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Volunteer Rangers will accompany seasoned United States Forest Service Wilderness Rangers on backcountry patrols. This means hauling a 50+ pound backpack over miles of rugged terrain in inclement weather for days at a time, all while carrying a shovel and maintaining a cheerful demeanor. A lack of cell phone service is provided.
A big part of a Ranger’s duties, especially here at Wenatchee River, is contacting the public. Volunteers will be expected to make contact with every group they encounter and spread the good word about Leave No Trace® principles and proper wilderness etiquette, as well as local rules and regulations. Some days this will be done entirely at a busy trailhead, some days at a popular destination, and some days in the deepest recesses of America’s most pristine wild places. Volunteers are not responsible for law enforcement.
The second part of a Ranger’s duties is wilderness stewardship. This means everything from picking up micro-trash to packing out abandoned caches, and from cleaning human waste on the trail to maintaining backcountry toilets. It also means performing restoration work and naturalization at heavily impacted sites. Rangers do some light trail work, but the heavy lifting is left to the professionals on the Trail Crew.
Volunteer Rangers will also be involved in a number of special projects taking place during the summer of 2019, including planning and executing community outreach events, conducting inventory of non-system trails, and developing a social media presence. Rangers are also responsible for any other thing the Forest Service wants done within the boundaries of Wilderness, except containing wildfires.
Backcountry patrols can be anything from a simple day hike to a grueling 5-day off-trail death march. Volunteers will be provided with a Forest Service uniform, tools, personal protective equipment, and a radio/SPOT beacon. Limited backpacking gear is available, but most volunteers prefer to use their own.
Required Experience and Skills:
Applicants must have experience in backpacking. Qualified applicants are professional, self-motivated, outgoing, friendly, and excellent at communicating with others. Applicants must be comfortable camping alone for multiple nights, functioning in alpine environments, and performing in all weather conditions including rain, snow, and extreme heat and cold. Experience with GPS devices and ArcGIS is a huge plus.
This is a full-time position. Applicants should expect to volunteer 40 hours per week and be able to commit to for ten to twelve weeks. The typical season lasts from June through Labor Day, but this can be flexible to accommodate school schedules. Volunteers will be in the wilderness during high use periods, which include weekends and holidays.
The Forest Service offers a daily stipend for food, and bunkhouse-style housing at beautiful Lake Wenatchee. Volunteers may also qualify for a free America the Beautiful Pass, depending on total hours volunteered. For more information or an application, please contact Carly Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Wenatchee River Ranger District:
The Ranger Station is located in the charming Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth, WA. Leavenworth has several grocery stores, restaurants, and other retailers, and is well-known for its access to outdoor recreation opportunities, including world-class climbing, rafting, and hiking.
Wenatchee River Ranger District is situated on the east slope of the Cascades in central Washington. It is responsible for managing portions of the Henry M Jackson, Glacier Peak, and Alpine Lakes wildernesses. It is also home to the Enchantments Special Permit Area, which drew nearly 60,000 visitors last year.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Bunk House Description: At Lake Wenatchee, 24 miles from the Ranger Station. A vehicle will be provided for transportation.