Wilderness Dayen, The Society for Wilderness Stewardship

Redding, CA; Eureka, CA; Luftkin, TX; Flagstaff, AZ; Silver City, NM

Position Title: Wilderness Dayen

Organization: The Society for Wilderness Stewardship

Location: Redding, CA; Eureka, CA; Luftkin, TX; Flagstaff, AZ; Silver City, NM

Organization Overview: The Society for Wilderness Stewardship (SWS) is a non-profit organization seeking to promote excellence in the professional practice of wilderness stewardship, science, and education to ensure the life-sustaining benefits of wilderness. In other words, they are a professional society working to set the standard for wilderness management.

Position Overview: SWS is hiring 10 Dayens to work with the USFS across the country to complete Wilderness character monitoring baseline assessments for Wilderness areas managed by the USFS. Dayens will work closely and collaboratively with Wilderness staff to produce reports on the state of the Wilderness. Work is 90% office based and 10% field based. Jobs can be done remotely, with some travel to the Wilderness areas required in the year. Preference will be given to applicants with specific knowledge of the area or a desire to work with and visit these remote Wilderness areas. Please see the website for more information about each Dayen position available. Applicants with a passion for Wilderness, land stewardship, and an interest in working with the USFS should apply.


  • Lead the project to produce Wilderness Character Baseline Assessments for local Wilderness areas. Coordinate with Forest Service staff, partners and others, write the assessments, set overall project timelines and goals.
  • Attend a one-week Wilderness Fellow training at Powell Ranger station
  • Coordinate meetings with USFS resource specialists and line officers to gather information regarding Wilderness character.
  • Research, compile, and analyze legislative and administrative historical data per Wilderness area.
  • Travel to and into wilderness areas. Travel costs will be reimbursed.
  • Select indicators relevant for each Wilderness area to monitor Wilderness character over time.
  • Compile and analyze data for selected monitoring indicators and complete a baseline assessment for Wilderness character monitoring.
  • Implement inventory and monitoring strategies for tracking Wilderness character.
  • Write a Wilderness character baseline assessment for each Wilderness area worked in.
  • Participate in weekly conference calls.
  • Set and meet benchmarks and deadlines for data collection, meetings, and draft and final reports.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, Master’s degree or work experience equivalent to a Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Educational background in Wilderness Management, Protected Area/Natural Resource Management, Recreation Resource Management, Conservation, Social Science, Environmental Policy, Natural, Biological and/or Physical Science.
  • Deep interest in Wilderness/resource management.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • Research skill and attention to detail and organization.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively on projects, a high degree of initiative.
  • Understanding and the ability to use GIS software.
  • Results-oriented with the ability to set and follow realistic goals and objectives.
  • Flexibility to adapt when faced with changing needs and priorities.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, comfort with technology.
  • Ability to travel to remote field locations (travel provided), and to relocate if necessary (assistance not provided).
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).

Start Date: May 1

Salary/Pay: $42,400 per year

Application Deadline: February 24

How to Apply: Email a resume, cover letter, a one-to-two page writing sample, and three professional or academic references to Julia Cotter at: hiringmanager@wildernessstewardship.org Please include the position you are interested in that email subject line of the email.