Trail Crew Member

New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

Harriman, New York

Job Type AmeriCorps
Salary Details $4,500-$15,000 total (depending upon length of term)
Required Experience 0 - 1 years
Two 2022 Trail Crew Members


The Trail Conference Conservation Corps (TCCC) provides opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to become leaders in environmental conservation. Industry experts train our AmeriCorps crews in sustainable trail building, invasive species management, public outreach, volunteer engagement, and outdoor leadership to provide vital resources to the parks you enjoy. Corps Members will receive a living stipend for their service and are eligible for education awards through our partnership with AmeriCorps.


TCCC Trail Crews build and repair primitive trails to provide the public with safe, sustainable, and enjoyable access to nature. Projects typically entail soil excavation, quarrying and moving large rocks, and other manual labor to produce quality results that minimize long-term environmental impact. Each year, hundreds of thousands of users enjoy the trails our crews have built and restored. Members of the TCCC Trail Program will serve on crews of four to eight, building and renovating primitive trails alongside dynamic community volunteers. Projects typically entail intensive labor and site modification (soil excavation, quarrying and moving large rocks) to produce quality trails that minimize long-term environmental impact while providing safe and enjoyable access to the recreating public.  Thousands of hikers enjoy the trails our TCCC members have built and restored. 


One of several sites across New York’s Lower Hudson Valley: Harriman, Hudson Highlands, and Sterling Forest State Parks or locations in Northern New Jersey


(There are multiple options for service, but priority will be given to those who can serve 900 hours)

  • Three-Quarter Time (3QT): Minimum of 1,2000-hours service term, April 5th through November 17th 
  • Half-Time (HT): Minimum of 900-hours service term, May 11th through October 27th
  • Reduced Half Time (RHT): Minimum of 675-hours service term, May 24th through September 28th
  • Quarter Time (QT): Minimum of 450-hours service term; May 24th through August 18th

Work week is Wednesday through Sunday. Weekend work is required. Members must take a 1/2-hour lunch which does not count toward service hours. This outdoor position includes a variety of weather conditions. Members are required to wear a provided uniform.


(The Trail Conference greatly values the Corps Members’ experience, in parentheses are approximate values of the training and service that will be provided)

  • Free rustic, lakeside housing within Harriman State Park provided from May 9th-October 27th; Some work will be done outside of the above timeframe ($909 per month)
  • Bi-weekly pre-tax living allowance of:
    • 3QT: $937.50, or $15,000 total
    • HT: $750, or $9,000 total (returning members $833.33; $10,000 total)
    • RHT: $750, or $6750 total
    • QT: $750, or $4,500 total
  • Eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the term totaling:
    • 3QT: $4,546.50
    • HT: $3,247.50
    • RHT: $2,474.27
    • QT: $1,718.25
  • Certification in Wilderness First Aid/CPR/AED ($285) and Leave No Trace (Two Day Trainer Course $100)
  • Networking and career development opportunities with environmental professionals including one-on-one resume workshops ($250)
  • Training and experience in leadership, teaching, working with volunteers, public outreach, and teamwork
  • Gain trail building skills and experience including griphoist rigging, dry stone masonry and trail structures, rock drilling and splitting, tread and drainage, and design and layout
  • Opportunity for qualified student loan deferment and interest repayment
  • Eligible for SNAP benefits ($245.88 per month)
  • Travel stipend ($46 bi-weekly)
  • Total Approximate Value of Stipend, Education Award, and Services:
    • 3QT: $27,884.50
    • HT: $19,909.75 (returning members $20,909.75)
    • RHT: $14,556.77
    • QT: $10,366.88


  • Use hand and handheld power tools to build and maintain high quality hiking and multi-use trails and trail structures, including tread excavation for new and renovated routes, and building structures with native stone such as staircases and retaining walls
  • Help train, oversee, and motivate volunteers during weekend workdays, and host trail building skills workshops for the public
  • Assist Team Leader in documenting project accomplishments; take and participate in photos to document and promote crew efforts and achievements
  • Members may not engage in Prohibited Activities outlined in AmeriCorps Member Service Agreement


  • Willingness and ability to work outdoors in nature as part of a team to complete projects
  • Ability to conduct physically strenuous field work in rugged terrain including the ability to lift and carry heavy loads up to 50 pounds and hike 5 miles on uneven terrain, in all weather conditions
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a reliable personal vehicle


Go to https://www.nynjtc.org/corpsapplication to apply. Applications are accepted until the positions are filled.

For questions, email Conservation Corps Manager Tori Finn at vfinn@nynjtc.org.


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

Category General / Stewardship, Outdoor Recreation
Tags Conservation Corps, Trail Maintenance, Outreach