Overview

Join our team: Do you have a strong work ethic and a desire to work in protected public lands? Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) is hiring for the following positions.

Position Title: Wilderness Ranger
Positions Open: 1
Position Duration: 25 weeks – Starting mid-May
Status: Temporary/Seasonal
Compensation: $15/hour
Position Supervisor: Regional Program Manager
Location: Petersburg, WV
Housing: Available, Government Rate

Position Summary
Under the supervision of the Program Manager, a Wilderness Ranger’s work may include, but is not limited to:
·       Partner and public engagement and education (Volunteer day leadership, Leave No Trace, bear safety and awareness, Wilderness education, etc.)
·       Trail condition assessments
·       User-developed trail monitoring
·       Administratively provided facility inventories
·       GPS mapping and data collection
·       Compiling research, document writing and data entry
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
·       Collect, manage, and report field work output
·       Assist SAWS staff in developing and maintaining strong, positive relationships with US Forest Service personnel, partner organization staff, and partner organization volunteers
·       Craft and curate media (blogs, photography, video, etc.) to share for reporting and documentation
·       Model and practice Leave No Trace principals in the field
·       Follow and practice SAWS organizational policies in the field
·       Maintain an inclusive, safe, fun, and positive working environment
·       Maintain high standard levels for project completion

Qualifications
In addition to enthusiasm for the SAWS mission, you will have the following:

·       Excellent interpersonal communication skills
·       Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
·       Ability to travel on foot over rough terrain for up to 10 miles per day while carrying 50 lbs or more
·       Ability to spend up to 5 days at a time in the backcountry
·       Knowledge of Leave No Trace ethics, including backcountry camp and travel practices
·       Ability to work alone in a remote and primitive setting
·       Experience assessing trail deficiencies and prescribing solutions to trail problems desired
·       Experience with Trimble GPS units and ArcGIS software desired
·       Desire to be a vibrant member of an enthusiastic working team and transformative non-profit organization

This position is eligible for Federal Resource Assistant Hiring Authority.

To Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume online at www.wildernessstewards.org/employment-application. Questions regarding the application may be submitted via email to Eric Giebelstein, Program Manager, at [email protected]

SAWS is an equal opportunity employer and provides a drug-free workplace.

About Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards

We are a passionate and inclusive team of employees, volunteers, and supporters, dedicated to a mission of educating, cultivating, and empowering an engaged public for the stewardship of protected public lands. We pride ourselves on being a transformative conservation non-profit: for the resource, the individuals who work with us, federal land management agencies, and our local partners. SAWS was founded in 2010 to respond to a regional need for stewardship focused on federally designated wilderness. We work with the national forests in the mountain regions of Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia to provide stewardship through our four program areas: trail crews, wilderness rangers, volunteers, and education.