VOLUNTEER WILDERNESS RANGERS
CONSIDER BECOMING A
VOLUNTEER WILDERNESS RANGER
(Scroll down to Application Form)
As an an all-volunteer non-profit organization, we depend entirely for support on lovers of wilderness like you!
Volunteer Wilderness Rangers (VWRs) come in two flavors:
TRAILHEAD HOSTS and TRAIL HIKERS. They go through the same one-day training program and pursue the same objectives. Both are multi-taskers, representatives of the United States Forest Service, meeting the public.
The difference is mobility. The Hosts stay put at the trailhead, where with table, chairs, banner, maps, and swag, they help visitors on their way in and way out. The Patrollers hike the trails, helping to keep them clear and inspecting campsites while also engaging hikers and backpackers. Some VWRs do both. Please see the Trailhead host page for more information on hosting.
New VWRs commit to:
An half day live training program (about an hours worth of advance on-line video prep required)
A follow-up mentor hike
Completing four, half-day trips in the field between May and October.
Scroll down to complete the application in order to sign up for future training.
WHAT DO VOLUNTEER WILDERNESS RANGERS DO?
ON THE TRAIL
Answer questions for hikers, especially pertaining to trail distance, condition, elevation and time required to reach destination. Educate hikers regarding rules for wilderness use, "Leave no trace" wilderness ethics, the danger of falling trees, what to do when encountering moose, bears, mountain lions or mountain goats, where campsites and campfires are allowed and not allowed and why dogs should be kept on a leash.
Inform interested hikers about Eagle Summit Wilderness Alliance (ESWA), how and why we help the Forest Service and provide them with information on how to get involved with us if they wish to do so.
Keep a record of Number of hikers and campers encountered (and group sizes), Number of dogs on & off leash, Condition of trail, Trees across trail, Miles hiked, Time spent on the hike, and Campsite conditions (including campfires).
Fill out a short online report with all the information recorded above, in addition to date, name of trail, time of hike, condition of trail signs, horses or big game seen and interesting, novel, fun, or scary encounters with people or animals.
ESWA and the USFS request a commitment of at least four half-days between mid-May and mid-October that you will be available as a Wilderness Volunteer. (We may request that one day be in a specific area.)
VWR 2021Training Day
Training was completed on June 5, 2021.
Follow-up orientation hikes with ranger mentors will be scheduled following the training.
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