Friends of the Inyo’s Trail Ambassadors (TAs) support the Inyo, Sierra, & Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests and other partners by providing positive public service, outreach, interpretation, and trail maintenance on popular hiking trails. The TAs will walk with a smile and carry their shovels and crosscut saws like a banner on trails throughout the Inyo, Sierra, & Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests, from Lone Pine to Bridgeport.

Ideal candidates will be self-driven, enthusiastic, outgoing, and affable with the public, with knowledge and passion for the topography, history, and many “-ologies” of the Eastern Sierra.

This is a full-time, seasonal position with tentative start/end dates of mid-May/end of September.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Conservation, Teaching/Education, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders


• Must be at least 18 years of age
• Must possess a valid U.S. driver’s license with a clean driving record
• Must possess a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent
• Must have no felony convictions
• Must have at least one season of experience maintaining trails or similar work
• Must possess current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications, with preference given to individuals
with Wilderness First Responder certifications

Required Skills:

• Must be able to communicate effectively and respectfully with diverse audiences
• Must be comfortable with off-road mountain travel for extended periods of time

Preferred Skills:

•Ability to perform demanding physical labor for up to 6 hours a day
• Ability to lift more than 50 lbs regularly and for sustained periods
• Certified in Crosscut B-bucking
• Experience working with volunteers
• Experience working with youths
• Experience developing and providing interpretive activities
• Experience working with a non-profit
• Experience camping in front and backcountry settings for extended periods of time
• Ability to operate handheld GPS technology

About Friends of the Inyo

Friends of the Inyo is the only non-profit organization dedicated to the care and protection of the public lands of the Eastern Sierra. Through stewardship, policy, education, and exploration, we aim to ensure the public lands of Inyo & Mono Counties remain healthy and open to all well into the future.

Application Instructions

Please send a resume, a cover letter outlining your interest, and contact information for two references via e-mail to: Alex Ertaud, Stewardship Director, [email protected] He can also answer any questions you may have. Applications are due by 5 PM on Monday, March 15, 2021.