Join Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Trail Crews!
Sequoia Trail Crew and Kings Canyon Trail Crew are both hiring multiple positions for our 2024 season. If you are interested in living and working in the beautiful wilderness of the Sierra Nevada, look no further. All skill levels are welcome, but a good attitude and willingness to learn are necessary.
You will serve as Trail Crew Leader under the direction of the Trails Supervisor working on park-wide trail construction and maintenance projects.
– Day-to-day leadership of up to fifteen employee trail crew, volunteers, and youth conservation crews in trail construction and maintenance projects in the front country and back country settings, masonry, rigging, and motor vehicle trail maintenance related operations.
– Hike up to 20 miles, able to lift/carry heavy loads.
– Projects include repairing dry-laid rock retaining walls, tread replacement and grading of ADA trails, bridge construction and cleaning and/or replacing water bars. Other projects include rehabilitation of fire damaged trails.
– Responsible for the quality, quantity and safety of work performed under his/her leadership and for communicating progress reports on all assigned projects to the Trails Supervisor.
– Assist in development of Job Hazard Analysis documents and training, as well as holding regular Tailgate Safety meetings and ensuring that all employees on crews work safely.
– Must possess a broad knowledge of the specialized tools, skills and techniques associated with new trail construction and maintenance.
– Extensive knowledge in crosscut saw operations, maintenance, and sharpening is preferred.
– Up to ten percent of the position is administrative in nature and requires using a computer and various software programs (MS Word, Excel, web-based databases, etc.); performing basic math for project estimating and budgeting, keeping detailed records, maintaining accurate paper and electronic files for safety documentation; purchasing, time keeping and other matters.
The typical seasonal entry-on-duty period is April through October but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding.
**Anticipated Entry on Duty: May 2024.**
Must meet physical demands listed below.
Frequently lifts and carries objects weighing over 100 pounds, must carry and roll rocks and logs, move rocks of several tons with rock bars, use hammers to crush or shape rock, and use shovel extensively. Frequently hikes up to 20 miles daily and must be able to do so while carrying a backpack, power and/or hand tools.
- Must have the ability to live and work effectively in backcountry areas in close contact with small numbers of people for extended periods of time.
- Live and work out-of-doors on projects in various terrain up to 13,000 feet elevation in all extremes of adverse weather conditions.
About Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Trail Crews
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are home to 2 of only 3 remaining backcountry programs featuring full-time seasonal, fully supported trail crews, allowing employees to live all summer in remote backcountry settings. We run multiple different crews that do a wide variety of trail work, including frontcountry trail crews as well.