Site Operations
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Backpacking
competent with supervision
Customer Service
competent with supervision
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Orienteering compass skills
competent with supervision