Educational Trail Maintenance Intern

Expected Dates
September 8, 2020 to November 16, 2020
Site
Musconetcong Watershed Association
Position ID
PO-00730726
The Intern will maintain and expand the Musconetcong Educational Trail from a .5 mile trail system, restore a 1.3 mile segment, and construct a new 2 mile segment to make a 3.8 mile loop trail along the Musconetcong National Wild and Scenic River in rural NJ. The trail setting is a riparian forest, wetland, and meadow, along a fast-moving cold-water stocked and Native Brook Trout fishery, set against a backdrop of 600’ forested mountains. The surrounding area is small farms, compact historic districts, and some modern houses and commerical areas. 

Trail work tasks will include: mowing with a brush hog, clearing woody brush with a powered Brushcutter and hand tools, trail blazing, painting trail blazes, installing wayfinding signs, installing planks in wetland areas and small trail bridges across streams, and installing wayfinding signs.  
Additionally, the intern will be involved and take initiative with planning activities to support trail work, including taking measurements, preparing orders, and delivery logistics. 

The Intern will be responsible for basic equipment maintenance that comes with daily equipment usage. Interpretive tasks include developing 10 small trailside signs on topics of cultural and historic land uses of the immediate area and riparian restoration. The Intern will be trained and supported by MWA staff. The position is envisioned as a largely solo opportunity to provide a safe working environment, with safe housing, despite the uncertainty during COVID19 environment.

This position is not eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award. 
  • Asbury, NJ
  • -wildlife habitat education
    -interpretive development
    -trail construction
    -trail maintenance
  • -Kayaks available for use
    -Area suitable for river paddling, hiking, hunting, birding, bicycling, running, etc.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
GPS
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Writing/Publishing
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
some experience