Long Trail Crew Assistant Leader

Green Mountain Club

Waterbury Center, Vermont

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $680 / week

The Green Mountain Club Long Trail Crew has been building and maintaining stretches of the Long Trail system and Appalachian Trail since 1931. Vermont's hiking trails can be rugged, wet, and rocky, and our professional crews take on our biggest, most technical, and most challenging projects! The Crew Assistant Leaders work closely with their Crew Lead throughout the work season to manage a productive and positive crew experience. Role models of dedication and sound judgment, Assistant Leaders guide and instruct their crews as they work hard, have fun, and forge a strong and positive community. We seek to create a more welcoming trail crew culture unconstrained by tradition, and want leadership who shares this goal.

The focus of the Long Trail Crew is to work on heavily damaged sections of trail throughout Vermont that require intensive repair or rebuilding. Projects are almost entirely backcountry-based, and most involve technical stone work. Work may require power tools including impact drivers, rock drills, chainsaws, and brush cutters. Our crews build staircases, turnpike, bridges, waterbars, and stepping stones to name just a few examples.

Crews consist of a Crew Leader, an Assistant Leader, and three Crew Members. Monday through Thursday nights crews camp near their work sites and share a communal camp kitchen, as well as camp chores. Crew members provide their own personal camping gear and food. The GMC provides transportation to the work site, safety equipment, tools, and some group equipment (stove, cook-ware, first-aid supplies). Communal day-off housing is available in Waterbury Center or Danby, VT based on project locations.

Locations:

Trail crews work all over the Vermont Long Trail, Appalachian Trail, and side trails. Crews may camp out for a single week on short projects, then return to another campsite many times on multi-week projects.

2022 Position Dates:
Commitment to full season preferred. Some start date flexibility may be allowed.

Full season: May 25-October 14
Summer: May 25-August 12
Fall: Mid August-October 14

Schedule: Monday - Friday, camping at work site Monday - Thursday nights

Compensation: $680/week, plus housing

Benefits: Housing provided, Wilderness First Aid Class provided, Retirement (403b) employer matching, eligible for prodeal discounts. Assistant Leads may have opportunity for other trainings including Chainsaw, Crosscut, Rigging for stone work.

Crew Assistant Leader Responsibilities:

  • Assistant Leader in leading a 3-4 crew members on trail construction and maintenance projects.
  • Collaborate in setting weekly work schedules to efficiently complete project goals.
  • Assist in completing weekly work logs and reports.
  • Oversee weekly cleaning and maintenance of project tools and camp supplies
  • Develop and foster healthy working relationships with and between all members of crew.
  • Maintain high standards of work and safety in a range of weather conditions.
  • Use trail tools in accordance with GMC safety protocol and comply with personal protective equipment requirements at all times.
  • Implement and model Leave No Trace practices at project work site and at camp.
  • Maintain a clean, safe, and operational tool storage facility at GMC Headquarters.
  • Ensure safe and responsible operation of GMC vehicles and conduct weekly vehicle checks.
  • Act as GMC on-site liaison with agency partners, including the US Forest Service and Vermont Forest, Parks, and Recreation.
  • Assist with Monday morning group cleaning of Back Forty.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Crew Assistant Leader Qualifications:

  • Valid Driver's License required
  • Wilderness First Aid certification required (class available free-of-charge during training); WFR preferred (re-certification available free-of-charge during training)
  • Knowledge of Leave No Trace principles (training provided during orientation)
  • Experience with trail building tools and basic power tools
  • Minimum one season of trail work experience
  • Comfort and experience instructing others in diverse work environments
  • Ability to problem-solve independently and collaboratively in the backcountry
  • Ability to adhere to weekly work schedules and flexibility to adjust schedules as required by project developments
  • Strong backcountry living skills, including cooking and waste management

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds at a time
  • Ability to be on foot for prolonged periods of time, including hiking several miles with a heavy pack
  • Ability to perform difficult manual labor and to carry heavy loads as a regular part of the workday
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