2022 Pacific Crest Trail Team

Expected Dates
January 31, 2022
Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA)
Position ID
Thinking about getting some trail work in this spring or summer?  Want to apply to be a leader, but want a little more experience before you polish off your application?  How would you like to connect with other SCA Alumni, and get some good, hard work done at the same time?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, come out to work with other SCA alumni on one of the most iconic trail in the country.  

The Pacific Crest Trail is a 2,653 mile long National Scene Trail along mountain ridges that spans from the Canadian to the Mexican borders.  SCA is partnering with the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) on a variety of trail projects that are aimed at addressing a backlog of maintenance issues on the trail.  These backcountry crews will be living and working in remote sections of the trail in southern California.  Projects may include clearing downed logs, tread and drainage work, rock work, and clearing debris off the trail to make it safe for users.    

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 crew is alcohol and substance free.  

Applications received by February 18, 2022 will be given priority hiring.

Program Dates - (tentative)
  • Track 1 Projects: 3/21/2022 - 5/6/2022 (7 weeks)
  • Track 2 Projects: 3/21/2022 - 6/17/2022 (13 weeks)
  • Track 3 Projects: 4/4/2022 - 5/21/2022  (7 weeks)

Location: (tentative)
Multiple placement locations in California. 

Crew Living Accommodations  
For the duration of the season, crews should expect to be camping in front country and backcountry scenarios for the entirety of the crew.  Members should plan to be mobile and expect to be traveling long distances in remote locations to get to their project sites. 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. 
  • Recording work totals and creating reports for submission to agency partners; this will include, taking photos, 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 pass SCA background check. 
  • Valid driver’s license; ability to pass Motor Vehicle Records check preferred 

Member Benefits:
- $650 - one time round trip travel allowance
- $300 - weekly living allowance
- $200 – uniform reimbursement

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

Trail Corps Team Gear List

  • This team will work on the PCT in locations TBD.
  • A crosscut certification course is planned for the first week of each crew. 
  • Cross Cut Saw
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected

None listed.