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White Mountain Trail Crew Lead

Appalachian Mountain Club


Opportunity summary

Term length

5/1/2024 - 10/31/2024

Application window

4/1/2024 - 6/1/2024


Gorham, New Hampshire

Hourly pay equivalent


Project summary

These projects are natural resource preservation/conservation oriented and give people the opportunity to master and learn trail work techniques and construction in a variety of settings with a variety of tools with an eye toward restoring and maintaining trails in a sustainable way.

Opportunity description

Our 2024 season is brimming with technical trail work in front-country and backcountry locations throughout region.  Five crews, each comprised of three crew members, one assistant crew lead, and one crew lead will be deployed in 2024, with Crew Leaders getting a head start in spring to work together and build skills and expectations. The goal is sustainable and thoughtful trail construction in various locations throughout the White Mountains.


  • Housing
  • Healthcare

Requirements and qualifications


Coordinate and support a crew of 4 trail crew members to ensure a safe working environment and quality trail work in the field, Supervise the construction of trail structures like staircases, drainages, bridges, and retaining walls. Layout project work and continually check specifications using levels, measuring tape, chalk lines, etc. when needed, Safely and effectively use hand tools like pick mattocks, rock bars, hammers, loppers, saws, axes, and pulaskis. Train and supervise crew in use.

Preferred qualifications

Must be a minimum of 18 years old by start date, no exceptions. Ability and desire to live and work outdoors for extended periods of time. Ability to work under varying weather conditions. Ability to carry heavy loads (50+ lbs.) for long distances over rugged terrain. Commitment to backcountry stewardship and Leave No Trace ethics. Commitment to professionalism. Good judgment. communication. and problem-solving skills. Safe driving record.

Opportunity details

Focus area

  • Natural resource preservation and conservation
  • Outdoor recreation access improvements
  • Forestry 

Work environment

  • Team based
  • Rural
  • Traveling
  • Outdoor