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Trail Ranger Application

The Department of Parks and Recreation is recruiting to fill open Trail Ranger positions in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls! 

These positions work eight – ten hour shifts, Wed – Wed away from the home station.
Idaho has one of the largest systems of single-track trails in the United States. Keeping those seemingly endless miles of trails accessible to users is a task coordinated by our Trail Ranger Program. 

Want to join our team this summer? Learn more about becoming a Trail Ranger by visiting: Seasonal Employment in Idaho State Parks | Department of Parks and Recreation

Example of Duties

  • Works in remote areas, removing logs, debris, trimming brush, repairing short sections of trail and installing water dips. 
  • Riding a motorcycle laden with 50lb of additional weight over challenging terrain; 
  • Operating a chainsaw 
  • Operate and maintain equipment; 
  • Inspect equipment to insure proper working order; 
  • Complete end of project reports; 
  • Confirm scheduling and housing arrangements with Land Manager; 
  • Ability to work unsupervised.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum age of 18.
  • Knowledge of motorized trail maintenance.  
  • Knowledge of motorcycle maintenance and the ability to make field repairs.
  • Must have advanced or expert ability to safely ride a motorcycle on challenging single track trails.
  • Must have the ability to safely ride over a variety of terrain and in various weather conditions.
  • Must have physical condition and stamina sufficient to perform construction type work such as lifting and carrying items weighing approximately 90 pounds, bending, stooping, and working in adverse climatic conditions.

There will be a pre-employment motorcycle riding test to verify adequate skills for the job.

Note:  This is a non-benefited seasonal position, serving up to one thousand three hundred eighty-five (1,385) hours of continuous service. 

Trail Ranger Application

Idaho State Parks & Recreation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is our policy to recruit and hire qualified persons without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. This application will be used to determine your qualifications for the Trail Ranger Program. Please read the application carefully and complete all of the information requested.
I Can Work...
I certify that I am a US citizen, permanent resident, or Foreign National with authorization to work in the United States
Have you worked for Idaho Parks & Recreation before? Where?
Are you at least 18 years of age? (Required)
I certify that I am in compliance with the provisions of the Selective Service Act (50 U.S.C. Appendix,War and National Defense Sections 451-473) and Idaho Code (Section 451-501 et seq.)
Do you have or are you willing to obtain a driver's license?
Are you willing to work in extreme heat, rain, or cold?
Are you willing and able to locate your own housing and transportation for the season?
Do you have current STANDARD FIRST AID CERTIFICATION?
Do you have a current CPR CERTIFICATE?
What kind of CPR Certificate do you have?
Are you able to lift up to 50 lbs?
Except for a minor traffic offense, have you ever entered a plea of guilty, no contest, or had a withheld judgment to a felony?
Do you have a motorcycle endorsement, if not are you willing to obtain one before the season starts?
Identifying Gender
Felling Trees
For each skill, select the option that most relates to your experience, knowledge, and willingness to perform each task.
Rebuilding Trail Tread
For each skill, select the option that most relates to your experience, knowledge, and willingness to perform each task.
Installing, cleaning, water bars and drain dips
For each skill, select the option that most relates to your experience, knowledge, and willingness to perform each task.
Trimming Brush
For each skill, select the option that most relates to your experience, knowledge, and willingness to perform each task.
Map & Compass Reading
For each skill, select the option that most relates to your experience, knowledge, and willingness to perform each task.
Blazing, Signing, Marking
For each skill, select the option that most relates to your experience, knowledge, and willingness to perform each task.
Using a Chainsaw
For each skill, select the option that most relates to your experience, knowledge, and willingness to perform each task.
Using a Pulaski
For each skill, select the option that most relates to your experience, knowledge, and willingness to perform each task.
Operating an Off-Highway Vehicle
For each skill, select the option that most relates to your experience, knowledge, and willingness to perform each task.
Operating a Manual Shift Truck
For each skill, select the option that most relates to your experience, knowledge, and willingness to perform each task.
Checking Records for Accuracy
For each skill, select the option that most relates to your experience, knowledge, and willingness to perform each task.
Computer Operation
For each skill, select the option that most relates to your experience, knowledge, and willingness to perform each task.
Logging or Posting Information
For each skill, select the option that most relates to your experience, knowledge, and willingness to perform each task.
Typing
For each skill, select the option that most relates to your experience, knowledge, and willingness to perform each task.
Giving Talks to Groups
For each skill, select the option that most relates to your experience, knowledge, and willingness to perform each task.
Conducting Research
For each skill, select the option that most relates to your experience, knowledge, and willingness to perform each task.
Scheduling & Assigning Work to Others
For each skill, select the option that most relates to your experience, knowledge, and willingness to perform each task.
Training Others
For each skill, select the option that most relates to your experience, knowledge, and willingness to perform each task.
Region(s) you would prefer to work from. Please select the region(s) that apply.
Are you willing to spend up to eight days away from home?
Are you confident in your ability to change a flat motorcycle tire in the field?
On a motorcycle, what skill level would you consider yourself?
By typing your name in the box below, you are electronically signing this application and indicate that the information is correct and truthful, to the best of your ability.

POV trail ranger on a motorcycle over looking a mountain scene from the trail
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