Washington Trails Association (WTA) is the nation’s largest state-based hiking and trail maintenance organization, with 15,000-member households, an online community of more than 100,000. Powered by hikers for more than 50 years, WTA works to ensure Washington's trails stand the test of time, connecting people to the outdoors—from everyday adventures to backcountry explorations. Each year, our volunteers contribute more than 160,000 hours to improve hundreds of trails around Washington; one quarter of volunteers are youth. WTA's strength is in its community and future success depends on fostering an inclusive organization and hiking community, where everyone feels welcome and represented.
Washington Trails Association is seeking a Trail Crew Leader who loves working with people and shares our commitment to trail stewardship and volunteerism. The Trail Crew Leader works outdoors leading volunteers in building and maintaining trails on public lands. The position’s primary responsibility is to lead single and multi-day work parties in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington. This is a temporary, full-time, field-based position based in Mount Rainier National Park and reports to the South Puget Sound Field Coordinator.
Leading volunteer work parties
Support, motivate, and train volunteers to complete a variety of trail projects. Projects may include annual maintenance, tread construction, drainage structures, and constructions of steps, turnpike, puncheon and retaining walls
Effectively manage emergency situations following WTA’s emergency response protocols
Preparing for work parties
Documenting work parties
Other trail maintenance and construction
Outreach & other
Competitive candidates will highlight the following in their application, or express willingness to learn:
Ability to accept and integrate feedback graciously, and give effective feedback to team members
Ability to work in an outdoor environment, including hiking and backpacking up to 6 miles daily in a variety of terrain, and follow minimum impact guidelines
Valid driver’s license and ability to drive a truck on highways and dirt roads
Ability to work weekends and 10-hour days
The Trail Crew Leader is a temporary position beginning as soon as possible and continuing through October 3, 2022. The expected schedule for the Trail Crew Leader is 30-40 hours a week over 3-5 days each week. Generally, work parties will occur Thursday-Sunday unless otherwise defined, and requires working most weekends. Work party-related communication as well as documentation of activities may occur outside of work party days. Reliable internet and printer access for work party planning and documentation is needed; library and other public access is fine. Several times during the season the crew leader may be assigned to lead volunteers in backcountry trail projects 4-7 days in length. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination requirements are in place for WTA staff and volunteers.
The hourly rate for this position is $21.00 - $22.00 per hour depending on experience, for training, day trip crew leading, administrative and scouting assignments. Multi-day trips are paid $840 – $880 per 4-day Backcountry Response trip (BCRT) and $1,050 - $1,100 per 5-day BCRT. A supplementary per diem rate of $50/day will be provided for multi-day backcountry trips. WTA provides a cell phone, hard hat, work gloves and safety glasses. WTA does not provide boots, clothing or other personal outdoor and backpacking gear required for fieldwork, but does provide a $200 reimbursement to offset wear and tear on personal gear. Position is eligible for paid holidays, sick leave, health stipend and an employer match retirement plan.
A WTA vehicle will be provided for transportation to work parties. Reimbursement for up to 250 miles per trip will be provided for staff members who use a personal vehicle to fulfill program needs, unless commuting to/from base of operations.
WTA is committed to advancing equity and continually working to become a more inclusive organization. We believe WTA, and Washington’s hiking community, is made better by people with varied backgrounds, identities, abilities and lived experience. People of color and others with identities that are underrepresented in the outdoor industry (including but not limited to: gender identity, class, socioeconomic status, conviction history, sexual orientation, age, ability, and background) are strongly encouraged to apply.
WTA does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of age, color, gender identity, marital status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.
To apply: Submit a resume and a brief cover letter describing professional and personal experience relevant to the position to email@example.com. Include “Trail Crew Leader – Mount Rainier” in the subject line. The position is open until filled. Interviews will take place as applications are received. Finalists will be asked to submit to a background check of criminal and driving history. We create opportunities for candidates to discuss any results prior to hiring decisions being made. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. View other available jobs at www.wta.org/jobs.
$21 - $22 per hour
Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, USA