Girdwood Trail Crew Interns

Expected Dates
June 1, 2020 to August 23, 2020
Girdwood Parks and Recreation
Position ID
Interns will work daily on trail projects as assigned. They will need to be available to attend a chainsaw work-skills training in May as well. 

The work will include, but not limited, to brushing trail corridors, improving trail tread (i.e. hauling gravel by wheelbarrow), repairing board walk, assist in the removal of fallen trees, improving trail drainage, and working with local volunteers on group projects.  A person will be successful in this position if they can work in the field daily in all types of weather conditions, can develop a great partnership with the other intern and use their skills to improve Girdwood trails.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Trail tread maintenance and development
  • Trail building
  • Erosion Control and Trail Drainage maintenance
  • Trimming Vegetation
  • Materials Transport

Required Skills:

  • Good work ethics and maintain a strong sense of crew morale
  • Be in good physical condition
  • Able to work safely in a remote location
  • Able to work in adverse weather and rugged terrain
  • Able to lift 60 lbs.  for long distance over difficult terrain
  • Possess working knowledge of trail maintenance and building basics
  • Understand how to use basic hand and power tools
  • Possess good public relation skills
  • Chain saw certification preferred
  • SCA Work Skills Training is available for this position. Training will take place near Girdwood and will start in mid-May, Dates TBD


  • No uniform required.
  • Provide own leather work boots, rubber boots, and raingear. 
  • Work gloves and other safety work gear will be provided to you.


  • $1,300 One-time travel allowance is provided
  • $280 weekly stipend is provided for 12 weeks
  • $800 monthly housing allowance is provided for 3 months

*All stipends and allowances are sublject to local, state and federal taxes*

*This position is eligible for an AmeriCorps Education award of $1,566 upon successful completion of 450 hours of service

  • Girdwood is a resort town that offers many outdoor based adventure options.
  • Opporunties will include training with power tools, event coordination for volunteers, trail design and project management
  • The intern will be able to improve their trail building skills, work with a government organization and develop skills they can take forward to future jobs.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
competent without supervision
Chain Saw Skills
competent without supervision
Hand Tools
competent without supervision
Community Engagement
some experience
Trail Maintenance
competent without supervision