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Northern Rockies Wilderness Skills Institute


Apply to attend the 2019 Northern Rockies Wilderness Skills Institute!

Where: Powell Ranger Station, Powell, Idaho

When: May 20, 2019 - May 24, 2019

Community: All attendees stay for the full week and engage together.

What: A week-long skills building opportunity for wilderness field staff (agency and partner). 

How: Select courses you would like to apply for (click here to see course details) and a lodging option (click here to learn about lodging) and click on the Apply Now button.  

Deadline: The application period will close April 22, 2019 at 5:00 pm Mountain Daylight Time.

Questions: Contact Jimmy Gaudry or Heather MacSlarrow with questions.

The Northern Rockies Wilderness Skills Institute is a training partnership between the mutiple partners that include the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church FoundationSociety for Wilderness Stewardship, and the United States Forest Service.  The Institute features one week of training hosted each year at the Powell Ranger Station on the Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forest.  

Wilderness work requires a special scope of skills.  This program is designed to provide volunteers, agency and partnership staff and others opportunities for growth within these unique skill sets.  Each year, courses are selected to provide skills training for all levels of experience, from those new to stewardship to those who have been stewarding wilderness for decades.  The Institute is an excellent opportunity for connecting with Wilderness stewards across the region both inside and outside of the classroom.

All who attend the Institute must first complete the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center's "Wilderness Act" online course. More information below, or click here.


All interested parties are welcome to apply.  To apply, you will need to:

Read about and select a course option - Pick one option for Tuesday/Wednesday and one for Thursday/Friday, Monday is a group session.

Read about lodging options.

Click on the apply now link to be taken through the application process.


Applicants will be notified on April 23 if they were selected to attend the Institute. If you are selected, you will need to: 

Read about and complete course pre-requisites.

Monitor your inbox for an e-mail packet including the agenda, location, and other important information.

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