Wilderness Ranger Participant

Expected Dates
June 15, 2020 to September 6, 2020
Site
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
Position ID
PO-00730373

The SCA intern will work in conjunction with district Wilderness Staff or a Trails Crew Lead to patrol, monitor, assess, and maintain trails in Designated Wilderness Areas and also non-motorized trails.  In addition projects may be tackled that include the decommissioning of inappropriate campsites and illegal trails.  The intern will be responsible for assuring wilderness areas and trails are maintained to established standards which will include the use of crosscut saws and/or chainsaws and other primitive tools.  The Intern will assist district wilderness and trail crew personnel to hike and clear blow down trees from trails both in and out of wilderness.  The Intern will be responsible for helping to identify and rehabilitate denuded campsites and user created trails.  The Intern will collaborate with partners, other agencies, and other interest groups to complete wilderness projects and tasks as assigned.  The Intern will be responsible for contacting a variety of user groups to provide information and education regarding wilderness regulations/restrictions and wilderness philosophy.  The Intern will monitor and check for compliance with regulations and track and report violations to supervisors.  The Intern will be responsible for educating forest visitors on “Leave No trace and “Pack it in, Pack it out” principles as well as standard information on resource management, pack stock use, and camping near water and trails.  The Intern will also assist in the collection of GPS data and assist in maintenance of assorted GIS data bases. Core aspects of this position include self-sufficient backpacking, unsupervised remote area work, and public contact.  Applicants must have and can articulate extensive experience in back-country environments.  Communication skills, individual work ethic and independence are desired qualities of the incumbent.  

Compensation amounts:

  • $650 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $85 - weekly living allowance
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($1,612 education award)
  • Housing

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

  • Arapaho National Forest, Sulphur Ranger District, Grand Lake Colorado
  • Use and maintenance of primitive tools including
    cross cut saws.
    CPR/1st Aid training
    Trail Maintenance Training
    GPS Equipment use and data collection
  • The Sulphur Ranger District is home to amazing recreational opportunities including but not limited to; hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, fat biking, road biking, fishing, boating canoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, whitewater rafting and kayaking.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Backpacking
competent without supervision
Camping
competent without supervision
Hand Tools
some experience
Trail Maintenance
competent with supervision
Orienteering compass skills
competent with supervision