Torres del Paine Legacy Fund

Volunteer Trail Crew Lead - Boardwalks

Posted: October 19, 2018
Opportunity Date: February 18 - March 08, 2019

The project work site is located in the backcountry of Torres del Paine National Park, though nights will be spent in tents at a developed campground approximately 30 min away. This campground has running water and showers during certain times of day, as well as access to a refugio or lodge where breakfast and dinner will be provided. Boxed lunch is provided each day and taken to the work site. The site requires a ~1.5 day hike to access.

Perhaps after its iconic peaks and glaciers, Torres del Paine is best known for its harsh, highly variable climate. The average high in February is 63 degrees F and lows hover around 40-45 F. However winds can reach 100kmph and regularly gust at 25-40 km/h. Rain is also common. Needless to say, preparing for all four seasons is a necessity and work will definitely be conducted in wet, chilly conditions at some point during the timeframe. Comfort working and camping in such conditions is a requirement.

Volunteer Objective:

Support the Legacy Fund with technical expertise to develop 170m of high quality boardwalk infrastructure along Torres del Paine’s O Circuit.

Primary Tasks:

  1. Consult on boardwalk design and procurement (wood vs. metal is still being considered)
  2. Consult on work plan for boardwalk construction
  3. Jointly with Legacy Fund staff, supervise volunteers and park rangers during boardwalk


  4. Teach volunteers and park rangers basic skills required for construction
  5. Ensure quality control and safety during construction
  6. Jointly with Legacy Fund staff, help generate an overall positive, safe, team oriented work



The on-site work is scheduled for February 23, 2019-March 2, 2019 with some flexibility on either side. It is expected that the volunteer arrive 5-7 days prior to evaluate the work-site and assist with preparations. Therefore a time commitment of at least 2 weeks is foreseen for the end of February or beginning of March pending volunteer availability.

Required Qualifications

  1. Prior experience constructing boardwalks and other trail infrastructure in back-country settings.
  2. Knowledge of tools, materials and techniques used in wilderness trail construction and maintenance. Culvert and small footbridge design and construction experience a plus.
  3. Dedication and passion for trails, hiking, and public lands
  4. Experience leading trail crews or volunteers
  5. Demonstrated ability as a tactful and effective communicator in a broad range of settings with diverse multicultural audiences
  6. Intermediate-advanced Spanish desired
  7. Wilderness first aid certified helpful but not required
  8. Organized and professional
  9. Outgoing and friendly; ability to motivate and engage others
  10. Patient and flexible. Ability to adapt to changing circumstances and work conditions
  11. Able and willing to perform manual labor for extended periods of time, often under adverse weather conditions

Application Process

To be considered for this position, please submit your CV and a brief letter of introduction describing your relevant experience and availability to Emily Green at Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.