2022 NPS Blue Ridge Trail Team

Expected Dates
June 18, 2022 to September 24, 2022
Blue Ridge Parkway
Position ID
The 2022 Blue Ridge Parkway Trail Team will work with the Student Conservation Association and the National Park Service. This 14-week trail team will be composed of three crew members and one crew leader. The crew members will receive training before starting work, which includes SCA member training, wilderness medicine, CPR, and trail work skills training.

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Throughout the season, this team will work to rehabilitate three separete trails along the Virginia section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Work projects will include erosion control, clearing trail corridors, and rehabilitating trail surfaces.  This team will be working on the Catoctin Trail (access trail from Appalachian Trail (AT) to Humpback (HB) Rocks picnic area) for two weeks; the access trail from Humpback Rocks Farm area to the AT for two weeks; and the lower portion of the Humpback Rocks Trail for four weeks.

Additional time would be spent on:
  • Fully rehabilitating the 46 water diverting structures to prolong the life of the Humpback Rocks Trail and reduce long term maintenance costs associated with the trail
  • Rehabilitate/replace 6 benches situated along the Humpback Rocks Trail
  • With any remaining time left, the crew can perform split rail fence repairs at the trailhead area of the Humpback Rocks Trail

The team will stay at frontcountry campsites. SCA will provide all necessary support services, crew leadership, transportation, personal safety equipment, and other standard materials/supplies necessary to perform the work. 

Team Member Benefits: 

  • $330/week living allowance (paid bi-weekly)
  • One-time travel allowance ($650)
  • Housing (camping at NPS campground) and field-based meals
  • SCA member orientation, wilderness medicine and trail work skills trainings
  • Eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award (if accepting before 5/30/22)

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.

The COVID-19 pandemic has required SCA to implement safety protocols and policies to help our teams manage the risks associated with the pandemic. Click here to review SCA’s COVID guidelines.

All SCA 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.

  • Trail Work Skills, Wilderness Medicine
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected

None listed.