Trail Crew Assistant Lead

Green Mountain Club

Waterbury Center, Vermont

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $700/week plus housing

Green Mountain Club Trail Crews have 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 Leads 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 Leads 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.

GMC trail crews 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 Lead, an Assistant Lead, 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.


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.

2024 Position Dates:
Commitment to full season preferred. Some start date flexibility may be allowed.
Full season: May 6 - October 11
Summer: May 26 - August 9
Fall: August 9 - October 11

Schedule: Monday - Friday, camping at work site Monday - Thursday nights
Compensation: $700/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, and rigging for stone work.

Assistant Crew Lead Responsibilities:

  • Assist Crew Lead in leading 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 among 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 protocols 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 staff housing.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Assistant Crew Lead 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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Category General / Stewardship, Outdoor Recreation
Tags Trail Maintenance