SAWS Job Opportunities

If you're looking for an opportunity to work in the wild, consider a job with The Wilderness Society's Southern Appalachain Wilderness Stewards program.

The Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) program is accepting resumes for the 2012 Season.

We are hiring seasonal positions for:

  • Wilderness Rangers
  • BOOT Crew Leaders
  • Camp Life Coordinators

Wilderness Rangers

Job description

The position of Wilderness Ranger for the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) program is a seasonal position to provide manpower and logistical support in Federally Designated Wilderness Areas. This position will report to the Coordinator of the SAWS program, and will interact directly with US Forest Service Staff. This is not a Law Enforcement Position.

Duties of the position

  • Employee will conduct public contact in the field with wilderness and other forest visitors. Contacts could be in regard to wilderness management activities, questions, regulations, information and education in the form of Leave No Trace ethics.
  • Employee will be expected to work alone at times without direct supervision.
  • Employee will be expected to be physically able to day hike and/or backpack long distances of mountainous trail up to 12 miles in length. Pack weight could exceed 50 lbs. Many day foot patrols average 6-8 miles.
  • The employee may be required to stay overnight in popular areas and during trail maintenance projects.
  • The employee will also be involved in trail maintenance activities that require the use of a variety of hand tools, such as Pulaskis, fire rakes, shovels, crosscut saws and axes in various types of weather conditions.
  • The employee could also be involved in search and rescue operations.
  • The employee will operate government vehicles in accordance with state laws and is subject to a background check before receiving a government operator’s license. The background check and a driving test must be cleared to operate the vehicle.

Hours

To maximize the effectiveness of the Wilderness Ranger Program, the hours for duty will coincide with the highest visitation periods of the week/season. This often means the Wilderness Ranger will be on duty weekends and holidays. These paid seasonal positions will also be supported by Volunteer Wilderness Rangers.

2012 positions

Seasonal Wilderness Ranger

For 2012, SAWS will have two wilderness ranger seasonal positions. Both of these positions will work as part of a Wilderness Task Force working in the Pisgah, Nantahala and Chattahoochee National Forests. This Task Force also will include seasonal Wilderness Rangers working for the U.S. Forest Service.

Wilderness Ranger

This position will work throughout the three forests on these tasks:

  • Mapping dispersed campsites
  • Identifying non-native invasive species
  • Removing critical invasive species
  • Gathering water samples for air quality monitoring purposes
  • Compiling public encounter data

This task force will work in the Linville Gorge, Shining Rock, Middle Prong, Southern Nantahala, Tray Mountain, Mark Trail, Blood Mountain, Raven Cliffs, Rich Mountain, Brasstown Bald and Cohutta Wilderness areas. These areas feature high mountain ridges (above 5,000’) and some the southeast’s most rugged terrain.

Responsibilities

  • Mapping dispersed recreation sites using GPS or Trimble device
  • Identifying non-native invasive species
  • Traversing the wilderness areas to report visitor encounters
  • Sharing Leave No Trace information with visitors
  • Assisting with gathering water samples
  • Light trail maintenance work
  • Reporting issues needing Forest Service attention
  • ‘Naturalizing’ overused recreation sites
  • General help in providing a positive wilderness experience to visitors

2012 schedule

  • Seasonal Positions will start no later than May 21st, 2012
  • Positions may run into the fall of 2012
  • Resumes will be accepted through April 30th, 2012
  • Paid training will be provided May 21st through June 1st

Backcountry Overnight Operations Team (BOOT) Crew Leader

Job description

Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS), a program of The Wilderness Society dedicated to stewardship of twenty-two federally designated Wilderness Areas, is looking for Seasonal Crew Leaders to help lead volunteers on week-long backcountry trail maintenance trips. These paid seasonal positions will run from May 21st through July 27th.

Crew Leaders will be provided thorough training including US Forest Service Cross-Cut Saw Certification, Wilderness First Aid/CPR and Leave No Trace Certification. The training will continue with a week of back-country crew leadership, trail maintenance and construction experience in the Shining Rock Wilderness.

Following the two weeks of training, Crew Leaders will begin leading volunteer work crews on projects. Each crew will have a crew leader and a camp life coordinator. The crews will meet on Sunday afternoons and hike in to the work location. Crews will be tackling large projects and may be set up at one location for one to two weeks. Crews will hike out and wrap-up their weeks on Friday afternoons.

Crew leaders will be responsible for managing each week’s project, and generally leading and directing the efforts of the crew. Crew leaders will report to the director of SAWS, will coordinate and communicate with a seasonal crew boss, and will also be working closely with U.S. Forest Service personnel.

Location

SAWS works across twenty-two federally designated wilderness areas, along with several additional wilderness study areas. These areas are located within the Cherokee, Chattahoochee, Sumter, Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. The BOOT Crew Program will work across all of the forests. The training will occur at the Cradle of Forestry in the Pisgah District of the Pisgah National Forest and in the Shining Rock Wilderness.

Each week of the BOOT Crew Program a new set of volunteers will be working and new work goals will be designated. These assignments will occur in March 2012. Crew leaders will be camping with the volunteers each week in one of the project areas. Crew leaders could be in The Chattahoochee National Forest one week and the Pisgah National Forest the next. SAWS will make arrangements for accommodations for crew leaders during the period between projects.

Responsibilities:

  • Completing Wilderness Skills Institute training
  • Leading Work Crews efforts
  • Effectively communicating with SAWS leadership and USFS
  • Assisting the Camp Life Coordinator to provide a positive experience for crew
  • Reporting on the wilderness experience via blog on www.trailcrews.org
  • Completing end-of-trip reports
  • Sharing Leave No Trace principals with crew
  • Providing a fun and safe experience for crew members
  • Seasonal Time Frame, 2012
  • Wilderness Trails Stewardship Conference:   May 21 - June 1

2012 schedule

Crew work weeks, Sunday-Friday:

  • June 3-8
  • June 10-15
  • June 17-22
  • June 24-June 29
  • July 1-6
  • July 8-13
  • July 15-20
  • July 22-27

Backcountry Overnight Operations Team (BOOT) Camp Life Coordinator

Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS), a program of The Wilderness Society dedicated to stewardship of twenty-two federally designated wilderness areas, is looking for seasonal camp life coordinators to help lead volunteers on week-long back-country trail maintenance trips. These paid seasonal positions will run from May 21st through July 27th, 2012

These coordinators will be provided thorough training including U.S. Forest Service Cross-Cut Saw Certification, Wilderness First Aid/CPR and Leave No Trace certification. The training will continue with a week of back-country crew leadership, backcountry cooking and situational leadership training in the Shining Rock Wilderness.

Following the two weeks of training, camp life coordinators will begin supporting volunteer work crews on projects. Each crew will have a crew leader and a camp life coordinator. The crews will meet on Sunday afternoons and hike in to the work location. Crews will be tackling large projects and may be set up at one location for one to two weeks. Crews will hike out and wrap up their weeks on Friday afternoons.

Camp life coordinators will be responsible for managing food, food handling safety and hygiene for each week’s project, providing meals and camp needs and generally supporting the efforts of the crew. Camp life coordinators will also photograph the efforts of the crew, gather and record the stories of each crew and will work to publish these accounts through various media. Camp life coordinators will report to the director of SAWS, will coordinate and communicate with a seasonal crew boss and also will work closely with U.S. Forest Service personnel.

Location

SAWS, as an organization, works across 22 federally designated wilderness areas, along with several additional wilderness study areas. These areas are located within the Cherokee, Chattahoochee, Sumter, Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests.

The BOOT Crew Program will work across all of the forests. The training will occur at the Cradle of Forestry in the Pisgah District of the Pisgah National Forest and in the Shining Rock Wilderness.

Each week of the BOOT Crew Program a new set of volunteers will be working and new work goals will be designated. These assignments will occur in March of 2012. Camp Life Coordinators will be camping with the volunteers each week in one of the project areas. Camp Life Coordinators could be in the Chattahoochee National Forest one week and the Pisgah National Forest the next. SAWS will make arrangements for accommodations for Crew Leaders during the period between projects.

Responsibilities

  • Completing Wilderness Skills Institute training
  • Supporting the Work Crews with meals and camp life issues
  • Effectively communicating with SAWS leadership and USFS
  • Assisting the Crew Leader to provide a positive experience for crew
  • Reporting on the wilderness experience via multiple media channels
  • Completing end-of-trip reports
  • Sharing Leave No Trace principals with crew
  • Providing a fun and safe experience for crew members

2012 schedule

Wilderness Trails Stewardship Conference, May 21 - June 1

Crew Work Weeks, Sunday-Friday:

  • June 3 – 8
  • June 10 – 15
  • June 17 – 22
  • June 24 – June 29
  • July 1 – 6
  • July 8 – 13
  • July 15 – 20
  • July 22 - 27

How to apply

Those interested in applying for a position with SAWS should submit a cover letter and resume to Bill Hodge, Director — Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards.

Bill can be reached via billhodge@trailcrews.org.

Please include the title of the job you are applying for in the subject line of the e-mail:

  • Wilderness Ranger Job
  • BOOT Crew Leader Job
  • Camp Life Coordinator Job

Those wishing to respond off-line may submit the cover letter and resume to:

Bill Hodge
Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
The Wilderness Society
243 Ironsburg Road
Tellico Plains, TN 37385