• Published: January 7, 2010

River Ranger, Snake River

US Forest Service, Jackson Ranger District, Jackson, Wyoming

Summer Season 2010

Positions: Multiple positions are available!

Start Date: End of May End Date: minimum of mid-August, usually mid-September latest

Work Schedule: This is a 40 hr/week position, with every member of the crew working at least one day of the weekend.

Pay: GS-4 or GS-5 which is dependent on experience and education

Housing: Forest Service housing is available south of Jackson near Hoback Junction

Daily duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Make professional visitor contacts to provide and gain information
  • Enforce non-commercial and institutional group permit program = education first & citations if we must
  • Maintain all recreation day use sites in the Snake River and Hoback Canyons – this includes cleaning bathrooms, picking up garbage and pulling recycling
  • Assist on any projects as needed (fence repair, minimal trail work, boat ramps, weeds, aquatic nuisance species facility maintenance, facility repair)
  • Patrol canyon corridors via vehicle, including boat ramps, dispersed sites and trailheads. Clean, maintain sites, educate visitors, enforce FS regulations.
  • Accurately monitor all outfitted use to ensure following permitted activities
  • Occasionally patrol on-river in USFS rafts and duckies to make visitor contacts, enforce rules, monitor visitor and outfitter use, pick up garbage, do camp inspections. (Typically, on-river patrols occur once a week – this is greatly dependent on crew skills.)
  • Work closely with the Snake River Fund to implement projects and education programs along the river and in the community (Summit on the Snake, 5thgrade float trips, Snake River Days camp)

This position is mainly an on-land river position with infrequent on-river patrols, which are largely dependent on boating skill levels of crew members. The priorities are working with the public on boat ramps, outfitter monitoring, and maintaining day use sites. Being a river ranger on the Snake River in Jackson WY requires a person with great communication and people skills, the ability to be flexible with daily job duties (every day is different on the river), and knowledge in resource/recreation management is preferred. This position challenges rangers to improve their communication skills when working with the public and will give rangers a good foundation to understanding the world of outfitter/guide management, permit systems, and recreation management in general with the Forest Service. River navigating/boating skills are preferred for this position, but are not a requirement.

For more information on the river program go to:


For more information about the Snake River Fund go to:


To find out how to apply,

please contact:

Jeanette Langston

Lead River Ranger

Jackson Ranger District

[email protected]


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