Seasonal Trail Crew Member (2 Positions)
Posted: March 11, 2019
Location: Kingfield, Maine
Time Commitment: Full-time, May 27 through October 11, 2019
The trail crew is responsible for building and maintaining multi-use, backcountry trails along the Maine Hut Trail from Carrabassett Valley to West Forks. Projects typically involve annual trail maintenance like mowing, building new trail, bog bridging, maintaining existing ski trail bridges, and installing stone retaining walls, and are accomplished with the help of partnering organizations and volunteer efforts.Trail crew members will gain experience in new trail construction techniques, learn how to manage a backcountry trail system, and establish valuable leadership skills.
The trail crew consists of one trail crew leader and two trail crew members often working alongside the Trails Manager and Trails Supervisor. The schedule is typically four 10-hour workdays per week, Monday through Thursday, but may vary depending on volunteer and community events. The trail crew should expect and be prepared to work in New England’s fly season and in all types of weather, barring hazardous conditions decided by the Trails Supervisor or Trails Manager.
The right candidates will have at least one full season of backcountry trail construction and maintenance experience. They will each possess initiative, independence, be team-oriented, and have strong map and GPS navigational skills. The right candidates will have experience operating motorized equipment, demonstrate maintenance and safe use of hand tools, be attentive to detail, and be able to balance quality with efficiency.
The trail crew is based near Kingfield, Maine and should have reliable transportation given the organization’s rural location. There are currently 80+ miles of developed multi-use trails. Much of the trail system is remotely located, so crew members should be prepared to pack in and camp at project sites. Projects often involve working out of one of the system’s four off-grid huts. Leave No Trace ethics and positive social etiquette required.
Salary is $12-14/hour based on experience
Please apply at www.mainehuts.org/inside/work-us, or email resume, cover letter, and three references describing how your work experience fits into this position to email@example.com. Write your subject line in the format: “first name last name, trail crew application.”