Volunteer Opportunity – Wilderness Ranger, Ashley National Forest

Ashley National Forest

Job Title: Wilderness Ranger

Organization: Ashley National Forest

Contact:  Sam Wiswell 435-781-5230

Duties: Duties include visitor information and education of wilderness rules and regulations, trash collection, natural resource restoration, and monitoring, and trail maintenance. Volunteer Wilderness Rangers need to have good communication and interpersonal skills. Volunteers can expect work alongside paid Wilderness Rangers and Trail Crew in the early season to build a base of skills required to effectively perform in this position. Opportunities to work alone may be presented as individuals build the confidence to work in a Wilderness environment on multi-day assignments.

Desired qualifications: Our Trail Crew and Wilderness Rangers work in the backcountry for 8 consecutive days 10 hour days followed by 6 days off. Ideally, volunteers would also be on this schedule but working weekends may also be an option. Travel is usually on foot carrying a backpack that contains personal as well as work supplies and tools. Sixty to seventy-pound loads plus tools would be considered average. Overnight stays involve camping in a tent. Some work may involve working with the District Animal Packer and stock (horses and mules) so familiarity with the use of riding and pack stock is beneficial. Most of the work will be in the High Uintas Wilderness but may occur in non-Wilderness backcountry settings. Having a focus on personal as well a co-worker safety is essential. Individuals can expect to perform daily arduous manual labor in a variety of weather conditions ranging from intense heat and sun to extreme cold with rain and snow at elevations ranging from 9000 to 13000 ft. Some gear such as tents, stoves, and water filters will be provided but volunteers must have their own high-quality outdoor gear such as hiking boots, rain gear, etc.

Start and end dates: 6/2/2019–9/30/2019

Salary/pay: Housing may be provided to volunteers free of charge. The bunkhouse is coed and can house up to twenty people in ten rooms. The facility includes a large kitchen, community space, and bedrooms with locking doors. Volunteer Rangers are provided $31 per day when working in the backcountry or $18 per day when working in the front country to cover food costs.

How to apply: Follow this link