Trail Crew

Expected Dates
June 7, 2021 to October 23, 2021
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Position ID
Successful candidates will serve as a member of the Methow Valley Ranger District trail crew, helping to maintain trails to standard in a wide variety of backcountry settings, including the iconic Pasayten Wilderness and national scenic trails such as the Pacific Crest and Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trails.  Work will include using traditional maintenance tools such as a crosscut saw to perform trail logout, or a variety of hand tools for tread and drainage work. Crews may also use chain saws or power tools, depending on the project location and the member’s training / experience.  Most work will be with hand tools.  Crews typically work eight 10 hour days in the backcountry in a row, followed by six days off.  Crews may backpack their own gear and tools to the site, or may work alongside the district’s packer and string of mules to provide support to the trail crews.  May assist with packing loads and animal care, and 8 Mile Ranch pack facility operations and maintenance.   Members will serve with experienced FS trail crew leads, and receive direct mentoring and support for on-the-job training.  May also work alongside and support USFS partner and volunteer crews, or the Pacific Northwest Trail Association crews.  

Strong backpacking skills and aptitude are a must, along with good communication and teamwork skills.  Interest in working with pack animals (mules, horses) is a bonus, but is not required.  
Compensation amounts:
- $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
- $200 - weekly living allowance
- Housing on site included (see description)
- AmeriCorps eligible ($2,360 education award)

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes
  • Methow Valley Ranger District, Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest
  • Members will receive the same crew training as all seasonal employees on the district, including driver safety, training in cross-cut saw and other traditional tools, and training with the district stock program.
  • The Methow Valley provides outstanding opportunities for year round outdoor recreation, including hiking, climbing, biking, horse-back riding, skiing, and more. There is normally a strong local art and vibrant community scene.
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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
Customer Service
competent without supervision
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Trail Maintenance
some experience