Wilderness Trail Intern

Expected Dates
May 28, 2019 to August 19, 2019
Site
Payette National Forest
Position ID
PO-00727471
The Wilderness Trail Interns on the Payette National Forest will be performing trail maintenance and backpacking along 360 miles of trail on the Payette National Forest portion of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area. Duties will include: assisting Wilderness Ranger to brush out trails, re-establishing trail tread, clearing logs crossing the trails, cleaning out water bars, installing trail signs, and providing campsite cleanup and rehab.

Required skills include: first aid/CPR training including certification; backpacking skills; map reading; ability and willingness to live and work out of remote/primitive work stations with no electricity or internet service for 12 weeks with no planned trips to town; flexible schedule, self-motivated and a hard worker. Ability to work alone and with a crew. Strong physical fitness required.
  • The Frank Church River Of No Return Wilderness is located in central Idaho on the Boise, Nez Perce, Payette, and Salmon Challis National Forests. Two Wild and Scenic Rivers run through the Wilderness, the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, and the Salmon River. Elevations range from less than 2000 feet in the lower river canyons to over 10,000 ft. on the higher peaks. There are 2600 miles of Forest Service trails, 24 airstrips, 33 fire lookouts and over 100 trail bridges. Historic and prehistoric heritage of the area is a recognized component of this wilderness.
  • Proper use of hand tools; Leave No Trace camping techniques; radio use; personal safety; campsite selection; environmental hazards; opportunity to be exposed to Forest Service Recreation and Wilderness Management, Land Ethic, mission and policy
  • Opportunities to gain knowledge and experience about your environment and surroundings, yourself and what you are capable of in a remote setting. Opportunity for additional hikes, fishing, and seeing more country on days off.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Forestry
some coursework or experience
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
competent without supervision
Trail Maintenance
competent with supervision