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Alaska Trails

Actively Recruiting:

Position title :
Trail Crew Leader

Deadline to apply :
April 1, 2021

Type of Position :
Staff (Seasonal)

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Organization/Program Description :

Alaska Trails is seeking a Trail Crew Leader who loves working with people and shares our commitment to trail stewardship. The Trail Crew Leader will support the organization in coordinating trail projects by leading a paid Trail Crew in 2021. In addition, the Crew Leader will have responsibility for training and supervising volunteers that will work in conjunction with the Trail Crew. This is a seasonal May – September full-time (40 hrs. per week plus, Monday-Friday, with some weekends). The Trail Crew Leader position will work on various projects in the Chugach National Forest and will require travel and backcountry work.

Position Description :

This position will train, direct and supervise a paid Trail Crew with three crew members. The crew will be conducting trail projects and supervising volunteers through the Alaska Trail Stewards program.

Job Duties :

Project Coordination and Planning:

  • Coordinate and supervise the Trail Crew
  • Organize and run volunteer work projects in conjunction with the Trail Crew
  • Work with land managers and staff in identifying appropriate volunteer trail projects
  • Develop plans and structure specifications for new trail construction, reconstruction, realignment and trail reroute projects in collaboration with land management project partners

Training and Leading Trail Crew and Volunteers:

  • Develop and implement a Trail Crew training program
  • Direct Trail Crew and volunteers with daily tasks for positive work-flow and attention to detail
  • Train, motivate and lead Trail Crew and volunteers to complete a variety of trail projects including annual maintenance, repairs and new construction
  • Ensure all technical work is to standards, including tread construction, drainage structures, and construction of steps, turnpike and puncheon
  • Demonstrated commitment to safety in all aspects
  • Ensure safety talk is delivered to crew and volunteers and documented
  • Calmly manage emergency situations following emergency response protocols
  • Positively represent Alaska Trails mission, programs and membership in all interactions with volunteers, trail users and others
  • Create an inclusive work environment free from harassment, and aptitude for developing skills in others
  • Report all incidents affecting the safety, health, and well-being of volunteers in a timely manner
Requirements :

Jobs skills, experience, and personal trails preferred:

  • Demonstrated experience leading a Trail Crew
  • Demonstrated skills in trail building and maintenance
  • Basic construction and basic wood working experience
  • USFS S-212 or equivalent chainsaw certification
  • Organizational skills, attention to detail, and technology skills to provide program and administrative support
  • Strong interpersonal skills to ensure a fun, safe and quality trail work experience
  • Cultural competency experience and demonstrated ability to work with people of diverse races, ages, genders, abilities and economic backgrounds
  • Ability to work independently and contribute to a team effort
  • Ability to remain calm and manage emergency situations
  • Ability to work in an outdoor environment and follow minimum impact guidelines
  • Demonstrated flexibility in a dynamic and fast-paced environment, feeling comfortable with midcourse corrections
  • Current WFA or WFR certification and CPR certification
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to drive a truck on highways and dirt roads
  • Ability to work weekends and 10-hour days
  • Ability to work weekends and 10-hour days • A strong commitment to Alaska Trails’ mission


Contact Information :

Email a resume, a brief cover letter describing your experience and qualifications, and three references to [email protected] Reference the job title “Trail Crew Leader” in the subject line. The position is open until filled, but priority will be given to resumes received by March 22nd, 2021.

Additional Information :

Compensation starts at $27.50 per hour DOE