Open Positions: Five Field Project Specialists (position formerly titled Trail Crew Technical
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 staff,
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. This position centers and
implements diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) strategies in the field.
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 below for more specific information for each
of the regions: Northern California, Columbia Cascades, and North Cascades.
In this position, you will have the opportunity to:
• 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
• 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
• Facilitate projects and training planning and related communications with land managers,
volunteer leaders, and other partner organizations
o Document and communicate project accomplishments
o Manage accurate data, records, and reports
• Coordinate all project-related logistical and paperwork requirements
• Facilitate pre-and-post project corps crew and volunteer communications
• Ensure corps crew and volunteer work meets PCTA and agency standards while adhering
to all associated 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
• Ability to maintain a safe working environment in the field
See full qualifications on our website at: https://www.pcta.org/about-us/jobs/
• 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
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.