2021 Pacific Northwest Roving Trail Corps

Expected Dates
May 23, 2021 to August 21, 2021
Student Conservation Association
Position ID
The SCA Pacific Northwest (PNW) Roving Trail Corps is an intensive conservation program where members will gain experience serving on conservation projects throughout the Pacific Northwest.  If you’ve ever wanted to get dirty, learn a skill, and camp for a living, come join this community of like-minded individuals, and help us tackle some of the most challenging conservation issues.  

Compensation Amounts:
- $650 one time RT travel allowance
- $200 - weekly living allowance
- AmeriCorps eligible (
$1,638 education award)

Project Locations: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest (OR), Mount Rainer National Park (WA)

Project Duration: 13 weeks broken into two Hitches
Hitch 1 (6 weeks at Wallowa-Whitman NF)

We have identified three primary trails for the crew to work on while here: East Fork of the Wallowa (1804), lower/norther section of the Main Minam (1673) and the Sommers Creek (1770). We also have lower elevation backup options if snow is still sticking around up high. A significant portion of the projects the crew will working on will be our deferred trail maintenance backlog. The tasks will be logout primarily, brushing where needed and removing rocks and debris from the trail. There may also be some tread work along with drainage maintenance and hazard mitigation.
Hitch 2 (5 weeks at Mount Rainier NP)

Program Description 
Crews will be based out of remote tent camps in close proximity to project sites.  Work hitches will be typically 10 days in length, but could vary depending on location and project needs.  The crew’s primary project will be working on a variety of trail projects at both the Wallow-Whitman National Forest and Mount Rainer National Park.  Trail maintenance activities will include, but are not limited to: brushing trail corridor, clearing drains of debris and accumulation, clearing tree downfall, re-establishing hinge and outslope, repairing failing structure (stone & wood), minor bridge maintenance. 

Field-life is rugged, and while on work hitches, members should expect to live without electricity, running water, and cell phone reception; additionally, while on hitch, this program is alcohol and substance free.  

Training Description (Tentative)
*Please note- this is a tentative training schedule.  A full overview and description of training will be issued two weeks prior to the start of training.  Additionally, members may receive additional training opportunities depending on project needs.  

Training Location:
Weaverville, CA

Tentative Training Schedule

5/23: Arrival at Training Site
5/24-5/25: Corps Member Orientation
5/26-5/28: Wilderness First Aid
5/29: Rest Day
5/30 - 6/3: Work Skills Training (i.e. Trail Building Training) 
6/4: Depart for First Project Site
Crew Housing  
For the duration of the season, crews should expect to be mobile and should expect to be traveling long distances in remote locations to get to their project sites.  Additionally, many field based work hitches will be tent-based camping.  Members will be expected to work together to ensure that all SCA equipment, vehicles, trailer, and tools are properly maintained and ready for use in the field.  Personal vehicles are not recommended for this project.  Crew members will have access to an SCA vehicle for transportation to and from work projects.   
Member Responsibilities
Ensure project, crew community, basecamp, vehicles, and general safety standards are upheld; full engagement is expected in all work projects and community activities 
Interfacing with general public and partner organizations in a manner that reflects positively upon the crew, organization, and agency 
Take on role of Hitch Leader for at least one hitch, serving as a professional liaison with SCA Project Leaders, handling the logistics of a project, meal planning, delegating responsibilities, developing emergency response plans, and completing all necessary paperwork. 
Recording work totals and creating reports for submission to agency partners; this will include GPS field data collection and post-processing. 
Member Qualifications
Commitment to living and working within an intensive crew environment; interpersonal skills and community living experience are pluses 
Commitment to service in working conditions that will include: extreme heat, extreme cold, high winds, and precipitation 
Ability to enroll in AmeriCorps Education Award Program 
Ability to pass SCA background check 
Valid driver’s license; ability to pass Motor Vehicle Records check preferred 
**This position is part of a specialized SCA AmeriCorps program and if you are selected, you will be serving as an SCA AmeriCorps member. To be eligible for this position you must have served as an AmeriCorps member less than 4 times**

*** 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. 

SCA COVID-19 Response Plan (updated 1/27/2021)
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

  • Training Location: Weaverville, CA
    Project Locations:
    Wallowa Whitman National Forest
  • Corps Member Orientation
    Wilderness First Aid
    Trail building training
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
competent without supervision
competent without supervision
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Trail Maintenance
some experience