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Student Conservation Association Wilderness Ranger Crew in Arlington, Virginia

Wilderness Ranger Crew

Expected Dates

June 7, 2021toOctober 23, 2021


Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Position ID


The US Forest Service, Methow Valley Ranger District in Winthrop, WA will be filling 2 full time Wilderness Ranger Volunteer Internships for the summer season. Volunteer Wilderness Rangers will join a diverse wilderness program in the North Cascades of Washington. The region includes the North Cascades Scenic Area and the Pasayten and Lake Chelan-Sawtooth wilderness areas. Duties include:

  • Conduct wilderness patrols providing visitor information and education addressing Leave-No-Trace camping, wilderness philosophy and minimal stock impacts.

  • Data collection and monitoring including visitor use, campsite inventory and GPS.

  • Assist in trail maintenance and reconstruction projects, and conduct trail surveys.

  • Perform ecological restoration, re-vegetation, and site naturalization.

  • Assist with stock packing projects.

Successful candidates will serve alongside seasoned wilderness rangers, and will work in small teams or solo. During the heart of the summer, crews typically work eight 10 hour days in the backcountry in a row, followed by six days off. During the early summer and fall, crews usually do shorter backcountry trips or day trips. Strong backpacking skills and aptitude are a must, along with good communication, teamwork skills, and the ability to interact professionally with the public, including in high use areas. Interest in working with pack animals (mules, horses) is a bonus, but is not required. Compensation amounts:- $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance- $200 - weekly living allowance- Housing on site included (see description)- AmeriCorps eligible ($2,360 education award)*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

  • Location Description

Methow Valley Ranger District, Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest

  • Training Provided

Seasonal crew training, driver safety, training with cross-cut saw, traditional hand tools, and stock program. Professional development and experience with federal land management; Opportunities to work in historical wilderness cabins.

  • Educational/Recreational Opportunities

The Methow Valley provides outstanding opportunities for year round outdoor recreation, including hiking, climbing, biking, horse-back riding, skiing, and more. There is normally a strong local art and vibrant community scene.

  • Handicap Accessible?


Main Area of Focus

Backcountry/Trail work

Education, Training & Skills Expected


some coursework or experience

Recreation Management

degree minor or extensive experience

Resource Management

some coursework or experience


competent without supervision


competent without supervision

Customer Service

competent without supervision

Hand Tools

competent with supervision

Community Engagement

some experience

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible


Driving Logistics

Valid Drivers License Needed

Housing or Stipend Provided?


Housing will be provided. Housing options are either a shared room in a bunkhouse, with shared kitchen/dining/bathroom/laundry facilities, or in a wall tent with indoor shared shower and bathroom facilities (or porta potty), and outdoor covered kitchen / cooking area. The wall tent option also has access to an off-site laundry facility and additional restrooms/shower access 8 miles away in Winthrop. All housing is located at USFS historic Early Winters Compound, located 8 miles from the main ranger office in Winthrop. There is trail access to Mazama and other areas from the compound.

Certification Requirements

CPR/First Aid



US Citizenship