Sequoia Forest Trail Team

Expected Dates
May 23, 2021 to September 11, 2021
Sequoia National Forest
Position ID
This SCA Corps Team will work alongside Forest Service trail specialists to maintain trails in several designated wilderness areas on the Sequoia National Forest. The team will move around to different locations during their time in the wilderness.  They will spike camp in the wilderness and work 10 days on and 4 days off.  Team members will be given wilderness first aid and cross-cut saw certification. 

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.  
Crew Housing  
This team will spend 10 days in the backcountry, and then come out for four days off.  The USFS will provide a campsite at an Administrative site on the forest.  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 

*** 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

  • Sequoia National Forest in the Southern Sierra Nevada Range of California.
  • Wilderness First Aid, Cross-cut saw certification
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
competent without supervision
competent without supervision
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Trail Maintenance
competent with supervision