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Trail Crew Members needed for Conservation Corps at Valley Forge National Historic Site

Job Details

  • Date Posted: March 24, 2021
  • Location: , Valley Forge, PA
  • Company: Appalachian Mountain Club
  • Job Type: Seasonal
  • Salary: $15/hour
  • Housing Offered: Yes
  • Experience: 0-2 yrs

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  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: 603-466-2721
  • , Valley Forge, PA
  • $15/hour

Appalachian Mountain Club

Appalachian Mountain Club

Location: Valley Forge National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
Job Dates: May 10, 2021 – August 13th, 2021
Pay: $15/hour

Hiring Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, starting in January. Interviews are held beginning in February.

Summary Description:

Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. The Roving Conservation Trail Crew Leader works to protect and restore natural resources and the environment through high quality trail work. The leader will supervise and manage a 5-person crew that is made up of conservation-minded and energetic people with diverse backgrounds. The crew spends five days or ten days at a time working on reconstruction projects.

There will be a variety of projects including installing drainage structures and check steps in addition to building a 30 foot steel I-beam bridge. Housing and food is provided for days-on and days-off at a cost of $45/week and will be a house shared by the crew. All tools required for the job will be provided.

The AMC is a member of the 21 Century Conservation Corps and is a proud partner of The Corps Network. The Corps Network is the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps. The AMC is one of 130 Corps across the country that provides young adults and veterans the opportunity to serve our country through projects on public lands and in rural and urban communities.

The Appalachian Mountain Club values diversity, equity and inclusion. We are working to create a team that is representative of the student populations that we serve and thus welcome hardworking individuals from all backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities.

AMC welcomes all candidates to apply and we invite the full participation of all individuals currently underrepresented in the outdoor community. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals from racially and or ethnically diverse communities, individuals with disabilities, individuals from LGBTQ+ communities, and individuals who experience intersectionality with one or more of these identities.


  • Coordinate and support a crew of 3 to 4 trail crew members to ensure a safe working environment and quality trail work in the field
  • Perform basic trail maintenance as well as heavy reconstructive trail work including but not limited to: trail relocation, tread hardening, rock construction (waterbars and staircases) and timber structures (bog bridges and waterbars)
  • Foster a spirit of cooperation, safety, teamwork, and responsible stewardship
  • Plan menus, order food, and assist in the preparation of meals for the crew
  • Serve as the primary responder/coordinator in the event of an emergency
  • Communicate regularly with Trails Program staff to obtain feedback and suggestions
  • Assist with maintenance of tools and equipment, and program facility as needed
  • Ability to drive AMC passenger vehicles and pickup trucks
  • Represent and support the efforts of the AMC in a professional and supportive manner to the public and cooperating agencies


  • Must be a minimum of 18 years old by start date, no exceptions.
  • Ability to work under varying conditions.
  • Ability to set goals, prioritize tasks, assign roles to a group, assess needs and manage tasks simultaneously
  • Strong self-motivation and communication skills
  • Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to carry heavy loads (50+ lbs.) for long distances over rugged terrain.
  • Hand- and power-tool training and familiarity.
  • Commitment to backcountry and front-country stewardship and Leave No Trace ethics
  • Commitment to professionalism.
  • Good judgment, communication, and problem-solving skills.
  • Commitment to creating equitable, inclusive, and culturally relevant outdoor learning experiences.
  • Commitment to creating equitable and inclusive environment for all of AMC’s guests, employees, and constituents.
  • Must have safe driving record and practices, subject to verification through a driver's license history check.

Desired Skills:

  • Commitment to resource and trail protection efforts.
  • Trail Work experience and knowledge
  • Hand- and power-tool training and familiarity, preferred.
  • Wilderness First Aid certification or higher

To apply, visit link below & complete application:

The Appalachian Mountain Club has zero tolerance for child abuse or placing children in danger. The AMC requires all employees who work in a program or facility which serves children, disabled persons or the elderly to have a criminal background record check performed on their name annually with employment contingent upon satisfactory results.

The AMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in the workplace. The AMC encourages the involvement of all people in its mission and activities, through its membership, programs, policies and procedures. Our goal is to be a community that is comfortable, inviting and accessible for people of any age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. Join us!