Volunteer Wilderness Ranger

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USDA Forest Service

Join us in the spectacular Wallowa Mountains of northeast Oregon as a Wilderness Ranger Intern/Volunteer! Over 350,000 acres and 500 miles of trails in the Eagle Cap Wilderness provide a variety of landscapes and routes from moderate low elevation day hikes to alpine scrambles.

We are recruiting a 2-4 person crew, that will work independently and along side professional USFS Wilderness Rangers. Duties will include: providing visitor information, campsite rehabilitation and restoration, resource monitoring, and trail maintenance. Backcountry and wilderness trips may range from day hikes to 10-day trips. Intern will primarily work from a remote base camp in the Lakes Basin Management Area for 9-10 days hitches.

This opportunity is available from Mid-June to Mid-September. A minimum of a 6-week commitment within this timeframe is required; preference will be given to longer-term applicants.

Housing is available in a bunk house near Wallowa Lake, and reimbursement for food and incidental expenses may be possible. Some equipment and uniforms will be provided.

We are looking for individuals with a willingness and ability to communicate effectively with visitors from a variety of backgrounds; flexibility; ability to hike 8 to 10 miles a day; lift up to 50 pounds; basic backcountry skills; and the desire to work within a wilderness landscape and help protect its values.

Start Date - 2022-06-20

End Date - 2022-09-09

Activities include: Back Country/Wilderness;Conservation Education;GIS/GPS;Trail/Campground Maintenance;Visitor Information

Difficulty_Level: Strenuous

Hosts Housing Amenities: Bunk House;Camp Sites

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About USDA Forest Service


1400 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20250, US

Mission Statement

The USDA Forest Service's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.


The United States Forest Service (USFS) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that administers the nation’s 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands, spanning 193 million acres of land.

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Joseph, OR 97846



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