Overview

The Trail Crew Member position is an entry-level role. Crew Members are supported on a variety of levels, by their Crew Leaders, Program Staff & Project Partners, and Conservation Legacy Staff. While prior experience with the outdoors or outdoor work can be helpful, it is not a necessity for this position. We ask that Crew Members embrace learning opportunities, face challenges, and build community with their crew.

Projects take place across the Appalachian Region, including work with the US Forest Service, the National Park Service, and other land managers. During their time in the field, Crew Members camp overnight and work outdoors in all types of weather conditions, performing heavy manual labor related to environmental conservation and restoration projects. These hands-on projects will focus on building mountain bike-specific trail and completing technical stonework with rigging equipment.

Typically, Crew Members will meet at the ACC Office in Harrisonburg, travel in a crew vehicle to their project site and remain in the field for 9-10 days at a time, followed by 4-5 days off. While in the field, Crew Members work 8-10 hours a day. The day starts with a stretch circle and safety meeting and includes two fifteen-minute breaks and a half hour break for lunch.

Conservation Crew Members with ACC serve on a crew with 4-6 other Crew Members and 2 Crew Leaders who provide project expertise, mentorship, training, and support for the success of all participants. Food is provided while in the field. Crews work together to plan meals and complete all necessary chores (cooking, washing dishes, etc). Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated if known ahead of time. Many evenings include group discussions on conservation topics.

ACC supports a culture of feedback and growth. Crew Members will set goals at the beginning of the season and review their performance through both self-evaluation and a review with their Crew Leader in the middle and at the end of their season. Crew Members will also be asked to evaluate their Crew Leaders’ performance, the overall program, and their experience at the end of their term.

Crew Members are asked to work hard, stay positive, and be flexible with changing schedules, weather conditions, and project needs. This is a full-time seasonal position; Crew Members are expected to fully commit to the experience, expectations, and timeline.

Benefits:

$400/week living stipend, paid bi-weekly
AmeriCorps Segal Education Award upon successful completion of service term
Possible student loan forbearance
Member Assistance Program – 3 free sessions of support with a counseling or work-life balance specialist
Uniform shirts & PPE provided
On-the-job training
Certifications may be offered (Wilderness First Aid/CPR, First Aid/CPR, Leave No Trace, USFS Chainsaw etc)
Depending upon the academic institution and program, Crew Member positions may fulfill internship requirements
Professional development opportunities

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Conservation, Crew, Full Time, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders

Qualifications:

Be between the ages of 18 and 30 (exception for Veterans up to age 35)
Have US Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency status 
Have a high school diploma or GED
Pass background checks: all offers of positions are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and Federal and/or State criminal background check
Fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (Federal partner requirement)
Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (individuals are

Preferred Skills:

Mountain biking experience
Familiarity with mountain bike trails & trail features
Previous trailbuilding experience
Previous rock work or rigging experience

About Appalachian Conservation Corps

Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) works to connect young people to critical conservation service work across Appalachia and neighboring communities in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, DC, and Pennsylvania. As a corps program, ACC partners with public land managers to identify, plan, and complete projects that improve public access, habitat quality, and economic development. ACC is a program of Conservation Legacy, a nationwide network of conservation service organizations. Our programs focus on service, place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. ACC also provides an opportunity for members to learn about the local environment and issues affecting it and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers. ACC welcomes national applicants, but also emphasizes the engagement of local individuals who represent the communities in which they serve.

Application Instructions

View full position description & apply via our website: https://jobs.silkroad.com/ConservationLegacy/Careers/jobs/2934