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 week of June 13 through week of September 25, approximately 16 weeks. This position will spend six weeks in the backcountry of Central Oregon and Southern Washington fixing eroded sections of the PCT with an Student Conservation Corps crew. There will be in two different locations – one in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and one in the Mt Hood National Forest with potential for other projects depending on progress. The position will also provide technical support for volunteer projects and volunteer leadership development as time allows. The latter portion of the position’s term will be spent six weeks coordinating the SCA crew on backcountry projects in the Sky Lakes Wilderness of Southern Oregon. Work will involve repairing PCT tread in the northern half of the Wilderness.
Typical schedule will be working eight to nine days in the field with five to six days off. There will likely be a few weeks of four to five days on with two to three days off. This position will require some flexibility as we adapt to changing environmental conditions.
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/
• 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.