Green Mountain Club

Long Trail Patrol – Crew Leader

Posted: January 14, 2021
Location: Waterbury Center, Vermont
Time Commitment: 2021 Position Dates: May 10th – October 22nd (limited start and end date flexibility)


The Long Trail Patrol was established in 1931 as the official trail crew of the Green Mountain Club and has been a staple of our field staff ever since. The focus of the crew is to work on heavily used and damaged sections of trail throughout Vermont, on both state and National Forest land. The crew leader works closely with the Field Supervisor and Field Assistants to scout and plan work projects during “pre-season” and to handle project logistics throughout the work season. Acting as a role model of dedication and sound judgement, the LTP Leader guides and instructs the crew as they work hard, have fun, and forge lasting friendships.

Long Trail Patrol crews consist of the crew leader and three to four crew members, including a rotating summer intern. Crews work Monday through Friday in the field in all weather (except blizzards). They work with rock and lumber, as well as native timber as projects require. Projects may require power tools including but not limited to impact drivers, rock drills, chainsaws, and brush-cutters. Monday through Thursday nights crews camp near their work sites and share a communal camp kitchen, as well as camp chores. LTP crews provide their own personal camping gear and food. The GMC provides transportation to the work site, tools, personal protective equipment, and some group equipment (stove, fuel, cook-ware, first-aid supplies). Communal day-off housing is available in Waterbury Center or Danby, VT based on project locations.

Job Responsibilites

  • Lead 3 – 5 crew members on trail construction and maintenance projects.
  • Co-lead LTP training with Field Supervisor, Field Assistants, and other crew leaders.
  • Work with Field Supervisor and Field Assistants to scout and plan work projects.
  • Set weekly work schedules to efficiently complete project goals.
  • Complete weekly work logs and reports.
  • Oversee weekly cleaning and maintenance of project tools and camp supplies
  • Develop and foster healthy working relationships with and between all members of crew.
  • Maintain high standards of work and safety in a range of weather conditions.
  • Use trail tools in accordance with GMC safety protocol and comply with personal protective equipment requirements at all times.
  • Implement and model Leave No Trace practices at project work site and at camp.
  • Maintain a clean, safe, and operational tool storage facility at GMC Headquarters.
  • Ensure safe and responsible operation of GMC vehicles and conduct weekly vehicle checks.
  • Act as GMC on-site liaison with agency partners, including the US Forest Service and Vermont Forest, Parks, and Recreation.
  • Assist with Monday morning group cleaning of Back Forty.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Valid Driver’s License required
  • Wilderness First Aid certification required (class available free-of-charge during training); WFR preferred (re-certification available free-of-charge during training)
  • Extensive trail building and maintenance skills
  • Extensive experience with trail building tools and basic power tools

Desired Qualifications

  • Valid Driver’s License required
  • Wilderness First Aid certification required (class available free-of-charge during training); WFR preferred (re-certification available free-of-charge during training)
  • Knowledge of Leave No Trace principles (training provided during orientation)
  • Extensive experience with trail building tools and basic power tools
  • Extensive trail building and maintenance skills
  • Ability to perform difficult manual labor and to carry heavy loads as a regular part of the workday
  • Experience in leadership positions, preferably in trail work or outdoor education
  • Comfort and experience instructing others in diverse work environments
  • Ability to problem-solve independently and collaboratively in the backcountry
  • Ability to adhere to weekly work schedules and flexibility to adjust schedules as required by project developments
  • Strong backcountry living skills, including cooking and waste management
  • Experience working with agency and project partners

Salary and Benefits

$590/week, plus housing for days off

Application Process

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