Wilderness Ranger Intern

Expected Dates
June 26, 2019 to October 1, 2019
Sequoia National Forest
Position ID

Wilderness Interns will generally spend 2-4 days every week patrolling backcountry areas with both overnight and day patrols. The work includes basic trail work, trailhead maintenance, campsite maintenance and monitoring, working with volunteer groups, visitor contacts and education on Leave No Trace (LNT) wilderness ethics. A big part of our job is simply being a presence in the backcountry for hikers and campers. There are two wilderness areas in our district: Jennie Lakes and Monarch. Most of our time is spent in the wonderful Jennie Lakes Wilderness, as it is more heavily visited and was not affected by the 2015 Rough Fire. The more remote Monarch has been closed due to serious damage from the fire, and so we will be continuing work to re-build trails and expect to open these areas back up to visitation soon. We hope to spend more time patrolling the Monarch again this Summer.  

Internships last 14 weeks and while there is flexibility in start and end dates, we have the annual California Wilderness Ranger Academy the 1st week of June and so it is important to arrive before then. At the academy you will have the opportunity for certifications such as CPR/1st Aid and Crosscut Saw use, as well as meeting rangers and land managers from all over the state and region.

A Wilderness Ranger is the first line to protect these wild places and also the face that most visitors associate with the Forest Service, therefore we play a crucial role on the marvelous public lands of the United States. Come and be a part of the best job on the planet - preserving wilderness!

Personal recreational opportunities are boundless and include hiking and camping in Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks and on the Giant Sequoia National Monument.


  • Giant Sequoia National Monument
    Hume Lake Ranger District, Sequoia National Forest
  • CPR/1st Aid
    Crosscut Saw Certification
  • Backcountry skills, basic hand tool use, Forest Service regulations, unlimited hiking and camping opportunities
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
competent without supervision
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience