Stanislaus National Forest Wilderness Ranger

Opportunity Type: 
Location of Opportunity: 
Off Campus
Host Department/Organization: 

Stanislaus National Forest

Opportunity Description: 

The Stanislaus National Forest is seeking a few dedicated Wilderness Ranger Interns to help steward three spectacular Wilderness Areas in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. Wilderness Rangers will be challenged both mentally and physically while helping to ensure Wilderness remains unspoiled for current and future generations. Wilderness Rangers will build both skills and self-reliance that will serve them in any career.

Position Summary: Wilderness Ranger Interns maintain trails, contact visitors, cleanup campsites, monitor conditions, and restore damaged areas. The position entails multi-day backpacking trips at elevations between 6,000 and 10,000 feet through roadless mountains. Prior backpacking experience and arriving physically-fit are a must.


The Stanislaus National Forest is immediately Northwest of Yosemite National Park, in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.

Time Commitment: 

10 weeks between late May and early September 2019

Paid Position: 
How to apply: 

To apply please submit the following via email.

Applications due by March 31st 2019 (applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as positions may be filled early):

1) Single page cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position.

2) A resume with the following: a) Relevant work experience: include duration of position, part-time/full-time status, and position description. b) Relevant outdoor skills: include backpacking experience; be specific. c) Relevant education: describe related coursework.

3) Two references (including at least one former supervisors or employers) whom we may contact. Include their current phone number, email, title, and your connection to them.

Email Resumes and Inquiries to: Joel Silverman, Wilderness Manager (use “Wilderness Ranger Intern” for the subject line)

For more information: 

For information on Stanislaus National Forest, visit:

For information on the Emigrant, Carson-Iceberg, and Mokelumne Wilderness Areas, visit