• Construction/Maintenance • Conservation Education • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • Back Country/Wilderness
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The Backcountry Steward Program takes information and SAFETY to the trails! Backcountry Stewards hike White Mountain trails giving important safety, weather, and trail information to fellow hikers along the way. Stewards serve as eyes and ears for the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) hiking to priority areas set forth by WMNF staff. Stewards not only serve as a source of information but engage in light project work aimed at keeping backcountry areas pristine.
This is a hiker safety program - Engaging the public as a volunteer and making them aware of environmental hazards, especially when encountering hikers who are ill-prepared
Conduct backcountry patrols on WMNF hiking trails. Patrols will focus on contacting the public and performing light maintenance such as dispersing fire rings and picking up trash
Submit patrol reports documenting conditions found and improvements needed
Good communication skills, ability to work independently in remote settings
Ability to professionally represent the WMNF while wearing a volunteer uniform
Ability to hike, carry a pack and hand tools, and work in steep terrain
Work independently in an outdoor setting to assist forest visitors
Perform physically demanding yet gratifying outdoor work
WMNF recreation pass with 16 hours of service
America the Beautiful Pass (your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites) after 250 hours of volunteer service
This program is closely tied to the Trailhead Steward Program. Those interested in this program must complete the annual Trailhead / Backcountry Steward training (April 6th, 2019) and take on a minimum of two shifts with the Trailhead Steward Program before becoming a Backcountry Steward.
Other training as necessary for position—may include First Aid / CPR, Leave No Trace, forest rules and regulations