We are hiring 7 Backcountry Supervisors for the 2024 trails season!

The Backcountry Trails Camp Supervisor (BCTCS) is, above all else, a leader of young people (18-25), whose duties go far beyond the mere supervision of Corpsmembers. The BCTCS is responsible for the personal and professional development of each Corpsmember as they experience everything that comes with living and working with a diverse group of people in remote, isolated backcountry locations for six continuous months while performing rigorous work. The BCTCS must mentor, counsel, train, and direct Corpsmembers through an incredibly difficult work/wilderness/cohort experience while ensuring their physical, mental, emotional, and social wellbeing is being looked after.

Under the direct supervision of the Backcountry Trails Program Manager with additional oversight from the Program Coordinator, the incumbent works independently performing a multitude of duties in the following areas:

-Managing, directing, and supervising a backcountry trail crew.
-Facilitating individual development of Corpsmembers and the development of a crew community.
-Training Corpsmembers in trail repair, maintenance, construction, wilderness living, wilderness navigation, spike camp set-up, and operations.
-Development and implementation of season-long curriculum plan.
-Managing trail projects and supervising a crew performing trail work.
-Performing a variety of administrative duties and functions as operational, departmental, program, and public land management agency needs dictate.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Conservation, Development, Full Time, Teaching/Education, Trail Supervisor, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders


24 months+ Supervisory experience, especially in trail work.
Wilderness 1st Aid, Wilderness 1st Responder, or Wilderness EMT certification.
Possess a Class C Commercial Driver License, with a Passenger Transport Vehicle special endorsement prior to hiring.

Required Skills:

Wilderness trail construction, repair, maintenance, and project planning
Backcountry crew camp set up
Minimal impact or Leave No Trace wilderness practices
Backpacking and wilderness navigation (including cross-country hiking)
Planning, implementing, and facilitating meetings, trainings, and educational classes
Working with public land management agencies (e.g. USFS, NPS)
Strong hiker with the ability to carry 50 lbs while hiking 3mph
Microsoft Office

Preferred Skills:

Cultural Competency
Comfortable living in remote backcountry settings for months at a time, disconnected from modern communication systems (cell phone, computers, etc.)
Familiar with emergency action plans communication systems (radios, Incident Command).
Swift Water Trained
Highly skilled trail worker.
Soft skills and leadership development.
Planning and prioritization.
Safety oriented.
Professional communication with variety of audiences.
Written communication skills and some administrative experience.

About CA Conservation Corps Backcountry Trails Program

The Backcountry Trails Program (BCTP) was established in 1979 and is the longest running special program of the California Conservation Corps. The BCTP has also been an AmeriCorps program for more than two decades.

It is a five-plus month commitment to intense work and adventure with unique learning experiences in a truly spectacular environment. Those who complete the program will leave with renewed vigor, optimal fitness, augmented work ethic, and will be better able to live and work cooperatively with others.

Corpsmembers learn the historic skills of trail maintenance and construction, and the process of building healthy, inclusive communities. Highly regarded in the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and trails community, the BCTP offers a path for those interested in pursuing a career in related fields. An estimated 70-percent of BCTP alumni have gone on to work in trails and other conservation related fields for at least one season.

Application Instructions

https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=397272 Please reach out to Chelsea Saeland at 707-601-5617 or [email protected] with any questions