Opening: Wilderness Ranger – Prescott, AZ

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In partnership with the Prescott National Forest of the U.S. Forest Service, Salish Kootenai College Center for Tribal Research & Education in Ecosystem Sciences (TREES) seeks a Wilderness Ranger Resource Assistant (RA) to dedicate 6 months working directly with the Prescott National Forest for the management, restoration, and protection of wilderness areas during the 2020 season. This position will be responsible for interacting directly with visitors providing information and details to the public about the areas’ cultural and natural resources and providing insight and guidelines to the wilderness area’s backcountry recreation opportunities and regulations. We are committed to creating a diverse environment and diverse applicants with relevant education or experience are encouraged to apply.

Deadline to Apply: : January 15th, 2021

Start Date: : April 12, 2021 Term: 6 Months Full-Time

Work Schedule: Wednesday thru Sunday 8 hr days or Thursday thru Sunday 10 hr days

Location: Prescott National Forest – Willow Work Center at 4000 Katahn Drive, Prescott, AZ 86305- Housing is not provided


  • $500/week living allowance (stipend).
  • Hands on learning and job training experience.
  • 2-year non-competitive hiring certificate with the Forest Service (must successfully complete position with at least 960 hours to be eligible).
  • Mentorship for career and professional development.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Identifying and completing maintenance of wilderness trails, signs, and portals primarily using primitive/hand tools.

Refining and implementing the forest’s wilderness education plan, and continuing our solitude monitoring plan.

Desire and/or ability to safely travel in the backcountry independently, which could include backpacking and camping.

Provide information and details to the public about the areas’ cultural and natural resources and provide insight and guidelines to the forest’s recreation opportunities.

Experience & Qualifications:


• Effective communication skills with all ages and diverse audiences.
• Ability to work both independently and with others collaboratively on projects.
• Deep interest in natural resource management/recreation and respect for nature.
• A desire to gain a deeper understanding and relationship with wilderness areas and understand what it takes to manage our country’s most revered natural place.
• Experience and knowledge of outdoor recreation and environmental education and working with the public
• Applicants are expected to be highly motivated and willing and able to perform assigned duties with little direct supervision.
• Must be able to carry and lift up to 40 pounds and work on steep and rough terrain in the backcountry.
• Must have a valid driver’s license; clean driving record, and the ability to provide documentation for driving USFS vehicles.
• Must provide personal transportation to and from duty station, not for work activities.


• College student working towards a degree in natural resources, recreation or wilderness management or a recent graduate with a degree in similar fields.
• Knowledge and understanding of natural resource management.
• Knowledge and ability utilizing GIS/GPS equipment in the field.
• Experience with 4×4 driving.
• Experience with trail construction/trail design, and restoration.
• Previous experience working on backcountry crews/conservation programs.
• First Aid or Wilderness First Aid certified, Bloodborne Pathogens Certification.
• Knowledge/understanding of Leave No Trace Principals.
• Experience working with volunteers in a resource management context

Work Environment: May be required to travel and work in the backcountry and other remote locations on the forest, independently, and in teams. Field work and administrative work in an office. Includes daily hiking.

To Apply:

Click here to apply online.

You will be asked to submit the following

  • Resume
  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the position and why you would be a good match
  • 3 references

Questions: please call Joshua Rosenau at 406-275-4056.