The Wilderness Society's Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) wilderness rangers spend a lot of time in wild areas, meeting with hikers and campers and coordinating with government agencies. They help direct trail maintenance and other activities to maintain Appalachian wilderness.
Backcountry Overnight Operations Team (BOOT) crew leaders are the point men and women for SAWS on the ground stewardship and maintenance efforts. BOOT crew leaders direct volunteer efforts and coordinate with the U.S. Forest Service on where work needs to be done.
For information on how to become a wilderness ranger or BOOT crew leader, see SAWS job opportunities.