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.

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 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.
melissaxInform interested hikers about our Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness organization, 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).

AFTERWARDS:
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.
 Learn the 7 Leave No Trace principles with seven F-words 
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VOLUNTEER WILDERNESS RANGER
APPLICATION FORM
FENW 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.)
Mandatory training for new volunteers is scheduled for Saturday, June 8, from 9 am until 4 pm at the Eagles Nest Community Center, 2700 Golden Eagle Road, Silverthorne. (MAP.). A light breakfast is provided. Bring a sack lunch. Have shoes and clothing for a practice ranger hike in the afternoon.
2016 pictures HERE
2015 pictures here

Questions? Contact Mike Mayrer or Ken Harper