Open Positions: Four 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 projects and teach technical trail working in various locations along the Pacific Crest Trail. Trail crews vary with a mix of corps crews, young adults, and adult volunteers working on projects in both front country and backcountry settings. Projects vary in length from 1-10 days.

These full-time, seasonal positions will be participating in a variety of projects, including but not limited to, wildfire repair, corridor clearing & logout, technical rock work & dry masonry, tread repair, and new trail construction. The length of season and start and end dates varies between the positions. Please see the regional addendums for more specific information for each of the 4 positions: Northern Sierra 1, Northern Sierra 2, Northern California, and Columbia Cascades.

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

Salary and Benefits:
This is a full-time hourly seasonal staff position. Hourly pay is $20 per hour and Field Project Specialist will average 50 hours of work per week and are eligible for overtime pay. Housing is not provided; however, a housing differential/allowance is provided in addition to the hourly wage. PCTA reimburses for mileage at the IRS rate or a vehicle restricted to work-related travel may be provided as needed. Gear stipend of up to $250 is provided. Food costs are covered while in the field. Positions 6 months or longer in duration are eligible for the following benefits: paid holidays, vacation, and sick time, health, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability.

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


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
• Ability to maintain a safe working environment in the field

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

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 with interviews scheduled the week of January 16, 2023. Please e-mail which position(s) you are applying for, resume, references, 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 [email protected]org.

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