Trail Crew Member

Sustainable Trail Design

Lake City, Colorado

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $24-$29/hr DOE
Deadline Jul 31, 2024

SUSTAINABLE TRAIL DESIGN is hiring one Backcountry Trail Crew Member available to start immediately!

Spend your summer working in the awe-inspiring San Juan mountains of Colorado! Sustainable Trail Design is currently seeking applicants for one Crew Leader position and three Crew Member positions to implement heavy maintenance work on two separate projects for the 2024 season. Both of these awesome projects are located in the remote, and beautiful Uncompahgre Wilderness within the GMUG National Forests.

These are challenging positions based in Colorado’s rugged backcountry. All positions require a strong trail work skillset; conservation ethic; excellent leadership skills; the ability to work as part of a team and a desire to work in a challenging yet beautiful backcountry setting.

Sustainable Trail Design has two heavy maintenance projects planned for the 2024 season. A 4-person professional trail crew will be responsible for completing all assigned objectives on both projects All work hitches will be based out of a backcountry basecamp. Projects require hiking up to 10+ miles a day at altitude, along with carrying heavy hand tools and gear/equipment regularly, and performing strenuous manual labor.

Come and join the Sustainable Trail Design team this summer!

Position runs through late September OR early October.

TRAIL CREW MEMBER ($24.00 - $29.00/hr. + $30/day per diem)

Crew Members will work under the direction of their Crew Leader to complete all project objectives outlined by Sustainable Trail Design. Crew members will work under the direction of their Crew Leader. As a Crew Member on a professional trail crew a high level of productivity will be expected along with being held to a high-quality standard of the work produced. Sustainable Trail Design is seeking individuals who work well both independently and as a member of team with minimal supervision.

Work schedule is eight days on, six days off. Working ten-hour days. Some overtime could be possible and will be compensated at time and a half though not guaranteed. These projects will require large amounts of hiking each hitch, regularly using crosscuts and/or Katana Boy saws to clear blowdowns, and lots of dirt work involving cutting tread and maintaining and/or installing drainage structures, along with other trail work tasks.

Those that are strong hikers, have experience/enjoy cutting new bench, and possess the desire to challenge themselves are encouraged to apply. 2+ seasons of trail work experience preferred. However, all applicants will be considered, especially those with a positive attitude, the desire to learn, and the desire to challenge themselves.

Crew Member responsibilities include:

  • Helping cultivate a healthy, productive, safe, and efficient work environment for their crew
  • Bringing a positive attitude with them to work everyday
  • Bringing excellent communication skills to the crew
  • Showing up to work daily with the desire to learn and challenge themselves
  • The ability to perform strenuous and/or technical challenging tasks both independently or as part of a team
  • Moving efficiently through each assigned task to maximize productivity while producing high-quality work in timely manner
  • Successfully performing a wide variety of physically challenging trail work related tasks at high elevations in extreme environments for eight consecutive days at a time (Sustainable Trail Design Crew Members will be expected to work in all weather conditions rain, snow, wind, sun, etc)

Hourly wage range is $24-$29/hour plus $30/day per diem. Pay is based on experience.


Please email a cover letter AND resume to sustainabletraildesign@gmail.com

Any additional inquires should be directed there as well.

We are looking to fill this position ASAP!!


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Category General / Stewardship, Outdoor Recreation
Tags Trail Maintenance