Wilderness Careers

Current Wilderness Careers Listings

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Wilderness Fellow                                                                       Society for Wilderness Stewardship - Numerous Locations Around the Nation

The Society for Wilderness Stewardship is now recruiting for 10 Wilderness Fellows Positions.  Wilderness Fellows will be stationed on National Forests where they will work with district and forest staff to implement a new wilderness stewardship inventory and monitoring initiative that will fulfill components of the 'Wilderness Character Baseline' element in the USFS Wilderness Stewardship Performance Measures.  View the position description and application directions here.

Contact:  Heather MacSlarrow, 406-212-5464


Wilderness Ranger Internship - Volunteer   White River National Forest - Aspen, CO

The White River National Forest in Colorado is recruiting applicants for several Wilderness Ranger internship positions for the summer of 2017.  The ranger interns’ primary duty is to conduct educational patrols of the Forest’s Wilderness areas.  The ideal applicant is an experienced outdoor leader who is passionate about the stewardship of wild lands and interested in a career in natural resource management.  Interns will receive intensive training and education in natural resource management from an inter-disciplinary, field based perspective.  This is a volunteer position that includes field per diem reimbursement ($140/week), housing, and an exceptional career/life experience.  For more information on the position, view the 2014 Wilderness Program Report.  

Program dates are May 30 - August 21, 2017.  Position duties include: 4 day backpacking controls of around 30 miles at high elevation in seasonal conditions over weekends and holidays, carrying a 50 lb pack plus tools, visitor education on Wilderness ethics/regulations, trail maintenance using traditional tools, natural and social resource monitoring, restoration of impacted sites, sign/trailhead installation and maintenance, invasive species treatment, community outreach for Wilderness awareness, program reporting and review, various other duties in support of the Wilderness and district programs.  Outreach notice and hiring instructions available here.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to aspenwilderness@gmail.com before February 15th, 2017.

Contact: Andrew Larson, 970-404-3149.


Recreation/River Ranger/Trails/Wilderness - GS-0462-03/04/05, WL-5001-05   Sawtooth National Recreation Area - Stanley, Idaho

NOTE: THIS IS AN OUTREACH NOTICE, MEANING THAT THIS JOB HAS NOT YET BEEN POSTED ON USAJOBS.  IF INTERESTED IN THE POSITION, RETURN THE OUTREACH NOTICE TO THE HIRING OFFICIAL.  OUTREACH NOTICES ARE HIGHLY BENEFICIAL AS THEY ALLOW YOU TO BUILD RAPPORT WITH HIRING OFFICIALS PRIOR TO JOB POSTINGS. 

The Sawtooth National Recreation Area is outreaching for positions, at three different grade levels.  These include: 1-4 GS-0462-04/05 Forestry Aid/Technicians (Recreation); GS-0462-4/05 Forestry Technicians (FPO/River Ranger); GS-0462-03/04/05 Forestry Aids (Trail Crew) and Forestry Technicians (Trails), WG-5001-05 Packer/Trail Crew Lead, and GS-0462-04/05/06 Forestry Technicians (Wilderness).

The Sawtooth National Recreation Area is looking for talented men and women to join our professional and diverse workforce for the 2017 field season in Recreation, Wilderness, Trails and River management programs. If you are looking for a rewarding job connecting you to our public lands and the people who enjoy them than this is an opportunity for you. The positions are located in and around Stanley, Idaho. Bunkhouse facilities may be available but are not guaranteed. Individuals working on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area can expect to perform their duties in a variety of weather conditions ranging from intense heat and sun to extreme cold with rain and snow. Applicants must be physically fit and at least 18 years of age. Positions will start around the end of May and last to the end of September. The ability to work for the duration of these dates can be a selective factor. Hiring to start in January.  Outreach notice and hiring instructions available here.  

Contact: Jerry Cowan, 208-774-3021 for Rec and River Ranger positions; Jay Dorr, 208-727-5011 for Trails and Packer positions; and Liese Dean, 208-727-5023 for Wilderness positions.


Wilderness Ranger & Trails Crew - GS-0462-03/04/05               Lolo National Forest - Seeley Lake, MT

Be a part of the Forest Service Wilderness and Trails Program!  Submit applications toUSAJobs: https://www.usajobs.gov/ January 4-10 only!  See below for 2017 Vacancy Announcement Numbers. For Wilderness Ranger positions, apply to Wilderness/Trailsvacancy announcements. For Trail Crew positions, apply to Trails AND Wilderness/Trailsvacancy announcements. Any interested applicants can apply to the GS-03 vacancy announcement.

GS-030462 Forestry Aid (General): 17-TEMP-R1-0462-3AID-DT

GS-04 0462 Forestry Tech (Wilderness/Trails): 17-TEMP-R1-0462-4WLTR-DT

GS-040462 Forestry Tech (Trails): 17-TEMP-R1-0462-4TRLS-DT

GS-050462 Forestry Tech (Wilderness/Trails): 17-TEMP-R1-0462-5WILD-DT

GS-050462 Forestry Tech (Trails): 17-TEMP-R1-0462-5TRLS-DT

GS-060462 Forestry Tech (Wilderness/Trails): 17-TEMP-R1-0462-6WILD-DT

GS-06 0462 Forestry Tech (Trails): 17-TEMP-R1-0462-6TRL-DT

Full announcement available here.  

Contact: Trails Program Manager Jeremy Watkins, 406-677-3920; Wilderness Program Manager Geoff Bogie, 406-677-3919; or Recreation manager Katie Knotek, 406-677-3924.  


Natural Resource Manager (Recreation) - GS-0101-0401-0807-12   Salmon Challis National Forest - Salmon, ID

NOTE: THIS IS AN OUTREACH NOTICE, MEANING THAT THIS JOB HAS NOT YET BEEN POSTED ON USAJOBS.  IF INTERESTED IN THE POSITION, RETURN THE OUTREACH NOTICE TO THE HIRING OFFICIAL.  OUTREACH NOTICES ARE HIGHLY BENEFICIAL AS THEY ALLOW YOU TO BUILD RAPPORT WITH HIRING OFFICIALS PRIOR TO JOB POSTINGS. 

In the short term (first four years), this position will share duties as a member of the Forest Plan Revision Interdisciplinary Planning Team (40%) and (60%) Recreation Program Manager. As an Inter Disciplinary team member, identifies issues and management concerns, supports the NEPA analysis, collects and interprets resource data, describes resource conditions, lists and interprets legal and policy guidelines, helps develop management alternatives and strategies, and provides recommendations on the recreation use. Participates on teams active in monitoring or other reviews of the Land Management Plan.

In the long term, this position will provide program leadership for recreation resources and management activities on the Forest. Provides leadership for program planning and budgeting for assigned resource management. Oversees budgets for current fiscal year and plans for out-year funding needs within assigned area of responsibility. Coordinates input from field units to identify attainment targets; to recommend funds for subunits; and to monitor, evaluate, and report on program accomplishments.  Outreach notice available here.  

Contact: Tom Ford, 208-756-5290.


Program Director - Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation - Missoula, MT

The Program Director will provide coordination, oversight and development for SBFC wilderness stewardship programs across the 4 million acre wilderness complex. The positon is responsible for developing,coordinating, planning, managing and leading annual programs of staff and volunteer work in a collaborative partnership with the U. S. Forest Service and wilderness managers on the Bitterroot, Nez Perce-Clearwater, Payette and Salmon-Challis National Forests. Full position description available here.  

Contact: Sally Ferguson, 208-871-1906.


Phase 1 Multiple Seasonal/Temporary Positions - GS-0462-03/04/05   Payette National Forest - Multiple Duty Locations

NOTE: THIS IS AN OUTREACH NOTICE, MEANING THAT THIS JOB HAS NOT YET BEEN POSTED ON USAJOBS.  IF INTERESTED IN THE POSITION, RETURN THE OUTREACH NOTICE TO THE HIRING OFFICIAL.  OUTREACH NOTICES ARE HIGHLY BENEFICIAL AS THEY ALLOW YOU TO BUILD RAPPORT WITH HIRING OFFICIALS PRIOR TO JOB POSTINGS. 

The Krassel Ranger District is outreaching for up to fifteen temporary forestry technicians, at three different grade levels.  These may include: 1-4 GS-0462-04/05 Wilderness Technicians; 2-5 GS-0462-03/04/05 Trail Crew Members; 1 Packer WG-5001-05, 8 Student Conservation Association Wilderness Interns.  Positions will be out stationed for the duration of the season.  Applicants must be physically fit and at least 18 years of age.  These positions will generally start in mid-May and last to mid-October (funding and weather dependent).  It is recommended that you apply as soon as possible, as hiring will begin as early as February 1, 2016  Outreach notice available here.  

Contact: Patrick Brown, 208-634-0616.


Animal Packer WG-5001-05   Payette National Forest - McCall, ID

NOTE: THIS IS AN OUTREACH NOTICE, MEANING THAT THIS JOB HAS NOT YET BEEN POSTED ON USAJOBS.  IF INTERESTED IN THE POSITION, RETURN THE OUTREACH NOTICE TO THE HIRING OFFICIAL.  OUTREACH NOTICES ARE HIGHLY BENEFICIAL AS THEY ALLOW YOU TO BUILD RAPPORT WITH HIRING OFFICIALS PRIOR TO JOB POSTINGS. 

This position works primarily in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness out of an isolated USFS Guard Station in Big Creek. Incumbent will be responsible for the loading and unloading, and transport of agency pack stock animals from winter pasture into the field by utilizing agency vehicles and trailers. Packages for transport by pack stock, supplies and equipment. Loads and hitches packaged gear onto pack animals in a manner that ensures safe transport without injury to stock. Safely travel with a pack string in the backcountry long distances in inclement weather through rough, steep mountainous terrain; typically moving camp every day while utilizing Leave No Trace techniques and minimum impact stock use; hold stock overnight in backcountry areas using high-lines pickets and hobbles; work alone with little supervision on the trail in the Wilderness for up to 10 days at a time.  Outreach notice available here.  

Contact: Joshua Simpson, 208-634-0616.


Outdoor Recreation Planner (Wilderness/Recreation) GS-0023-09/11   BLM - Winnemucca, NV. 

Oversee the planning and administration of a more complex recreation program to include: heritage tour resources, interpretive services, recreation special uses, National Conservation Areas, developed sites, and dispersed recreation.  Coordinate recreation program activities with other BLM District and Field Offices, as well as local governments, other Federal agencies, private organizations, and the general public.  Review, recommend, and implement changes to recreation program policies, standards, methods, controls, and procedures. Analyze and evaluate services, projects, programs, and/or functions of one or more Outdoor Recreation Programs.  Provide recommendations to local management concerning current and multi-year recreation program(s) budget funding and priorities to ensure recreation priorities are met.  Identify training needs and promote and implement an integrated training program to teach basic and complex skills of Outdoor Recreation Planning.  Full USAJobs posting available here

Contact: Human Resources, 775-861-6431. 


Forestry Technician (Wilderness) GS-0462-06/06   Forest Service Region 6 - Butte Falls, OR; Sisters, OR; Zigzag, OR; Chelan, WA; Entiat, WA; Granite Falls, WA; Leavenworth, WA; Naches, WA.

Participates in the preparation and execution of wilderness management plans based on approved direction in land management plans. Prepares annual wilderness operating plans. Implements wilderness, and/or trail and bridge construction and reconstruction projects. Develops and monitors the logistics required for completion of wilderness projects and non- wilderness projects associated with trail maintenance and reconstruction. This includes condition surveys, developing project plans and cost estimates, and making recommendations for improvements. Implementation may involve the supervision of small crews in such activities.  Full USAJobs posting available here

Contact: HRM Contact Center, 877-372-7248 option 2. 


Forestry Aid (Wilderness) GS-0462-03/03   Umatilla National Forest - Ukiah, WA & Pomeroy, WA.

Performs crew member duties in support of unit programs in wilderness management. Duties include checking visitor use of recreation facilities and monitors compliance with agency rules and regulations for campfires, sanitation, camp sites, party size, etc. Uses tools such as crosscut saws, adze, axes, and hand tools to maintain wilderness areas, facilities, and trails. Assists in wildlife or fisheries habitat improvement work by performing specific tasks in wildlife stand improvement.  Full USAJobs posting available here

Contact: HRM Contact Center, 877-372-7248 option 2. 


Forestry Technician (Wilderness) GS-0462-04/04   Forest Service Region 6 - Detroit, OR; Joseph, OR; Ukiah, OR; Waldport, OR; Chelan, WA; Cle Elum, WA; Entiat, WA; Enumclaw, WA; Leavenworth, WA; Naches, WA; North Bend, WA; Pomeroy, WA; Randle, WA; Skykomish, WA; Winthrop, WA.

Assures wilderness work projects are completed safely and utilizes minimal tool concept.  Assures wilderness areas and trails are maintained to established trail standards. Assists in re-establishment of native plants at denuded campsites and abandoned trails by preparing the soil for revegetation, transporting plants to the site and protecting the site after revegetation takes place.  Implements current NEPA and Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) processes. Can process and interpret historical and cultural values specific to wilderness areas.  Works with other agencies, interest groups, and partnerships to accomplish wilderness tasks and studies.  Full USAJobs posting available here

Contact: HRM Contact Center, 877-372-7248 option 2. 


Park Ranger (Interpretation - Wilderness) GS-0025-07/07   Katmai National Park - King Salmon, AK

This is a temporary, seasonal interpretive position (April 24 - September 30, 2016), not to exceed 1039 hours of employment per year. The duty station is at park headquarters in King Salmon, AK, but the position will require extended interpretive backcountry presence  in remote wilderness areas of the park such as the Katmai Coast, Valley of 10,000 Smokes, Savonoski Loop, Nonvianuk Lake or Katmai National Preserve, and possibly the developed Brooks Camp area. Wilderness Patrols will typically last three to six weeks and rangers will be required to plan for and carry all necessary equipment and food. Travel to and from field locations will be via fixed wing aircraft. Backcountry interpreters will reside either at King Salmon in seasonal employee dorm, remote wilderness cabins, or in self-established tent camps in wilderness areas with high concentrations of brown bears.  Full USAJobs posting available here.

Contact: SROC Hiring.


Lead Recreation Technician (Rivers & Wilderness) GS-0462-07   Coconino National Forest - Sedona, AZ

The lead technician works with several partner organizations to conduct field projects and to provide public education year-round. The position requires a high degree of public interaction, strong communication skills, and the ability to solve problems under pressure. The lead technician supervises one permanent river ranger, one seasonal river ranger, one seasonal wilderness ranger, and up to eight recreation technicians working in the Fossil Creek permit area.  Full position description available here.

Contact: Adam Barnett, 928-203-7529.


Forestry Technician (Wilderness/Trails) GS-0462-05/06/07   White River National Forest - Meeker, CO

NOTE: THIS IS AN OUTREACH NOTICE, MEANING THAT THIS JOB HAS NOT YET BEEN POSTED ON USAJOBS.  IF INTERESTED IN THE POSITION, RETURN THE OUTREACH NOTICE TO THE HIRING OFFICIAL.  OUTREACH NOTICES ARE HIGHLY BENEFICIAL AS THEY ALLOW YOU TO BUILD RAPPORT WITH HIRING OFFICIALS PRIOR TO JOB POSTINGS. 

The Blanco Ranger District is looking for a permanent-seasonal Wilderness and Trails Technician, GS-0462-05/06/07, guaranteed 18 pay periods on duty and up to 8 pay periods off duty in the winter.  This excellent positon will spend the majority of her/his time in the field in and around the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, working with Forest Service and volunteer crews to maintain trails, coordinate projects and manage the Wilderness resource.  The outreach response will help determine the grade at which this position will be filled. 

Plans and implements the logistics of wilderness projects associated with trail maintenance and reconstruction projects along with Wilderness stewardship projects. Performs trail log, condition, and prescription surveys.  Serves as team member to complete project analysis as required by NEPA and requests for motorized equipment use in wilderness.  Directs volunteer and crew member work projects.

Outreach notice available here.  

Contact: Victoria Houser, 970-878-6013.


The Admiralty Island National Monument (ANM) and Juneau Ranger District (JRD) wilderness program is outreaching to gauge interest in four permanent seasonal positions.  

NOTE: THESE ARE OUTREACH NOTICES, MEANING THAT THESE JOBS HVE NOT YET BEEN POSTED ON USAJOBS.  IF INTERESTED IN THE POSITION, RETURN THE OUTREACH NOTICE TO THE HIRING OFFICIAL.  OUTREACH NOTICES ARE HIGHLY BENEFICIAL AS THEY ALLOW YOU TO BUILD RAPPORT WITH HIRING OFFICIALS PRIOR TO JOB POSTINGS. 

Pack Creek Crew Leader GS-0462-07   Tongass National Forest - Juneau, Alaska

Responsible for administering Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area, including coordinating with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, working with outfitter/guides and training Pack Creek rangers.  Outreach notice available here.  

Contact: Kevin Hood, 208-789-6220.

Pack Creek Assistant Crew Leader GS-0462-06   Tongass National Forest - Juneau, Alaska

Assists Pack Creek Wilderness Crew Leader in administering the Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area and oversees Pack Creek field operations.  Outreach notice available here.  

Contact: Kevin Hood, 208-789-6220.

Wilderness Crew Leader GS-0462-07   Tongass National Forest - Juneau, Alaska

Responsible for administering ANM-JRD general wilderness stewardship program, including coordinating with partners and volunteers, conducting shipboard interpretation, monitoring outfitter/guides use areas and training ANM-JRD wilderness rangers, partners and volunteers.  Outreach notice available here.  

Contact: Kevin Hood, 208-789-6220.

Assistant Wilderness Crew Leader GS-0462-07   Tongass National Forest - Juneau, Alaska

Assists Wilderness Crew Leader inadministering ANM-JRD general wilderness stewardship program and training rangers, partners and volunteers. Outreach notice available here.  

Contact: Kevin Hood, 208-789-6220.


Recreation Management Specialist (Wild and Scenic Rivers and Scenic Easement Coordinator) GS-0301/09/11   Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest - Kooskia or Kamiah, Idaho

Provides expertise and advice in assessing current recreation use, type, and standards, and in long-range planning, maintenance, and operation of recreation facilities and trails.  Provides expertise and advice in the administration of wilderness, recreation, trails, special uses, and related programs and management activities where such activities are integral to river management.  Reviews and monitors recreation, wilderness and river related management activities, recommends ways to achieve goals and objectives, and reports accomplishments. Full position description available here.

Contact: Brandon Knapton, 208-926-6400.


Maintenance Worker Leader (Trails) WL-4749-07/07   National Park Service - Tucson, Arizona

The Maintenance Worker Leader (Trails) works under the direction of the Maintenance Worker Supervisor (Trails).  This position performs and leads lower graded workers in the maintenance, repair, rehabilitation, (re)construction, and stabilization of Park trails and related public use facilities throughout Saguaro National Park and including but not limited to Chiricahua National Monument, and Coronado National Memorial.  Incumbent is principally involved in leading the daily work of a 5 to12-person trail crew. Full position description available here.

Contact: Tammy Ice, 435-425-4123.  


Forestry Technician (Recreation - Snow Ranger) GS-0462-05/05   Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Incumbent provides technical support to the unit recreation and snow ranger program. Snow Rangers monitor winter recreation activities from December through April on National Forest Lands. Full position description available here. 

Contact: Adrianne Thatcher, 760-932-5812, or Jeffrey Weise, 760-932-5824.  


Forestry Technician (Integrated Resources Crew Member) GS-0462 - 04/06   Ouachita National Forest

Eight positions are available in the following locations: Jessieville Winona Fourche Ranger District (1) Mena Oden Ranger District (3) Cado/Womble Ranger District (1) Poteau Cold Springs Ranger District (2)  Oklahoma Ranger District (1).  These position will serve on a crew of 4-6 persons in the implementation of the district’s annual plan of work associated with timber sales, developed and dispersed recreation areas, trails, wilderness, special interest areas, reforestation, timber stand improvement, wildlife and fisheries, watershed improvement, fleet and facilities, roads, prescribed fire, wildland fire, range, oil/gas and minerals, special uses, signs, cultural resources and others. Full position description available here.  

Contact For Mena Oden Ranger District: Ed Spence, 479-394-2382.  Contact for Poteau Cold Springs Ranger District: Scott Saunders, 479-637-4174.  Contact for Caddo/Womble Ranger District: Clay Vanhorn, 870-867-2101.  Contact for Jessieville Winona Fourche Ranger District: Meg Moynihan, 501-984-5313.  Contact for Oklahoma Ranger District: Erick Warren, 580-494-6402. 


Park Ranger, Wilderness Interpretation and Outreach Specialist GS-0025 - 11/12   US Fish & Wildlife Service, Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center 

This position is located in at the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center (Center) which is an interagency center supported by the Forest Service, but staffed by participating wilderness management agencies.  This position will be organizationally situated within the Branch of Visitor Services, Division of Visitor Services and Communications, under the Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS), U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS or Service) in Missoula, Montana.  The Park Ranger, Wilderness Interpretation and Outreach Specialist, serves as expert in interpretation, education, outreach, partnerships, and public engagement that address wilderness management and represents all wilderness management agencies and is responsible for developing, delivering, and coordinating a variety of learning, visitor and public engagement programs on the relevancy of wild lands, the value of conservation, and the development of the next generation of natural resource stewards. Full position description available here. 

Contact: Joeanna Heden, 703-358-1743


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Executive Director                                                                                                                                                                                Washington Trails Association

As the leader of the largest state trails organization in the country, the WTA Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for fulfillment of Washington Trails Association’s mission to preserve, enhance and promote hiking opportunities in Washington state.  The next Executive Director of WTA will have an opportunity to take the helm of a vibrant, growing and respected organization and build a lasting legacy for Washington State. We seek an individual with proven leadership skills who can continue to grow and strengthen the organization. This person must have a strong desire to share the benefits of the outdoors and hiking with everyone in Washington.  Full position packet available here

Contact: Adam Forest, Mary Maliff, Deb Mason, 970-468-5400


Forestry Technician (Recreation/Snow Ranger) GS-0462 - 05/05                                                                                                      White River National Forest

This position provides technical support to the unit recreation and snow ranger program.  Snow rangers monitor winter recreation acitivites from December through April on National Forest Lands.  Full position description and application instructions available here

Contact: Dillon Ranger District Recreation & Snow Ranger, 970-468-5400


Natural Resource Specialist (Recreation/Wilderness) GS-0401 - 07/09                                                                                                        Payette National Forest

The position will serve as the zone natural resource specialist (recreation) for the McCall and New Meadows Ranger Districts with the duty station on the McCall Ranger District, McCall, Idaho.  The position is supervised by the recreation specialist for the zone.  The position will supervise a GS-462-07 and a GS-462-06 PSE, both Forestry Technicians Recreation, once the GS-09 level is reached.  Temporary employees make up a trail crew and a developed recreation crew.  Duties are directly related to the day to day operation of the recreation and trails program across the two districts. This position also over sees operations for the Payette Avalanche Center, a Type 3 avalanche center. Full position description available here

Contact: Susan Jenkins, 208-634-0415


Director  GS-0401-14                                                                                                                                            Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center

The U.S. Forest Service’s National Forest System and the Department of Interior wilderness managing agencies are looking for highly qualified candidates to consider to serve as Director of the interagency Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.  The incumbent serves as interagency national leader and technical expert in technology transfer and the development and execution of higher level training, and is responsible for ensuring that wilderness workforce development program needs are met for the USDA Forest Service, and the USDI Bureau of Land Management, Fish & Wildlife Service, and National Park Service in all 50 states and internationally, as requested. The incumbent oversees a highly skilled and passionate interagency team engaged in international, national, and regional level wilderness programs and projects. The Center is jointly staffed and funded through an interagency partnership between the BLM, FWS, FS, and NPS. Full position description available here. 

Contact: Sue Spear, 202-644-4862


Natural Resource Specialist (Recreation/Wilderness) GS-0401/0101–09/11                                                                                Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forest

The Recreation Specialist provides expertise and advice in the administration of the district recreation program, including developed and dispersed recreation, wilderness and recreation special uses. This position is responsible for managing and maintaining recreation facilities; compiling and developing information for the recreation management database; providing expertise and advice on current recreation use, type and standards; and participating as a specialist in planning and implementation of projects on the District.  The position reviews proposals for new recreation facilities or activities and recommends action; advises on recreation management plans; and coordinates activities between units and among other specialists to ensure consistency in program emphasis and development. Interested applicants may view the full position description here

Contact: Josh Nicholes, 775-752-1700 


Lands, Recreation/Heritage and Wilderness Program Manager                                                                                                         Rio Grand National Forest

The Rio Grande National Forest will be filling a permanent fulltime position of Forest Lands, Recreation/Heritage and Wilderness Program Manager, GS-0101/0401-12. This position is located at the Rio Grande Supervisor’s Office located in Monte Vista, CO. The Rio Grande National Forest is looking for a dynamic motivated individual to join their team and help manage these important resources while working in the majestic grandeur of southern Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Click here for the full outreach.

Contact: Jody Fairchild 719-852-6221


Trail Crew Lead                                                                                                                                                                                   Klamath National Forest

Application Period: April 8 - 12

The Klamath National Forest is looking for a  GS-6 Trails crew leader to run a wilderness trail crew in the Marble Mountain and Trinity Alps Wilderness areas this year. The incumbent would lead a 3-5 member crew and would have pack support. The position is currently advertised on USA Jobs - Announcement Number:  16-TEMP-S5-0462-6WTRLS-DT. 

Contact: Sam Commarto 530-468-1203


Animal Packer                                                                                                                                                                                     Payette National Forest

USA Jobs Announcement Number: 16-TEMP-S4-5001-5AP-DT

Application Period:  March 29 - April 4

This position serves as a key part of the Krassel Ranger District Recreation Branch. The incumbent reports to the District Stock Manager and plays a substantial role in the District packing program in support of the management of recreation, weeds, fire and Wilderness on the District. The incumbent also works as a member of District trail crews in support of specific trail maintenance projects. For a full job description, click here!

Contact: Patrick Brown


Wilderness Fellows & Researchers                                                                                                                                                Varied Forest Service Locations                          

The Wilderness Fellow Program (a collaborative of the US Forest Service, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, and Society for Wilderness Stewardship) is seeking qualified candidates to fill Wilderness Fellow and Researcher positions around the nation.  The Fellows and Researchers will work at USFS locations to directly support the goals of a collaborative wilderness character monitoring initiative currently underway in the USFS.  To view a full position description, click here!

Contact: Heather MacSlarrow


Backcountry Ranger/Outreach Coordinator Intern                                                                                                                      Friends of the Scotchman's Peak Wilderness

The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, in partnership with the Kootenai Natinoal Forest in Montana are recruiting applications for a backcountry ranger/community outreach coordinator internship for the summer of 2016. The internship's primary duty is to patrol the Scotchman Peaks Recommended Wilderness Area to educate visitors and protect the area’s wild character. To view a full position description, click here!

Contact: Sandy Compton or Joel Sather.


Wilderness Ranger Interns                                                                                                                                                             White River National Forest

Due February 1, 2016

The White River National Forest in Colorado is recruiting applicants for several Wilderness Ranger internship positions for the summer of 2016.  The ranger interns’ primary duty is to conduct educational patrols of the Forest’s Wilderness areas.  The ideal applicant is an experienced outdoor leader who is passionate about the stewardship of wild lands and interested in a career in natural resource management.  Interns will receive intensive training and education in natural resource management from an inter-disciplinary, field based perspective.  This is a volunteer position that includes field per diem reimbursement ($140/week), housing, and an exceptional career/life experience.  For more information on the position, see the Position Description and view the 2014 Wilderness Program Report.


Wilderness Temporary/Seasonal Positions                                                                                                                                   Payette National Forest

Application period: Varies! Most vacancies will close by February 1, 2016

The Krassel Ranger District of the Payette National Forest has begun hiring for the 2016 wilderness field season. Positions include Trails, Weeds and Range Management, and Wilderness Ranger. Work in one of the largest wilderness areas in the country for a successful program!  Click here to see the outreach flier with a list of position descriptions. You will need to apply for these positions through USA Jobs - you can find a full list of vacancy numbers and duty stations here.

Contact Patrick Brown: 208-634-0659 or pjbrown@fs.fed.us


To post on the SWS Wilderness Careers page, sign up for a Business membership.  Contact Heather MacSlarrow, Executive Director, for more information.

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