Wilderness Monitoring Position, Bridger-Teton National Forest

Pinedale, WY

Position Title: Wilderness Monitoring Position

Organization: Bridger-Teton National Forest

Location: Pinedale, WY

Position Overview: Pinedale Ranger District on the Bridger-Teton National Forest is seeking an individual who will serve as a wilderness monitoring employee. The Pinedale Ranger District is taking part in a solitude data monitoring and collection effort that will require an employee to lead this data collection. While this monitoring effort is seeking specifically solitude monitoring as the primary workload, other monitoring efforts may be needed, such as site condition class monitoring and trails monitoring. Solitude monitoring work will follow the Troy Hall national minimum solitude monitoring standards (Solitude Minimum Protocol Version 1.1) accepted by the USDA Forest Service to monitor visitor encounter trends. Site condition class will follow the Sidney S. Frissell condition class monitoring standards (General Technical Report INT-176) accepted by the USDA Forest Service to monitor wilderness campsites. Note housing is negotiable upon selection.


  • Ability to plan, sustain and execute extended unsupported backpacking trips into the Bridger Wilderness for up to eight (8) days at a time.
  • Ability to hike up to ten (10) miles per day carrying a backpack weighing up to 1/3 of the incumbent’s body weight at elevations of up to or over ten thousand feet (10,000 ft.) in elevation while being exposed to environmental factors including snow, rain, wind, biting insects, high wind, steep terrain, and diminished visibility for durations of time while operating in active black bear and grizzly bear habitat.
  • Ability to have above average wilderness navigation skills to travel to and from desired monitoring sites.
  • Ability to communicate on a USDA Forest Service supplied two-way radio to ensure check-in procedures are followed for safety in wilderness travel.
  • Ability to communicate on a satellite Messager device to ensure check-in procedures are followed for safety in wilderness travel.
  • Has a valid state issued driver’s license.
  • Collecting wilderness solitude/visitor encounter monitoring data.
  • Collecting wilderness site condition class monitoring data.
  • Collecting wilderness trails monitoring data.
  • Coordinating with other staffs on the Forest to collect data.
  • Data entry into a handheld device such as a smart phone or tablet using a preset data entry format in the field.
  • Data entry on written forms in the field.
  • Data entry when back at the District headquarters into a database.

How to Apply: Please contact Patrick Riggan (Patrick.r.riggan@usda.gov) for more information.