South Warner Mountains Wilderness Backcountry Trail Team (PO-00731226)

Do you want to spend your summer backpacking and camping in the wilderness of Northern California?
The Student Conservation Association ( is looking for four people to complete backcountry trail work in the South Warner Wilderness. This 70,000 acre wilderness is located on the Modoc Plateau is a nexus between the basin and range ecosystems. The elevation varies from 2,000 to nearly 10,000ft forming an ecotone that is home to communities of plants and animals commonly found in low elevation desert plants, sage shrub, as well as the white pine and lodgepole pine forest communities of the Cascades and high Sierras.  

Member Benefits:

  • $300 – weekly living allowance
  • $650 – one time round trip travel allowance, i.e. $325 each way
  • AmeriCorps eligible (450 hour award, $1,612.43 education award)
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification
  • Crosscut Saw Certification

Project Description:
Approximately 6miles of Owl Creek Trail was damaged during storm and flood events. The crew will be performing technical rock work to reconstruct low-water stream crossings, saw work to remove dozens of downed trees, drainage installation, and general trail repairs with hand tools.

Crew Living Accommodations  
Field-life is rugged, and while on work hitches (up to 10 days), members should expect to live without electricity, running water, and cell phone reception. On off days the crew will be camping in a front country setting with access to a USFS bunkhouse, including electricity and running water. Cell phone service may or may not be present.

Member Responsibilities

  • Complete project tasks as assigned; whether it is trimming back brush from the trail, working with your team to move a large rock, or doing dishes.  Full engagement is expected in all work projects and community activities.
  • Assist the Project Leader with meal planning, developing emergency response plans, and completing logistical tasks.
  • Recording work totals and creating reports for agency partners.
  • Interfacing with general public and partner organizations in a manner that reflects positively upon the crew, organization, and agency. 

Member Qualifications

  • Commitment to living and working within an intensive crew environment.
  • Desire to do manual labor in all weather conditions, including wind, rain, extreme heat, extreme cold, and extremely pleasant days.
  • Ability to enroll in AmeriCorps Education Award Program. 
  • Passion for the outdoors
  • Backpacking experience
  • Community service experience
  • Valid Drivers License
  • Commuinity living experiecence

Airport Arrival Location:
Reno-Tahoe International Airport

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes
*This position is part of a specialized SCA AmeriCorps program and if you are selected, you will be serving as an SCA AmeriCorps member.**

For more information on what past crews have done and what being on a Corps team is like, check out some of these final reports from similar crews. 
Fall 2021 PCT Trail Crew

* The COVID-19 pandemic has required SCA to implement several safety protocols and policies to help our teams manage the risks associated with the pandemic.  Please review the documents below for SCA's updated organizational response plan and participant agreement form to learn more how our teams will be operating in the field. 

*Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.

SCA COVID-19 Response Plan (updated 1/18/2022)
SCA COVID-19 Participant Agreement Form (updated 1/27/2021)

For Members who have accepted this position (Please click on the links below to review the steps you need to take to prepare for your position) 
Preparing for your Corps Team Position
Onboarding for Your Corps Team Position
Trail Corps Team Gear List

Position ID: PO-00731226

Expected Dates: August 8, 2022 - August 22, 2022

800 West 12th Street
Alturas, CA 96101

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Lava Beds National Monument, Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Medicine Lake, Eagle Lake.

Main Area of Focus: Recreation Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Not needed

Housing or Stipend Provided?
D. No housing is available

Team will camp for the duration of the project

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association