– Constructs and maintains trails by cleaning water bars, building dry/wet rock retaining wall, and rip-rap, removing excess rock on tread, brushing, cutting trail edge berm, digging dip drains and clearing trail of trees, obstacles and debris.
– Operates and maintains rock drills, chainsaws, wrenches and power tools.
– Assist trail leaders in demonstrating to crew members the concepts/techniques of trail work and backcountry living ethics.
– Assigned to isolated backcountry locations for periods of 4 to 14 weeks at a time.
– Applicant must be able to work and live cooperatively with other individuals under primitive conditions for prolonged periods of time.
The typical seasonal entry-on-duty period is May through October but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding.
**Anticipated Entry on Duty: May 2024**
Must be able to meet the physical requirements listed below.
Physical Effort: Heavy physical exertion in bending, lifting, and using hand and power tools in trail work. Examples of typical strenuous activity, include frequently lifting and carrying objects weighing up to 100 pounds., carrying and rolling rocks and logs, moving rocks of several tons with rock bars, using hammers to crush or shape rock, and using shovels extensively; frequently walks up to 20 miles daily; and must not have potential emergency medical problems that could complicate work in remote areas.
Must have the ability to live and work effectively in isolated backcountry areas in close contact with small numbers of people. Incumbent must live and work out-of-doors on projects including mountainous terrain up to 14,000 feet in elevation in all extremes of weather.
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.