Volunteer with FSVA! 

Chances are you’ve run into one of our Volunteer Wilderness Patrol or Equestrian Rangers on the trail, but did you know that you could become a Volunteer Ranger yourself?

We have several volunteer opportunities that range from Wilderness Ranger and Equestrian Patrols, to working with the public at the Ranger Station (and more!).
 

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Volunteer Wilderness Ranger

Volunteer Wilderness Ranger Key Purposes:

  • to educate the visitors about Forest Service lands and protection of Wilderness.
  • to serve as the eyes and ears of the Forest Service.
  • to help preserve the Wilderness by maintaining trails and campsites, and reporting any problems we encounter.

Volunteer Wilderness Ranger Duties:

The FSVA Wilderness Ranger patrols through a wide range of interconnected trails in the National Forest Wilderness and non-wilderness areas, sometimes spending one or more nights in the forest. From gorgeous flower covered meadows and grasslands of Garner Valley to the tree enshrouded wilderness trails of the high country, our Wilderness Rangers can be found hiking the hundreds of miles of trails from Cahuilla mountain all the way up to Tahquitz Peak and beyond.

Volunteer Wilderness Ranger Patrols in the National Forest involve multiple duties including:

  • Assist forest visitors
  • Count the number of visitors
  • Check permits and note violations
  • Potential cross-country patrol of backcountry
  • Illegal fire ring removal
  • Make sure camp sites are being used properly
  • Trail maintenance & trash removal
  • Volunteer cross-cut saw crew
  • Maintain Forest Service presence
  • Pack in services for research, historical and some non-profit organizations
  • Assist with yearly prescribed studies and surveys as part of the management plans for the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Wilderness areas.

Volunteer Wilderness Ranger Patrol Requirements:

  • Access to your own hiking gear including weather appropriate clothing, especially if volunteering for winter patrol of high country. 
  • Your own transportation to the trailhead.
  • Adequate hiking experience and training. Must be comfortable with hiking steep mountainous and varied terrain that may be encountered. This experience will be assessed during training period.
  • Be able to purchase the official Forest Service shirt (unless we have used shirts which are free), and badges (Volunteer Badge & Nameplate) after your tag-along interest hike.  After you finish your training, all volunteers are expected to be able to patrol a minimum of once a month during the non-winter season (April thru November); or 8 patrols; or the equivalent number of hours during the year, volunteering approximately 80 hours a year. 

Volunteer Wilderness Ranger Training Program:

  • The first step required to become a FSVA Wilderness Ranger is to do a tag-along interest hike with a current FSVA (Forest Service Volunteer Association) Ranger 
  • A minimum of 4 comprehensive training hikes with experienced rangers - 8 hours each hike
  • 1 day working at the ranger station front desk or at Humber Park trail heads - 8 hours
  • Yearly re-certification training day participation - 8 hours

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Volunteer Equestrian Ranger

Volunteer Equestrian Ranger Duties:

The FSVA Equestrian Ranger patrols a wide range of interconnected trails in the National Forest Wilderness area, sometimes spending one or more nights in the forest. From gorgeous flower covered meadows and grasslands of Garner Valley to the to tree enshrouded wilderness trails of the high country, our Equestrian rangers can be found on the hundreds of miles of trails from Cahuilla mountain all the way up to Devil’s Slide and beyond.

Equestrian Trail Patrols in the National Forest involve multiple duties including:

  • Assist forest visitors
  • Count the number of visitors
  • Check permits and note violations
  • Make sure camp sites are being used properly
  • Trail maintenance & trash removal
  • Pack in services for research, historical and some non-profit organizations
  • Maintain Forest Service presence
  • You may also qualify to join our award winning equestrian parade unit. They perform in parades and festivals from Idyllwild to Bishop. 

Volunteer Equestrian Ranger Requirements:

  • Access to your own horse
  • Transportation for your own horse to the trailhead
  • Adequate experience and training for rider and horse.  Must be comfortable with trail riding on mountainous and varied terrain that may be encountered. This experience will be tested.
  • Horse that is not likely to shy or react violently to the close presence of other horses, rangers and/or hikers.

NOTE: this is a volunteer position and the resources are to be provided by the volunteer.

Volunteer Equestrian Ranger Training Program:

  • New ranger orientation and training is provided annually.
  • In-service training is also provided.

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ranger station/interpretive volunteer

Ranger Station Volunteer Duties:

Volunteers may work in the Idyllwild Forest Service office helping visitors complete visitor passes, selling books, maps, and pamphlets, directing visitors to trails and camp sites and may be called on to perform general office work.

Volunteers may also desire to become interpretive speakers. These individuals lead adults, children and groups through areas of the forest pointing out the various fauna and flora. Interpretive speakers will spend several hours learning the specifics of the San Jacinto Wilderness.

Ranger Station Volunteer Requirements:

  • Transportation to the Ranger Station
  • Adequate Experience and training.  Must be comfortable dealing with the public and learning about and answering questions about local trails, and campsites and conditions.

Ranger Station Volunteer Program:

  • 5 in–station training days
  • Yearly recertification training day participation


Other Opportunities: we are open to working with you to help you use your skills and talents to help out the forest. Please contact FSVA.info@gmail.com for inquiries about other opportunities to help out. 

get involved

There's no better way to make an impact than to become an active volunteer yourself. Become an advocate for preserving and enjoying the San Jacinto Wilderness!

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