Shasta-Trinity Trail Team

Expected Dates
October 2, 2022 to December 23, 2022
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Position ID
Conditions of Employment:
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.

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest (STNF) is the largest National Forest in California, encompassing 2.2 million acres with over 6,278 miles of streams and rivers. It ranges from 1,000 in elevation (Shasta Lake and its general area) to the spectacular Mt. Shasta with its impressive elevation of 14,179 feet.

Project Background
This SCA Team will undertake a heavy trail maintenance project on seven miles of the Sisson-Callahan National Recreation Trail on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in northern California. The trail runs west from the town of Mt. Shasta towards the Trinity River, and for some distance is adjacent to the North Fork of the Sacramento River. The Sisson-Callahan trail was designated in 1979, as one of 47 National Recreation Trails traversing national forests in California.  Projects may include ​​​​​​reestablishing standard trail tread, establish clearances for pack animals, minimize erosion with sustainable drainage features to repair extensive erosion which has entrenched the trail prism, and clearing debris off the trail to make it safe for all 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.  If you are in the mood to get down and dirty, live lightly on the land, and get some hard work in this season, this is the crew for you.  

Arrival Location:
, CA

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 are 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 

Member Benefits:
- $650 - one time round trip travel allowance
- $250 - weekly living allowance
- AmeriCorps eligible (450-hour award, $1,678)
- Professional Development Opportunities: Wilderness First Aid, Crosscut Saw Certification

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes
**This position is part of a specialized SCA AmeriCorps program and if you are selected, you will be serving as an SCA AmeriCorps member. To be eligible for this position you must have served as an AmeriCorps member less than 4 times**

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. 

2021 South Fork Trail Corps Team Project Report

2021 Yolla Bolly Wilderness Corps Team Project Report

*** 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 (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


  • Shasta-Trinity National Forest in northern California. Sisson-Callahan National Recreation Trail
  • Hand tools, Wilderness First Aid
  • Cross Cut Saw
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
competent without supervision
competent without supervision
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience