Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation

2021 Crew Leader

Posted: January 05, 2021
Location: Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex
Time Commitment: Crew Leaders will report to the BMWF office at the Hungry Horse Ranger Station the week of May 17th and will work until the end of September. Option for an August ending is available as well.

Crew Leaders are responsible for organizing and implementing volunteer service projects that clear and maintain trails, mitigate user impacts, and remove invasive weeds. Work is primarily in the field with some limited office/computer tasks. Because the work is in Wilderness it is accomplished using primitive tools. An important aspect of the work includes training volunteers, many of whom have little to no wilderness experience.

Job Responsibilites

Crew leaders coordinate project logistics, including Forest Service coordination, meal planning and food shopping, train volunteers on the use of primitive tools, safety practices, and backcountry living and camping. You should expect to be the sole Crew Leader for a group of up to 8 adults and/or youth volunteers. In some cases, a partner group may provide additional leadership to help manage larger groups and coordinate group details.

Other Crew Leader responsibilities include providing lessons on Leave No Trace and interpreting the natural, geographical, and cultural history of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. This position requires camping and working at primitive backcountry and front country sites, extensive hiking over varied terrain and working in a variety of weather conditions. There may be opportunities to work with pack stock, but stock may not be provided for every project.

Office work includes working closely with the BMWF Program Director and Stewardship Coordinator, US Forest Service managers and volunteer groups to coordinate project logistics and paperwork prior to and after completion of each project trip. Additional duties include maintaining hand tools, organizing the tool cache, and providing volunteers with the appropriate safety gear and information. Extra time will be scheduled for training, project planning, menu planning and shopping, volunteer recognition and supplemental office work.

Trails and Weeds Crew Leaders have the opportunity to meet numerous professionals in the wilderness management field and make connections for future opportunities in wilderness and recreation management.

On the job training with the Program Director and Stewardship Coordinator takes place during the first three weeks of employment. This includes two weeks in the Hungry Horse area with BMWF and the following week and at Spotted Bear Ranger Station for Forest Service orientation. BMWF and Forest Service training covers:
BMWF/F.S. Partnership Volunteer leadership skills, Wilderness Orientation, Leave No Trace, Backcountry Living Skills, Bear Awareness/Safety, USFS Trail Maintenance Standards, Stock Use/Safety, Backcountry Safety, Backcountry menu and meal planning, Crosscut Saw Certification, Natural History Education, Noxious Weeds ID and management.

Required Qualifications

  • Maintain a positive attitude with a rigorous schedule throughout the field season.
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and ability to function at a high level, both independently and under pressure.
  • Project plans and logistics may change on a weekly basis; flexibility is a MUST!
  • Trail maintenance and/or Noxious Weed management experience.
  • Backcountry living and travel experience.
  • Leadership experience; ability to successfully organize and direct the work of volunteers, while juggling daily duties and responding to occasional crises.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with limited supervision in a field and office environment.
  • Ability to keep neat and accurate records and reports.
  • Motivation and willingness to work non-traditional hours, including nights and weekends.
  • Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification (partial reimbursement provided).
  • Basic computer proficiency including email communication, knowledge of Google Doc’s and Drive, digital photography, ability and willingness to learn other software as needed.

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.
  • Experience with youth and/or youth-at-risk.
  • Experience working with volunteers or groups with varied backgrounds and ability levels.
  • Ability to facilitate conflict resolution and mediation.
  • Experience with government agency, outdoor program, or non-profit organization.
  • Academic experience or equivalent experience in wilderness management, recreation, environmental studies, outdoor education, or a related field.
  • Cross cut saw and chainsaw experience and respective USFS certification.
  • Proficiency with GPS and mapping software.
  • For the Weeds Crew Leader a Government Applicator License or experience with Ecology or Noxious Weed Management is desirable.

For this position a reliable personal vehicle is required to access job sites. Job assignments often require driving to trailheads on backcountry, gravel roads. The BMWF reimburses employees at or above the current government rate for the use of their personal vehicles for mileage driven from the designated duty station to the work site. Other vehicle repairs are the responsibility of the Crew Leader.

Housing, Meals and Gear
Meals are provided when working with crews in the field, but employees are expected to cover their own food expenses while on personal time. Use of personal backpacking gear is required; a good sleeping bag, backpack, rain gear, and sturdy hiking boots are the most important. Group kitchen and LNT gear is provided. In most cases, housing for the summer is NOT provided, the exception is the East Side Leader based in Choteau, MT. It is recommended you live close to your assigned duty station.

Salary and Benefits

First year Crew Leaders will receive: ● Daily rate of $121.50/day ● $350 reimbursement for a Wilderness First Responder certification ● $200/season health insurance reimbursement for ACA qualified health plans ● USFS Saw Certification ● Meals while on the job ● Mileage reimbursement when driving a personal vehicle to and from project sites ● Returning Crew Leaders are eligible for an increased daily rate, WFR reimbursement, matching retirement plan, and may attend guard school.

Application Process

Email a resume and cover letter to Rebecca Powell, Program Director at [email protected]. Please review the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation website for a better understanding of the organization: Email applications are preferred. Qualified Crew Leader applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview with final candidate selections. Review and interview of applicants will begin February 1st and continue until all positions are filled.

The BMWF is committed to providing a more inclusive and diverse Wilderness opportunity for all people. We are working to remove barriers for those that have not seen themselves as part of the American public lands story, including Black, Indigenous, People of Color and LGBTQ+ communities. Read more about the BMWF Inclusive outdoors at

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