Open Positions: Two Field Project Specialists (position formerly titled Trail Crew Technical Advisor)

Are you passionate about environmental conservation and connecting people to the outdoors? The Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) is looking for someone with outdoor leadership experience in training and supervising trail crews to join our team as a Field Project Specialist.

The Field Project Specialist works with trail crews to oversee and teach technical trail work and projects in various locations along the Pacific Crest Trail. Crews vary with a mix of corps crews, young adults, and adult volunteers working on one to 10 day projects in the front country and backcountry settings.

These full-time, seasonal positions run from April 10 to September 4, approximately 22 weeks. Located in the Northern Sierra, the positions will be participating in a variety of projects across the region, including wildfire repair, technical rock work and dry masonry, tread repair, and new trail construction. In addition, the positions will be working at the following locations (subject to change):
• Bucks Lake Wilderness, Plumas National Forest
• Chips Creek Inventoried Roadless Area, Lassen National Forest
• Middle Fork of the Feather River Wild & Scenic Area, Plumas National Forest
• Sierra Buttes, Tahoe National Forest
• Echo Lakes & Desolation Wilderness, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
• Sonora Pass and Ebbetts Pass in the Carson-Iceberg & Mokulumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

In this position, you will have the opportunity to:
• Facilitate projects and training planning and related communications with land managers, volunteer leaders, and other partner organizations
o Develop communications about project accomplishments
o Manage accurate data, records, and reports
• Coordinate all project-related logistical and paperwork requirements
• Facilitate pre-and-post project volunteer communications
• Provide on-site leadership managing trail project logistics and technical oversight, in the backcountry or front country, may include coordination of supply loads for transport by animal packers
• Provide technical guidance, training, and support to crew leaders, crew members, and volunteers while on the project and in camp
• Supervise and manage projects, train and guide corps crews and volunteer crews in trail maintenance, rehabilitation, and construction skills
• Ensure corps crew and volunteer work meets PCTA and agency standards while adhering to all safety and environmental protocols

See full job description on our website at: https://www.pcta.org/about-us/jobs/

What Makes You a Great Fit for this Position?
• Minimum of two years of relevant experience
• Outdoor leadership in training, managing, and leading trail crews
• Embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion as a personal value
• Leave No Trace and backcountry living skills
• Excellent trail maintenance, rehabilitation, and construction skills

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Staff, Conservation, Crew, Full Time, Mountaineering Skills, Research/Science and Technical, Support Staff, Trail Supervisor, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders


• Ability to maintain a safe working environment in the field
• Experience communicating with, coordinating, teaching, and managing corps crew, crew leaders and volunteers
• Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build authentic relationships and interact with people from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds
• Ability to listen, give, and take feedback and learn
• Possess a valid driver’s license with clean driving record, and be able to drive vehicles

Required Skills:

Physical Requirements:
• Ability to work in front and backcountry settings at high elevations and in inclement weather
• Ability to lift 25 pounds
• Ability to travel, including hiking and backpacking on and off trail for several days at a time
• Ability to perform manual trail work

Preferred Skills:

Desirable Skills and Certifications:
• Proficiency in technical trail construction skills such as rock work, rigging, stock packing, etc.
• Chain and crosscut saw certifications
• Valid wilderness first aid, including CPR certification, or ability to complete certifications before the employee’s first managed project

About Pacific Crest Trail Association

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) spans 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. One of America’s National Scenic Trails, the PCT reveals the beauty of the desert, the glaciated expanses of the Sierra Nevada, and the deep forests and commanding vistas of the Cascade Range. Untold thousands of hikers and equestrians enjoy this international treasure each year. Some only travel a few miles, while others complete every mile in a single season.

Application Instructions

To Apply: Positions are open until filled. Please e-mail which position(s) you are applying for, resume, and a letter of interest to Hiring Team at [email protected] with the subject “Field Project Specialist.” Please include your name in each document (i.e., “jsmith resume,” “jsmith references”). For questions, contact Connor Swift at (530) 570-8276 or by email at [email protected]

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