Volunteer – Wilderness Rangers

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…

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)

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.
Volunteer Benefits
– 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! –

FENW and the USFS request a commitment of at least four half-days between mid-May and September 30 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 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.

2016 pictures HERE
2015 pictures here

Questions? Contact Mike Mayrer or Ken Harper