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We are hiring a seasonal Trail Crew Lead!

Sitka Trail Works is seeking a Trail Crew Lead for this summer. The Crew Lead will be responsible for overseeing the Sitka Trail Works (STW) maintenance program, including volunteers and paid workers.  

About the Program: 

Sitka Trail Works has been hiring locals to support trail maintenance since 1997. This season’s trail crew is a new iteration and represents a reinvestment in taking care of what we have, based on feedback received from public engagement in the 2023 Sitka Trail Plan. The 2024 Sitka Trail Works Crew will focus on several high priority projects across the shared trail system, including Mosquito Cove, Indian River, Gavan Hill, among others. Opportunities also exist for remote multi-day trail work trips to Lake Eva, Sealion Cove, and elsewhere. In addition to the Crew Lead, STW will host crew members in partnership with Sitka Tribe of Alaska and Tlingit & Haida’s Youth Employment Program. 

Position Details: 

  • Dates: May-September, part vs. full time based on candidate interest
  • Compensation: $24-28/hour, dependent on experience

Responsibilities & Highlights: 

  • Assess trail conditions, scope projects, and coordinate logistics to implement maintenance  
  • Motivate and lead crew members in completing trail maintenance safely and efficiently 
  • Foster a positive and productive work environment, promoting teamwork and communication 
  • Lead the crew in performing tasks like tread repair, rock work, and stair and bridge construction 
  • Coordinate and lead volunteers trail work events  
  • Maintain STW shop and tools, monitoring inventory to be prepared for crew and volunteer work 
  • Prepare and submit reports to supervisors, including timesheets, project updates, and safety logs 
  • Participate in ongoing training to learn and share techniques with crew and volunteers 
  • Represent the crew and the organization professionally when interacting with the public or partner agencies 

Desired Qualities: 

  • You have experience in trail maintenance, including drainage control, tread construction, and water crossing structures 
  • You have expertise in chainsaw bucking and felling, USFS certification preferred 
  • You have supervised an outdoor crew 
  • You have respect for cultural tradition and an openness to learning 
  • You are flexible, patient, and willing to foster open and healthy communication 
  • You are willing to take initiative to resolve issues, make decisions, and be a leader 

Reports to: Ben Hughey, Executive Director 

To apply: Email a resume and short statement of interest to Feel free to email with questions as well! Applications due by April 8th.

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