Backcountry Youth Trail Crew Job – Forest Service 2023

By February 7, 2023April 24th, 2023No Comments

Summary: Work with the United States Forest Service on a camping-based crew in the Kebler Pass backcountry on the Gunnison National Forest.

Responsibilities: Crew members will help clear fallen trees and maintain hiking trails in the Kebler Pass area of the Paonia Ranger District. Additionally, crew will perform regular maintenance of developed recreation sites including trailhead signs and campground facilities. This job is an amazing way to learn (and get paid!) to camp in the wilderness. Position requires camping out with fellow crew members, supervised by Forest Service crew leaders throughout the season. Schedule may vary, however some weekend commitments may be required. This is an excellent pathway to jobs with the National Park Service, US Forest Service, CO Parks and Wildlife and wildland firefighting. Previous crew members have been offered long-term employment with the USFS directly out of high school or while attending college. This summer job can help you “get your foot in the door” to the extremely competitive jobs with our local land management agencies. 

Qualifications: Must be 16 or older by June 1st. Experience working with a team, previous outdoor labor experience preferred (farm chores, construction, etc); ability and enthusiasm to hike 1-10 miles per day in mountainous terrain while carrying a loaded backpack. No previous outdoor experience required, however you must be excited to live and work in the wilderness all summer! Crew members will be provided all the necessary gear and training on how to become proficient in the backcountry.  

Pathways Opportunity: 4 available internship openings. Priority given to applicants who submit application by March 31st.

Paid Internship: $550/week stipend for 10 weeks; May 30th – August 12; students who can commit to the full season will receive preference, however we have some flexibility for family commitments; all food/supplies provided while in field; all necessary outdoor gear provided (camping equipment, sleeping bag, backpack etc.) Wilderness First Aid training will be provided and students who complete the training will receive bonus pay.

Location: Paonia Ranger District (Kebler Pass Area); transportation required to Paonia office; transportation will be provided to field site by USFS.

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