Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear Ranger District - Ruidoso, New Mexico

Wildlife Fellow

The Wildlife Fellow will help the District Wildlife Program complete projects related to organizing wildlife inventories, compiling scientific data on threatened species, preparing wildlife reports, and performing Conservation Education programs in the local community.  It will involve hiking in rugged terrain and in remote locations. Some of the main tasks include: 

  • Survey threatened species such as the Mexican Spotted Owl, the Northern Goshawk, the Sacramento Mountain Salamander, and the Penasco Least Chipmunk, as well as numerous plant species. Some surveys will require working at night and early mornings
  • Conduct environmental education programs aimed at engaging youth and adults from local communities
  • Collect and organize scientific data to draft reports on monitored flora and fauna species
  • Additional work will involve helping in the maintenance of water developments and other wildlife structures.


  • Undergraduate or graduate degree pertaining to Wildlife Biology, Natural Resource Management, Forestry, and similar fields.
  • Ability to perform wildlife, fisheries, range, and other natural resource educational programs within the Lincoln National Forest.  
  • Interest and basic knowledge of outdoor related activities.
  • Be in good physical condition to work in rugged and steep terrain.
  • Last but not least, passion for nature conservation!


Government housing will be provided at no cost for the selected candidate.


Driver’s license and personal vehicle are not required. The workplace is accessible by public transportation.