Volunteer – Wilderness Rangers
CONSIDER BECOMING A VOLUNTEER WILDERNESS RANGER
As an an all-volunteer organization, we depend for support entirely on lovers of wilderness like you!
We offer two “boots on the ground” volunteer opportunities – Volunteer Wilderness Ranger (this page) and Trail Projects.
In addition, we urgently need help outside the Wilderness boundary. If you can lend a hand with matters like public relations, advocacy, or fundraising…
- Member Relations – develop and implement communications plans to keep FENW members informed and involved… and maybe have some fun too.
- Volunteer Recruitment – devise and deliver plans to greatly expand the field volunteer base through publicity, community outreach and partnerships.
- Public Relations – plan and implement ongoing PR programs to raise the public profile of FENW in the community.
- Advocacy – preserve and protect our backyard wilderness areas by developing and promoting FENW wilderness public policy positions.
- Grant Writing – apply for grants to raise funds for FENW and Forest Service stewardship programs and special projects.
Your skills and experience are needed to assist with this important work. Please join in – Contact us
VWRs are on-the-trail multi-taskers, representatives of the United States Forest Service, meeting the public. They commit to a one-day training program, and at least four half-day trips in the field. To see the application, click here or see details at the bottom of this page.
Four Volunteer Rangers with one REAL USFS Ranger (second from left)
WHAT IS THE VOLUNTEER WILDERNESS RANGER PROGRAM?
Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness (FENW) is partnering with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to help reduce the impacts of human activity in the Eagles Nest, Holy Cross, and Ptarmigan Peak Wildernesses.
– to help preserve and protect the natural conditions and Wilderness characteristics in the Eagles Nest, Holy Cross, and Ptarmigan Peak Wildernesses.
– to educate visitors and adjacent landowners of the values of Wilderness and their role in maintaining the integrity of the Wilderness ecosystem.
– to teach Leave No Trace (LNT) backcountry travel and camping practices to wilderness visitors.
– to provide visitors information about the Eagles Nest, Holy Cross, and Ptarmigan Peak Wildernesses including topics such as site specific natural history, trail and campsite locations and conditions, regulations, and wilderness history.
– to assist the USFS in inventorying and monitoring Wilderness resources conditions including noxious weeds, trail conditions, and recreation use.
– to assist the USFS in data input and analysis.
– to foster stewardship for wilderness lands in Eagle and Summit Counties among locals, second-homeowners, and visitors.
– the satisfaction of helping others
– giving back to the lands you enjoy
– preserving the wilderness resource for yourself and future generations
– the opportunity to work outdoors
– a variety of experiences in scenic settings
– flexibility to schedule your time and where you work
– with only one or two USFS Wilderness rangers available during the summer, volunteers will be an additional source of contact for Wilderness visitors.
The deadline (27 May 2017) has passed. Join us in 2018! –
Mandatory training for new volunteers will be held on Saturday, June 3 from 9 am until 4 pm. Venue: Minturn Ranger District office (I-70 exit 171, take hwy 6/24 towards Minturn, turn right at Mountain Meadow Parking shortly after exiting I-70).
A light breakfast is provided. Bring a sack lunch (drinks and cookies provided), and
have shoes and clothes for a practice ranger hike in the afternoon.