The (2) CDTC Field Instructors will directly implement and lead all on-the-ground volunteer trail work projects and trail maintenance trainings for Field Programs. These efforts ensure the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) is completed, maintained, and protected by grassroots efforts and strong community connections.

CDTC Field Instructors will participate in direct coordination with the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, nonprofit organizations, outdoor retailers, and organizations paving the way for inclusivity in the outdoors.

Effectively and professionally implement, lead, and complete CDTC volunteer trail work projects to the highest land manager and CDTC standards:

With little oversight, serve as lead field staff supervising frontcountry and backcountry volunteer trail crews in trail maintenance, construction, and large-scale trail feature construction along the CDT (projects will be in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana).
Coordinate material and supply needs with supervisor and land managers and manage on-site project logistics, correctly estimate volunteer needs, provide project orientation to volunteers, complete work in a timely and efficient manner, supervise and support on-site volunteers, and ensure safety at all times.
Frequent travel, including weekends, may last from 1-3 weeks in duration. Largely variable work schedule depending on project location, duration, and drive time. The weekly work schedule will be variable (averaging 40-50 hours/week), with projects lasting 1-6 days in length, not accounting for travel days to and from the worksite. Occasional evenings required. A vehicle will be provided for all fieldwork and travel.
Instruct and lead volunteers in proper trail maintenance, trail construction, or building large-scale trail features, including but not limited to tread construction, corridor clearance, drainage, puncheon construction, fence and gate construction, and turnpikes.
Ability to respectfully work with volunteers of varying ages (18 -75 years old) and skills in a positive, engaging, open, and motivating experience while still accomplishing project goals. Excellent interpersonal skills, a sense of humor, and a positive, professional attitude are a must.
Complete detailed project reports documenting the progress of fieldwork days, including trail accomplishments, before and after photos, line or point data, and volunteer paperwork and statistics and share them with the Field Programs Manager promptly
Oversees the management of the CDTC shed, ensuring tools and equipment are correctly cared for, cleaned, sharpened, and stored.
Assist in the management of program safety by following CDTC safety and check-in protocols and ensure that Job Hazard Analysis or Risk Assessments are followed at all times.

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



At least two field seasons of professional trail work experience in a supervisor role implementing trail maintenance and construction projects
High school diploma or GED
Proficiency in traveling (hiking, backpacking, and navigating) and living in frontcountry and backcountry environments
Ability to participate in vigorous physical activity for extended periods at altitude and lift 40lbs
Must hold a current wilderness medical certification (WFA, WFR, or WEMT)

Required Skills:

See the full position description here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vRZnDYhbxG2iz6WYl5ryQ-WorIMOiPkYly_rnybW3i0ZybTdmcCb6hioldw1xBn1w/pub

About Continental Divide Trail Coalition

The Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) operates by focusing on four pillars: stewardship of the Trail, promotion of the Trail, building a strong Trail Community to support the Trail, and building an organization with sound governance to support its efforts. CDTC focuses on these four pillars to generate a broader culture of stewardship and belonging within and amongst the Trail Community. Within the Field Programs Department we recognize the Trail belongs to the American Public and that we have a responsibility to future generations to responsibly manage the Trail's resources.

Application Instructions

These requirements are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. If you have 75% of the requirements skills listed we encourage you to apply. Your “experience” refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, which helps build the competencies, knowledge, and skills that translate directly to this position. Applying gives you the opportunity to be considered. The positions are open until filled. Interested individuals should send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]