Snow Mountain Wilderness Trail Corps

Expected Dates
May 23, 2021 to September 3, 2021
Mendocino National Forest
Position ID
Project Details
A young adult SCA Team will restore twenty-five miles of hiking and riding trails within the Snow Mountain Wilderness on the Mendocino National Forest (MNF), in this deferred maintenance project under the Great American Outdoors Act.  The team will consist of one Project Leader and five team members.  The team will work for a period of 13 weeks, starting on or about May 23, 2021, following about two weeks of advance training.  The team will conclude on or about September 3, 2021.  The Project Leader will start prior to the team members, and will coordinate with MNF staff on project planning, logistics, and to gain a full understanding of the desired trail standards.  The SCA team will arrive on the Mendocino National Forest fully trained and equipped with all the tools, equipment, material, supplies, and vehicles required to successfully complete the project. 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.  

Training Location:

Tentative Training Schedule
5/23: Arrival at Training Site
5/24-5/25: Corps Member Orientation
5/26-5/28: Wilderness First Aid
5/29: Rest Day
5/30 - 6/3: Work Skills Training (i.e. Trail Building Training, cross cut saw certification) 
6/4: Depart for First Project Site
Crew Housing  
For the duration of the project, the team will spike camp in the fireld. 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 SCA vehiclse for transportation to and from work projects and during days off.
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 partner.

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 
**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**

*** 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

  • Snow Mountain Wilderness, Mendocino National Forest, northern California
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
competent without supervision
competent without supervision
some experience
Hand Tools
competent without supervision
Trail Maintenance
competent without supervision