Zion Trail Crew Intern

Expected Dates
June 26, 2017 to December 10, 2017
Zion National Park
Position ID
Performs all aspects of trail maintenance and construction on front country and backcountry trails. Examples of the work that will be performed include: clear brush and fallen logs from  trail corridor; cleans, repairs, and constructs log or rock drains and waterbars; installs log or rock stairs and check steps; constructs and maintains rock and log structures such as turnpikes, crib walls, rip rap, rock and log retaining walls; constructs and repairs wet stone masonry and concrete structures; constructs new segments of trail and performs rehabilitation and restoration on abandoned or heavily impacted sections of trail. Work will occasionally include wire fence maintenance and repair.

Uses and maintains shovels, picks, rakes, axes, pulaskis, various types of saws (e.g., crosscut, pole, limbing etc.), loppers, chisels, sledgehammers, single jacks, rock bars, measureing tapes, levels, squares, scribes, gasoline powered hammer drills, rock saws, chainsaws and other trade tools when performing trail maintenance and construction duties.

The work performed requires very heavy physical effort, routinely lifts, pushes and pulls objects weighing over 50 lbs, and regularly hikes up to 15 miles while carrying up to a 50 lb pack.

Must have basic computer skills and able to learn some GPS and GIS skills.
  • Zion National Park is located in southwestern Utah. The climate is generally HOT with daytime temperatures averaging 100 in the summer and 55 in the winter. Nighttime lows range from 85 in the summer to 30 in the winter. Minimal shopping is available in Springdale, Utah located (2) miles from Park Headquarters. Full range of shopping, medical, dental, religious and recreational facilities are available in Hurricane (25 miles), St. George, (45 miles) and in Cedar City, Utah (63 miles).
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Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
some experience
Chain Saw Skills
some experience
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Trail Maintenance
competent with supervision