Student Internships

Wilderness Trail Crew

By March 18, 2021March 22nd, 2021No Comments

Summary: Work with the United States Forest Service on a camping based crew for four days, three nights per week in the backcountry on the Gunnison National Forest.

Responsibilities: Crew members will help clear fallen trees and maintain trails throughout the Paonia Ranger District. Additionally, crew will perform regular maintenance of developed recreation sites including trailhead signs and campground facilities. Position requires camping out with fellow crew members, supervised by Forest Service crew leaders for up to three nights per week through the season. Schedule may vary from week to week, some weekend commitments may be required.

Qualifications: 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 for a summer! Interns will be provided all the necessary gear and training on how to become proficient in the backcountry.  This is an excellent pathway to jobs with the National Park Service, US Forest Service, CO Parks and Wildlife, wildland firefighting, and field science. 

Pathways Opportunity: 4 available internship openings

Paid Internship: $12.32/hour, 40 hours/week for 10 weeks; June 1 – August 15; full season commitment required; stipend provided for food while in field; all necessary outdoor gear provided (camping equipment, sleeping bag etc.)

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

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