• Trail/Campground Maintenance • Back Country/Wilderness
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Do you want to volunteer outdoors and see new places with spectacular views every day? Do you want to help construct and maintain recreational trails on our public lands? Do you love working hard, getting in great shape, and meeting new and interesting people? If so, the Bonners Ferry Ranger District is the place for you. We have summer volunteer openings for trail crew members for 2018!
Trail CrewMember: The Bonners Ferry Ranger District maintains over 300 miles of trail in the Selkirk, Cabinet, and Purcell Mountains of northern Idaho and northwestern Montana. Much of the maintenance is done by individual volunteers from across the country and volunteer groups from national organizations and local clubs. The trails lead hikers to peaks with magnificent views of Idaho, Washington, Montana, and Canada. Some trails lead to crystal clear alpine lakes, through old growth forests, and through varied habitats from dry Ponderosa Pine stands to thick, wet Cedar and Hemlock forest.
Volunteers will serve along with the Forest Service trail crew and other volunteers and volunteer groups. The work is strenuous, including hiking 12+ miles per day, carrying a pack up to 50 pounds, digging trail with hand tools including the pulaski and shovel, moving rocks, and building bridges. We will be outdoors every day in the mountains in all weather. Several 6-8 day camps are planned for work in remote areas.
Volunteer must their provide own boots, rain gear, and clothing. Government housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Forest Service will provide training, transportation, tools, a small reimbursement for incidentals, and all food during camps.
The field season is mid-May to late September. Volunteers may stay the entire season, a couple months, or just join us for a week-long camp. Dates are flexible.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Bunk House Description: Housing may be a shared bedroom in a small house, first come first served. Priority will be given to volunteers planning to stay 10 weeks or longer.