Wilderness Skills Institute Seeks Trainees Dedicated to Conservation

Dedicated individuals seeking to further their skills and experience in environmental conservation are invited to apply for the 2019 Wilderness Skills Institute (WSI), a two-week training course that provides a variety of instruction on basic to advanced-level skills necessary for working in wilderness environments. Held on May 20-24, 2019 and May 28-31, 2019 at the Cradle of Forestry near Brevard, North Carolina, the Institute will cover a range of essential skills from wilderness first aid to crosscut saw and axe certification.

“The Wilderness Skills Institute is one of the best training opportunities for agency employees, partners and volunteers who work in wilderness stewardship to develop the essential skills and relationships necessary to manage our public lands now and into the future,” said Leanna Joyner, Program Director of Volunteer Relations for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC).

WSI was developed in 2011 through a partnership between the ATC, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS), and the USDA Forest Service to ensure that the next generation of environmental stewards is properly trained to work effectively in unique and challenging wilderness areas. Training through the Institute is provided for free to accepted students, and free camping is available on site for those wishing to take advantage of the facilities. WSI is also an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in furthering their careers in conservation to connect with experienced wilderness stewards from across the region both in and out of the classroom.

Motivated individuals of all skill and experience levels are invited to apply to WSI by March 8, 2019. To apply and for more information, please visit wildernessskillsinstitute.org.


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