Winter Trail Ranger

Expected Dates
January 5, 2015 to March 29, 2015
Payette National Forest
Position ID
The McCall-New Meadows Recreation Zone is looking for a Winter Snow Ranger!
Purpose and Need:
The Payette National Forest offers an incredible range of winter recreation activities including snowmobiling, backcountry skiing, snowboarding, and cross country skiing. The McCall area alone claims 500 miles of groomed snowmobile routes, with 291 miles authorized on-forest under a 2013 Environmental Assessment. The Payette National Forest encompasses an area of 2.3 million acres of which nearly 1.5 million acres is open to motorized and non-motorized winter recreation. In addition the Payette also has over 19,000 acres of guided backcountry skiing and 16 miles of groomed cross country ski trails on the forest. How these sites and features are maintained is a reflection on the Forest, as well as the local community that depends on recreation activities that contribute to the economy.
Duties for the Winter Trail Ranger Position Include: 
-Building, maintaining, installing and replacing snowmobile junction signs identified on the 2013 Winter Travel Map for the Payette National Forest.
-Maintaining signs and facilities (restroom facilities, trailhead portal signs) located along the groomed route.
-Providing assistance to the Payette Avalanche Center in disseminating information to the public regarding avalanche awareness and avalanche danger. (Note:  This does not include forecast/advisory work; only dissemination of educational and other information.)
-Providing maps and educational materials at trailheads and parking lots along the groomed routes.
-Assisting Forest Service personnel in implementing avalanche awareness and education training to local recreation groups. This includes formal training and on-the-spot training at trailheads for topics that include avalanche awareness and beacon training.
-Patrolling of groomed routes to provide assistance, information, and education to snowmobilers during times of high recreational activity.
-Working with the county groomer for Valley County to ensure that grooming information is disseminated to the public.

Link to the Payette National Forest:
Links to McCall, Idaho:

  • McCall, Idaho
  • Avalanche/Beacon Training

    Snowmobile Training

    Monthly Safety Training (topics vary)

    Training related to operating government vehicle(s)

  • Avalanche Awareness Training

    Snow science

    Recreational activities:
    1) cross country and down hill skiing

    2) Snowmobiling

    3) Ice skating/hockey

  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Visitor Services and Site Operations
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Community Engagement
some experience
All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
competent without supervision