• Archaeology • Soil/Watershed • Back Country/Wilderness • Weed/Invasive Species Control
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Experience Yosemite’s subalpine front country and wilderness. You couldn’t ask for a more beautiful, challenging summer volunteer experience. Be part of a dynamic team engaged in ecological restoration of wilderness meadows, inappropriate campsites, survey and remove invasive non-native plants.
Assist Resource Management and Science Division staff with ecological restoration and vegetation projects as a member of the Keep it Wild wilderness restoration crew. This crew is a roving backpacking crew which hikes throughout the Yosemite Wilderness as well as working on front country restoration projects. Work will include ( but not limited to) removal and ecological restoration of inappropriate campsites, reduction of appropriately located campsites, removal of fire rings, burying of log and rock obstructions in the site, de-compaction of soil, transplanting of native plant materials, seed and duff collection & dispersal, hand pulling nonnative invasive vegetation, making basic trail and/or and erosion control improvements, closing social trails and removing multiple trail ruts from meadows ( as part of a trail reroute and meadow restoration project) riverbank restoration, and otherwise restoring areas impacted by human activities. Volunteers will also complete related tasks such as (but not limited to) loading, unloading and transporting tools and materials to and from the work site; digging, using specialized tools, extensive hiking & backpacking defining work to be done; cleaning up the work site and camp site Tools utilized may include, but are not limited to, saws, hammers, shovels, rakes and picks.
Required Skills and Experience
Multi-Day backpacking experience required. Must own your own gear, sleeping bag and pad, backpack, broken in hiking boots, and be comfortable hiking on and off trail, carrying tools or attaching them to pack.
Backpack trips 4 – 8 days in length
Must contribute to a safety culture, at work and in camp. Safety includes physical safety, proper use of tools, as well as emotional safety including respectful language and acceptance of others.
Must dress appropriately for the work & weather, including work gloves, long pants, long sleeved shirt, eye protection, and sturdy boots.
Ability to follow restoration, photopoint, data collection, protocols.
Desired Skills and Experience
Identify target plant species (native or non-native depending on task).
Plant native plants correctly and safely using whatever tools necessary to perform the restoration
Basic wilderness travel and living skills including use of a GPS unit, maps and compass.
Basic First Aid, CPR, Wilderness First Responder or other equivalent training
Experience living at high elevation.
Start date June 10, week 1 front country training, week 2 backcountry training.
Housing in Tuolumne / tent cabin / with tentmates
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Camp Sites Description: Initially camping in Yosemite Valley, then
Camping once Tuolumne opens.
Work Backpack trips.