2020 USFS Roving Trail Team

Expected Dates
June 29, 2020 to November 13, 2020
USFS Southern Region R8
Position ID
The USFS Roving Trail Corps Team will work with the Student Conservation Association and the U.S. Forest Service in the National Forests of the Southern Appalachians Priority Area and adjacent forests. This team, composed of three crew members and one crew leader, will serve in Southern Appalachian forests for 20 weeks. The crew members and leader will receive training before starting work, which includes SCA member training and trail work skills training.
Once on the forest, this team will focus their work on priority bridge and trail projects as outlined by the host forest and regional office. Forest Service staff will provide meaningful projects and on-site logistical support. The team will stay in developed campgrounds with showers and electricity. SCA will provide all necessary support services, crew leadership, transportation, personal safety equipment, and other standard materials/supplies necessary to perform the work. 

Forests will include:  George Washington & Jefferson National Forest, Cherokee National Forest, North Carolina National Forests, and Chattahoochee National Forest.

Draft Schedule: 
  • 6/29 - 7/15: 2.5 weeks of training at Cherokee National Forest
  • 7/15 - 8/7: 3.5 weeks of work on the Cherokee National Forest (shortened slightly since they will be doing trail work at the forest for a full week during training, with the other crew). 
  • 8/10 - 9/4: 4 weeks of work on the George Washington & Jefferson National Forest
  • 9/7 - 10/16: 6  weeks of work in the National Forests of North Carolina. 
  • 10/19 - 11/13: 4 weeks of work on the Chattahoochee National Forest


  • Weekly living allowance: $300
  • One time travel allowance: $650
  • SCA and USFS training on trails
  • The crew will be camping and all base camp supplies will be provided.
  • Field based meals provided on work days
  • Bridge Inspection Training , Bridge building and trail maintenance training.
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
competent without supervision
competent without supervision
competent without supervision
Hand Tools
competent without supervision
Trail Maintenance
competent without supervision