In partnership with the Mt. Adams Institute (MAI), interns will spend the season maintaining trails and campsites, and educating hikers on Leave No Trace principles in the rugged North Cascades backcountry. This position is based out of Chelan, WA and assures wilderness areas are maintained to Forest Service standards, and are safe and enjoyable to visitors. This position is ideal for a person who has a passion for being in the mountains and “living” in the backcountry.

The service locations vary from established administrative buildings to mountainous wilderness areas. Interns will rotate between solo patrol hitches on the PCT and the higher-use trails around Holden Village and hitches with the Chelan Trail Crew. The locations will vary each trip. Ninety percent of the service, related travel, and living is performed outdoors. The position requires strenuous physical exertion, including walking in steep or uneven terrain, heavy lifting, and carrying backpacks up to 50 pounds or more. Exposure to extreme weather and temperature is expected. The position requires backcountry living and experienced camping skills. The schedule is nine days “on” (Tues-Wed) and five days “off” (every other Thurs-Mon). The first day of each hitch is spent at the Chelan Ranger District office complex, and the remaining eight days are spent in the Wilderness areas.

Please go to our website to view the full position description: mtadamsinstitute.org/public-lands-stewards-internships

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Conservation, Crew


REQUIRED. 21-30 years of age at beginning of service term. U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident. Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent, or commit to earning one prior to receiving education award. Ability to commit to the full 25-week term of service. Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record and ability to provide documentation. Be physically fit, able to walk long distances (5-20 miles/day) carrying heavy loads (50+ lbs) with steep elevation gains.

Required Skills:

Please go to our website to view the full position description including requirements, preferred skills, and housing information: mtadamsinstitute.org/public-lands-stewards-internships

Preferred Skills:

Experience with safe use of hand tools (this could include experience in farming, gardening, orchard work, landscaping, carpentry, construction, etc). Experienced in safely spending extended periods backpacking in the backcountry. Experience communicating with the public. Knowledgeable about Leave-No-Trace and wilderness ethics. Knowledgeable/educated about high elevation, and fragile ecosystems. Educated on current issues, and controversies effecting wilderness use & stewardship.

About Mt. Adams Institute

The Mt. Adams Institute mission is to strengthen the connection between people and the natural world through education, service learning, career development and research. Mt. Adams Institute's Public Lands Stewards (PLS) is a career development program for young adults, ages 21-30, interested in learning more about public lands and natural resources management. The PLS program places participants in a 25 week internship with agencies like the Forest Service, Fish & Wildlife Service and environmental nonprofits throughout Washington and Oregon.

Application Instructions

Email the following documents to [email protected] Your application will not be considered without all of these documents: 1) Resume, 2) Cover Letter. Include answers to the following questions in your cover letter: What is your motivation for applying to this position? Briefly explain your experience in the outdoors as it relates to the position you are interested in. 3) Three professional references with name, email, phone number, relation to you.