Trail Maintenance/Construction Crew Placements

Expected Dates
May 18, 2020 to September 6, 2020
Chugach National Forest
Position ID
Members will perform trail maintenance and construction, cabin maintenance and construction and developed recreation site maintenance and construction (80%).  They will also perform stream bank and wetlands restoration (20%).  All duties are performed in the field using a variety of power and non-power tools including shovels, pick Maddox, wheel barrows, chainsaws, and brush cutters.  This is a multi-discipline position working for a Forest Service district recreation program.  Members need to bring a positive attitude, willingness to work in inclement (wet) weather, long days and spiked out in remote field camps.

Field Season Specific Duties Include:
  • Working as a trail crew member maintaining and reconstructing hiking trails.
  • Working as a crew member maintaining and reconstructing public cabins.
  • Working as a crew member maintaining and repairing developed and disperse recreation sites.
  • Working as a crew member assisting wildlife and fisheries biologists in data collection, waterfowl nest island maintenance, and streambank restoration.
  • Assisting in public information/education outreach including trail hikes, campfire education programs, and special events.
  • Assisting in trail condition surveys data collection.
  • Assisting in recreation site condition survey data collection.

Compensation amounts:

  • $1,300 - RT travel allowance
  • $280 - weekly living allowance
  • AmeriCorps eligibility (education award of $1,566)

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

  • The Chugach National Forest is a 5.4 million acre forest in south central Alaska. It is located in the mountains surrounding Prince William Sound including the eastern Kenai Peninsula and the delta of the Copper River. It is the second largest forest in the U.S. national forest system, and is the northernmost national forest. The Chugach National Forest envelops Prince William Sound and is surrounded by the Chugach Mountains. Cordova is a small fishing community situated on the southeast shore of the Prince William Sound in south central Alaska and is accessible only by air and water. Aside from being your typical Alaska hunting and fishing paradise, the Cordova District has a number of unique resources. Included in these is the 700,000 acre Copper River Delta, one of the largest contiguous wetlands in the northern hemisphere, a number of spectacular glaciers, over 40 miles of developed hiking trails, and approximately 90 miles of primitive trail, 17 public recreation cabins, and a wide variety of fish and wildlife resources, trumpeter swans, dusky Canada geese, grey wolf, moose, brown and black bear, mountain goat and all species of salmon and trout. In addition, the phenomenal marine resources of Prince William Sound are located at Cordova’s doorstep. Approximately half of the uplands in Prince William Sound are managed by the Cordova Ranger District. Cordova is located at the extreme northern zone of the Pacific Northwest temperate rain forest. Summer temperatures average between 55 and 75 and total precipitation averages 168 inches annually.
  • Training opportunities:
    • FS Chainsaw Operation Certification.
    • FS ATV Operation Certification.
    • FS Vehicle Safe Operation Certification.
    • FS Boat Passenger Training.
    • FS Bear Behavior/Bear Spray Training.
    • First Aid/CPR/AED Certification.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
some experience
Chain Saw Skills
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience