Wilderness Ranger Fellowship

Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation

Missoula, Montana

Job Type Paid Internship
Salary Details $5950 living stipend spread across 14 weeks
Required Experience 0 - 1 years
Two Wilderness Ranger Fellows backpack in the high country of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness near a snowfield in the Salmon-Challis National Forest, on the move to the next camp and more importantly, to the next stretch of work!

The SBFC Wilderness Ranger Fellowship (WRF) program provides an immersive experience in Wilderness Trails conservation and management through hands-on stewardship. This 14 week position runs from 5/13/2024-8/16/2024.

Upon arrival on May 13th, WRF’s will receive three weeks of training led by SBFC staff and professional Forest Service Wilderness & Trails managers. Training topics may
include all of the following (with WFA and crosscut certification being mandatory):

  • Wilderness First Aid/CPR certification
  • USFS Crosscut Bucking certification
  • Fundamentals of trail maintenance to various specifications
  • Wilderness Act of 1964 history and significance
  • Conducting Campsite Inventory and Solitude, Primitive and Unconfined Recreation (SPUR) Monitoring
  • Leave No Trace principles and ethics
  • Backcountry packing/nutrition/travel/navigation/communication
  • Introduction to horsemanship and stock packing
  • Leadership development, crew dynamics and interpersonal communication

Following training, for five hitches, from early June until mid-August, WRF’s will typically operate on the hitch schedule of 80+ hours. This means you will work 8 consecutive days, living and working in the backcountry, followed by 6 days off. Hitches primarily consist of performing a variety of different trail maintenance needs, and at times, backcountry campsite inventories and SPUR monitoring. Crews will vary in size from 4-12+ people depending on the needs of the project. Crews will be led by an SBFC Wilderness Trails  Crew Leader and/or a United States Forest Service Wilderness Trails Technician. Being predominantly in Wilderness, trail maintenance will be performed using traditional tools such as hand saws, loppers, ax’s, pulaskis and crosscut saws. The physical requirements of living and volunteering in such large Wilderness complexes are arduous. Many days will require backpacking with tools (60+ lb packs at the start of some hitches) 10+ miles, and performing physically strenuous activities all day such as pulling saws, swinging axes at trees or pulaskis at dirt, and moving large boulders, trees and dirt from the trail. 

To find out more regarding the position, minimum qualifications, and common questions, please go to: 



Please go to https://www.selwaybitterroot.org/fellowship to find out more. A full position description and a link to submit your application are near the bottom of the page. We look forward to reviewing your application!

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Category General / Stewardship, Outdoor Recreation
Tags Park Ranger, Trail Maintenance