4 Trail Crew positions with CFI for the 2024 Field Season remain!! (2 Crew Leaders, 1 Crew Member, 1 Crew Member/Photographer) APPLY NOW.

Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI)

Twin Lakes, Colorado

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $20-$29/hr DOE
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Colorado Fourteeners Initiative is wrapping up recruitment for trail work professionals for our upcoming 2024 field season. We are still looking for 4 more enthusiastic, hard-working seasonal staff members  (2 Crew Leaders, 1 Crew Member, and 1 Crew Member/Photographer) to complete our 2024 staff roster!!

Applicants must be available to work from May 20th through September 29th, 2024  

Please submit your application ASAP! We are looking to fill these positions by 2/15/24

  • 3-5 years minimum trail work experience preferred for Crew Leader positions 
  • 1-2 years minimum trail work experience preferred for Crew Member positions

Mount Elbert, Black Cloud Route : (**1 Crew Member/Photographer**)

This will mark the second and final season on the Black Cloud route up Colorado’s highest peak. The crew will primarily be working on a re-route above tree line, at 13,000ft. The objective is to install a more sustainable section of trail through a portion of currently existing fall line trail that is badly eroded. Additionally, some maintenance will be done to harden and stabilize portions of the existing trail that will not be re-routed. The work will be mostly new trail construction using full bench construction techniques, with some heavy maintenance on the existing trail. New full bench construction (70%), rock work (15%), and trail restoration (15%).

Mount Elbert, Northeast Ridge Route: (**1 Crew Leader**)

2024 will be the fourth and final year of this project. Work will focus on maintaining the existing trail by installing stone structures to stabilize the grade and prevent further soil and habitat loss. The work this season will focus on priority sections, all above tree line,  installing rock walls and rock staircases to improve trail conditions. Worksite locations will change throughout the season, but all sites will require at least a 2-mile hike from the basecamp with significant elevation gain. The work will be highly technical in nature, using dry stone masonry techniques to construct a variety of structures, utilizing grip hoists to quarry material from long distances over steep and loose terrain. Work objectives from the CFI crew this season will be 90% stonework and 10% restoration. An 8 to 10-person Rocky Mountain Conservation Corps crew will also be working on the North Elbert project, supporting CFI with completing project objectives and goals. The conservation Corp’s primary focus this season will be installing gabion wire baskets (retention structures used when on-site building resources are limited), installing stone structures, and restoration.  

Mount Shavano – Crew Leaders & Members: (**High Shavano Crew ONLY - 1 Crew Leader & 1 Crew Member**)

2024 will mark the third year of the two separate major trail re-route projects. One will focus on full bench construction below tree line and the second will focus on building new trail above tree line, around 13,000 ft, with a variety of different stone structures. Both re-routes will be completed by two separate CFI crews with the low crew having some additional support from a Conservation Corps crew. Both crews will be backcountry camping for the duration of the season while on hitch. Each crew will function completely independent of each other for the full duration of the season. This is two different projects happening simultaneously on the same peak. 



To Apply:

Carefully review the detailed position description https://www.14ers.org/employment/ for the job you are interested in pursuing to ensure you meet the minimum qualifications.  

APPLY ASAP! We are looking to fill these positions by 2/15/2024.

On our website, under the Employment page, you will find a link for the CFI online job application. 

Colorado Fourteeners Initiative is an equal opportunity employer. 

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category General / Stewardship, Outdoor Recreation, Restoration
Tags Trail Maintenance