Pacific Crest Train Assn. Crew Leadership: Managing Volunteers

Instructor Planning Guide & Field Reference

For students with moderate to extensive trail building experience who want to lead trail crews and work parties. Not a construction techniques class; this is about effective leadership. Students will have classroom and field work in the following topics: work day responsibilities, risk assessment and safety, tool safety and tool talk, leadership and team building, practical experience leading volunteers.

by Pacific Crest Trail Association

The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail exists largely in part because of the continued and growing support of volunteers. Each year the volunteer program grows and more individuals and groups are working to maintain the trail in a variety of ways year-round.

The value of this work is immeasurable and the potential for further growth is endless. Volunteers are available and once they have a positive experience, they are exponentially more likely to return for future projects. The Crew Leader is responsible for shaping these people’s experiences, introducing them to the world of trails and ensuring that they return for many more adventures and continue this successful effort.

Remember that every minute a volunteer is out on the trail is a gift, treat their time as such.

About the Author


Since 1977, the PCTA has protected, maintained, and advocated for the Pacific Crest Trail.

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