• Construction/Maintenance • Office/Clerical • Other • Soil/Watershed • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • Natural Resources Planning • Back Country/Wilderness • General Assistance
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The Kawishiwi Ranger District has roughly 420 miles of trails and portages that recieve annual maintenance. In addition, there are roughly 2,000 wilderness campsites within the Forest, and several other dispersed camp sites and developed recreation areas outside the wilderness. Most of the work will be conducted inside the 1 million acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Travel inside the wilderness in the winter is conducted by foot, ski, snowshoe or dog team. Some of the work will also take place outside the wilderness where travel is done the same way with the addition of a snow machine.
Most of the work will be completed with a partner, although some duties will be done independently. The person for this position must be self-driven, hard working and willing to perform various tasks that require both physical and mental strength, a good attitude and an interest in natural resource management. Some experience in nordic skiing, sawying, construction, or general labor would be helpful, but National Forest personnel are willing to train the right person.
The volunteer must be able to obtain a Forest Service snowmobile operator's certificate within 30 days. Along with snowmobile training, additional required training will be provided to the volunteer by the Forest Service at no cost to the volunteer. A valid state derivers license is a requirement and personal transportation in preferred but not required.
This program will run from January 7th, 2019 to when the ice comes off, typically mid to late April. It is preferred this candidate is able to commit to the entire season; however, opportunities for shorter stays may be an option depending on the availibility of housing. It may also be possible to extend this position into the the summer wilderness management program.
Lodging will be provided in on of our modern bunkhouse style facilities exchange for 24 hours of work per week. A reimbursement for food expenses may be available but is not guarenteed.
The work schedule is highly variable and depends mostly on the weather and ice conditions; therefore, flexibility is a must. Some work weeks will be spent overnight in a winter tent miles out in the wilderness in temperatures that can dip to -50 F. Some work will also be accomplished from the trail head to the work site and back in the comforts of the bunkhouse for the evening. Other times the work will be done inside a heated workshop honing and maintaining tools, or from the heated cab of a truck collecting permits from wilderness entry points.
All work equipment required to perform the duties of the position will be provided by the Forest Service. Personal equipment, including boots, will need to be provided by the volunteer.
This position provides a unique opportunity for the right person and will take you to parts of the BWCAW that few people get a chance to see. This position is strenuous and challenging -- but the rewards are priceless.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Bunk House Description: Modern bunkhouse, private room, shared bathrooms (2), shared kitchen/common area, on-site laundry. Access to on-site exercise facility and Wi-Fi.