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Wilderness Fellow Position Description

The Wilderness Fellows Program is a collaborative of the Society for Wilderness stewardship, the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). The Wilderness Fellows Program was created in order to complete Wilderness Character Baseline Assessments, thereby continuing important assessment work that has been underway since 2001, and fulfilling the USFS Wilderness Stewardship Performance (WSP) element “Wilderness Character Baseline”.  The Wilderness Character Baseline requires that steps be made to provide the foundation for evaluating trends in wilderness character. 

Full position description here.

Title: Wilderness Fellow

Reports To: SWS National Program Manager

Classification: Hourly

Location: 10 Positions are available, located in the following: Hungry Horse, Montana; Helena, Montana; Jackson, Wyoming (2 positions); Central Sierras, California; Tahoe, California; Rutland, Vermont; Rhinelander, Wisconsin; Hoonah and Yakutat, Alaska; Ketchikan, Alaska.

Duration: June 10, 2019 – December 3, 2019

Time: Full Time, Seasonal

Salary: $600 weekly stipend

Benefits: 1 earned personal day per month and federal holidays; Forest Service housing provided.

Closing Date: April 26th, 2019


Primary Wilderness Fellow Responsibilities

Attend one-week training in Granby, Colorado (travel provided). 

Work out of remote USFS locations. 

Coordinate meetings with USFS resource specialists to gather information regarding wilderness character.

Research, compile and analyze legislative and administrative historical data.

Travel to and into wilderness areas. 

Compile data for selected monitoring and complete components of a baseline.

Implement inventory and monitoring strategies for tracking wilderness character.

Set and meet benchmarks and deadlines for data collection, meetings, and draft and final reports.


Key Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related field, Master’s degree preferred.

Educational background in Wilderness Management, Protected Area/Natural Resource Management, Recreation Resource Management, Conservation Social Science, Environmental Policy, Natural, Biological and/or Physical Science.

Deep interest in wilderness/resource management and the U.S. Forest Service.

Outstanding written and oral communication skills.

Research skill and attention to detail and organization.

Ability to work both independently and collaboratively on projects, high degree of initiative.

Results-oriented with the ability to set and follow realistic goals and objectives.

Flexibility to adapt when faced with changing needs and priorities.

Ability to travel to training and remote field locations (travel provided), and to relocate if necessary (assistance not provided). 


To Apply: E-mail a resume, cover letter, a one-to-two page writing sample, and three professional or academic references to Heather MacSlarrow at:

Posted April 2, 2019

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