Maine Huts & Trails

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.

Job Responsibilites

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.

Required Qualifications

  • One or more seasons working on backcountry trail crews
  • Proven experience working for prolonged periods in inclement weather
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 or more lbs repeatedly and perform repetitive motions like digging, hammering, shoveling, and raking
  • Ability to navigate rugged terrain
  • Proficiency in backcountry trail navigation
  • Community First Aid and CPR certification preferred
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to maintain flexibility and easily orient to new tasks

Desired Qualifications

  • College education in biology, ecology, environmental science, GIS, forestry, or related
  • Carpentry experience working with both native timber and PT lumber
  • Rock work including native stone retaining structures, stepping stones, staircases
  • Building and maintaining trail drainage structures
  • Recording of GPS tracks and waypoints using a handheld device and field notes
  • Chainsaw certification
  • Wilderness First Aid

Salary and Benefits

Salary is $12-14/hour based on experience

Application Process

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 ssteele@mainehuts.org. Write your subject line in the format: “first name last name, trail crew application.”