Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship

Trails Laborer

Posted: September 22, 2021
Location: Santa Cruz, California
Time Commitment: Full-time


We are seeking entry level trail construction staff to support and expand our trail and park stewardship program in the near future. Staff will work with our trail crew to implement trail and park construction projects. This position is ideal for candidates who are looking for experience in construction, natural resources management, parks and recreation management, or other related fields.

Job Responsibilites

Responsibilities include but are not limited to,

  • Maintain safe jobsite conditions. Follow and enforce SCMTS safety regulations for volunteers, project partners, and subcontractors.
  • Perform trail construction and maintenance labor under direction of the crew chief.
  • Assist with implementation of volunteer trail work events.
  • Ensure use of best practices for all trail and park projects.
  • Inspect and maintain SCMTS tools and equipment to ensure high level of safety and functionality.
  • Safe chainsaw use for simple bucking/brushing.
  • Safely operate vehicles and tow trailers.

Required Qualifications

The below are desired when starting as a Trails Laborer and priorities for development if lacking.

  • Volunteer or professional experience building and maintaining trails.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic trail construction, maintenance and design.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, ability to follow written and oral direction, and superb communication skills.
  • Ability and desire to work with volunteers with a diverse range of backgrounds and skill levels.

Physical Requirements

  • The ability to lift 80 pounds regularly.
  • The ability to perform physically demanding work with hand tools for an 8-10 hour workday.
  • The ability to sit for long periods of time while operating equipment.
  • The ability to respond quickly to sounds.
  • The ability to hike long distances and move safely over steep, uneven and/or slippery terrain.
  • The ability to see and respond to dangerous situations.
  • The ability to work in extreme weather.
  • The ability to wear personal protective gear correctly most of the day.

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of SCMTS, familiarity with trail building and recreation communities throughout California.
  • Complimentary trade skills such as equipment operation, carpentry, mechanical aptitude, etc.

Salary and Benefits

Pay $19.75. Work on prevailing wage projects will be paid at the prevailing wage rate based on trade being performed (laborer, carpenter, operator, etc.). The balance of the value of fringe benefits minus the cost of SCMTS provided benefits will be paid in cash. You will be reimbursed for mileage, travel, and other business-related expenses as approved by your supervisor.

Application Process

Submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references to [email protected]. Please include any pertinent information, including professional and personal experience, that is relevant to the position. This recruitment is ongoing until filled.

Inclusion Statement

SCMTS’ policy is to afford equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation. This policy demonstrates SCMTS’s commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive environment that values different perspectives and fosters belonging.