Trail Intern

Expected Dates
June 1, 2020 to August 23, 2020
Rocky Mountain National Park
Position ID
Assist with maintenance of park trails, including clearing downed trees off trails, limbing, brushing trails and cleaning drainage structures; assist with reconstruction of park trails, including building rock and log waterbars/checkdams and rebuilding footlogs and horse bridge and other trail structures; assist with Search and Rescue operations, other park operations and projects (possible). This physically demanding work includes hiking up to 10 miles in a day. You may stay in backcountry camps and assist animal packers with pack animals and work with volunteers. It is desired that applicants have some knowledge in trail work and maintenance, the ability to live and work in close crew contact including in a backcountry camp setting and the willingness to be a team player working with a 4-8 person trail crew. Out of the field housing will be either a shared bedroom in a bunkhouse or a shared apartment/house. Although not required, it is suggested you have access to a personal vehicle. Lack of transportation will not be a severe problem for personal travel, but a vehicle will greatly increase participant’s enjoyment of the area. Intern reimbursement generally does not exceed the budgeted amount.

Compensation amounts:
  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $500 - weekly living allowance
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($1,612 education award)
  • Housing

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

*This position is dependent on confirmation of federal funds and the execution of an agreement

  • This position will be housed inside the national park near the town of Grand Lake, CO.
  • First aid and CPR, basic and technical Search and Rescue, hazard awareness and various trail construction techniques (rigging, chain saw operations and rock drilling).
  • Located in RMNP, the intern will have several recreational opportunities such as rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, etc… The intern will get exposure to trail maintenance, park ecology, resource preservation, backcountry safety and park management.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
competent without supervision
competent with supervision
Leadership Experience
some experience