The District Trail Crew Leader is a full-time seasonal field-based position located on USFS Forests and National Parks in Washington. This position is responsible for leading volunteer trail maintenance work parties in the assigned district and working with Forest Service and National Park Service trail crews. Positions are available on two districts in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie Forest and one in Mount Rainier National Park. The position reports directly to WTA’s Field Director.
Specific Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Prepare for and lead volunteer work parties
• Leads two to three work parties a week
• On work party days, arrive at the trailhead with tools, refreshments, and work plan
• Works with Forest Service/Park Service trail crew for remainder of the days when there are no work parties
• Safely motivate and lead a crew of volunteers of diverse ages and backgrounds
• Ability to remain calm and manage emergency situations
Ensure technical aspects of work is to standards
• Coordinate project and plans with WTA Field Director and Land Manager
• Facilitate various trail projects to completion including drainage structures, annual maintenance, and construction of steps, turnpike and puncheon
Documentation Work Party
• Prepare summary report of work party
• Maintain and submit Sign-in and Liability Release for volunteers
• Ensures safety talk is complete and documented
Washington Trails Association (WTA) is a non-profit organization helping to protect the hiking trails of Washington. Our primary focus is keeping trails open to hikers through maintenance and advocacy. With more than 700 work parties annually, WTA has one of the largest volunteer backcountry trail maintenance programs in the country. Throughout the year, volunteers maintain, repair and build hiking trails throughout Washington State.
The work week will be 40 hours over four or five days. As a general rule leading volunteer work parties will occur on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Working with Forest Service/Park Service crews would then occur on either Monday/Tuesday or Wednesday/Thursday. Several times during the season the crew leader will lead backcountry projects up to four days in length.
• Experience working within an outdoor setting
• Have ability to work independently, but also contribute to a team effort
• Skills in trail maintenance and building
• Must be comfortable camping and living in an outdoor environment
• Must have interpersonal skills sufficient to insure a fun, safe, and quality volunteer experience
• Must be available from the end of May through the end of August (season may be longer on some districts)
• WFA or WFR certification (First Aid/CPR required)
• Valid driver’s license
• Reliable vehicle (WTA provides mileage reimbursement)
Compensation starting at $13.15/hour. Housing provided.
Provide a resume, a brief cover letter describing your experience and qualifications, and at least two references.
Email the above materials to:
Alan Carter Mortimer