With a name like Sky Lakes, this Wilderness is obliged to deliver at least more than one impressive sapphire pool, and it does. In fact, it takes in three major lake (former glacial) basins as it stretches along the crest of the volcanic Cascade Mountains from the border of Crater Lake National Park on the north to State Highway 140 in the south: Seven Lakes, Sky Lakes, and Blue Canyon basins. All of southern Oregon seems to lay at your feet when viewed from the rugged summit of the beautiful volcano Mount McLoughlin (elevation 9,495 feet), and then extends out northward into Sky Lakes' broad plateau-like ridges, dotted with many of the Wilderness's lakes. You'll find creeks and ice-cold springs (such as Ranger Springs, where the Middle Fork of the Rogue River springs to the surface almost "full-grown" from the beneath the lava), grassy meadows, and scores of crystalline sub-alpine lakes. Several of the Wilderness's lakes (Alta and Natasha among them) were found (by 1980s-90s Environmental Protection Agency baseline study of acid-rain conditions in Western U.S. mountain lakes) to have among the most chemically pure water known of all lakes on the globe.
Patrol wilderness trails; educate wilderness visitors about regulations and Leave No Trace principles; collect visitor use data; conduct wilderness campsite inventories; inventory non-native plant species; rehabilitate and clean campsites. Make public contacts with and provide wilderness education to Wilderness visitors including backpackers, horse users and Boy Scout groups; trailhead maintenance; trail clearing and maintenance with crosscut saws and hand tools; and other duties of a wilderness ranger.Housing will be a co-ed bunkhouse. Possible shared bedroom w/same sex. Communal kitchen and common area. Shared bathroom and shower areas.