PTBA maintains this online list of available private, non-profit, and government trail-related job openings. Anyone offering a paid position can ask to list that position, and anyone can apply for that position regardless of their affiliation.
If you have an opening, you should first check our Employment Wanted list which lists many people looking for trail jobs. We encourage you to bookmark this page and check back frequently. Also, for great information on trail design and to meet many agency staff, check out PTBA’s upcoming Trailbuilders Conference.
Expiration dates on listings
If your position fills, please notify us so that we can remove your listing. Employment Available listings are removed after 4 months.
Current Employment Available
Florida Trail Association
Technical Adviser – seasonal
• Supervise and work alongside volunteer crews on a variety of projects on the Florida Trail
• Verify trail conditions as much as possible and notify Regional Representatives about access issues, safety concerns, threats, and changes to the trail • Teach excellent trail maintenance, construction, and crew leading skills
• Manage pre and post project logistics
• Ensure a high quality experience for volunteers on FTA projects
• Serve as a technical resource to agencies and partners in the areas of trail project management
• Oversee construction and maintenance of trail infrastructure
• Two years professional trail work experience or five years working alongside volunteers
• Able to teach, motivate, inspire, and learn from volunteers
• Exceptional trail maintenance, design, and construction skills
• Have a dependable personal vehicle
• Able to work effectively as part of a team
• Ability to solve problems, work independently and be resourceful
• Wilderness First Responder and CPR or higher certification
• Chainsaw class “B” or “C” operator
• Experience using GIS software and Trimble units
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
Technical Advisors are under the general supervision of FTA regional representatives. This position is non- traditional and requires field work as well as frequent weekend and overnight travel. The work area will include all regions of the Florida Trail.
Pay for this position is $600/wk, paid bi-weekly. Housing options are available at no cost, and vary by project location—from furnished bunkhouses to front country campsites.
12 month AmeriCorps Trail Crew leader
Location Counties Across Iowa
Become a member of the DNR Keepers of the Land AmeriCorps Trail Crew! Restore and maintain trails in Iowa’s state parks. Live and work on site. Provide leadership to the summer trail crew. This position requires performing a variety of skilled and semi-skilled maintenance and technical tasks which include the following responsibilities;
• Build erosion control structures such as pedestrian bridges, boardwalks, retaining walls, and staircases using a wide range of materials.
• Safely operate and maintain tools and equipment.
• Restore native ecosystems and prairies.
• Provide leadership to the summer trail crew.
• Design and implement AmeriCorps community service projects.
• Generate and organize volunteers.
• Provide disaster relief as necessary.Trail Crew life is both challenging and rewarding. Our members have the opportunity to job shadow and collaborate with DNR specialists, camp in Iowa state parks, and work outdoors!Full time positions are available. AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance and an education award upon successful completion of service.See full description for more information.Full time positions run from Sept/Oct 2015 through Aug/Sept 2016Living Stipend: $12,700 divided and paid every two weeks during a 12 month term of service – $5,550 education award at successful completion of contract.Post Close Date August 18, 2015
The Student Conservation Association
Indiana Dunes Native Plant Team – Project Leader
• Ensure successful, quality, and timely work for a five person team.
• Guide crew dynamics and facilitate teamwork
• Actively manage project/member risk to maintain a safe work environmentTechnical Advisor:
• Assist in the technical skills training of corps members
• Manage the quality & technique of work performed
• Promote leadership development within team and evaluate success & potentialPartnership Representative:
• Manage relationship with agency partner
• Work collaboratively with agency on program logistics
• Ensure successful and timely completion of work projectProgram Administrator:
• Communicate with SCA field support staff
• Complete required program reporting and documentation
• Manage budget and necessary purchasing for crew and project
• Ensure compliance with all SCA Risk Management policies & proceduresQualifications:
• Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
• Must have ability to legally work in the US
• Infectious passion for working outdoors in all weather
• Prior experience supervising long term volunteer groups in an outdoor setting.
• Experience working with young adults (18-25)
• Experience with invasive plant management, i.e. landscaping, gardening, seed collection, invasive plant removal, and plant ID.
• Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day, exposed to the elements and must occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more
• Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required
• Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards
Desired Skill Set:
• Current Wilderness First Aid or higher/CPR
• Previous work in conservation corps, environmental field work, or environmental education.
• Experience with herbicide use and backpack sprayers.
• S212 chainsaw certification, or Game of Logging certificationCompensation based on skills and experience, starting at $545/week
Irvine Ranch Conservancy
Field Operating Assistant
Working with the Conservancy team and other partners, the Field Operations Assistant implements daily on-the-ground operations and facilities maintenance projects and may assist with community access programs on IRC-managed lands. These activities will include but are not limited to trail maintenance, fire/fuels management, mowing, hand-held weed abatement, brush trimming, exotic species control (including herbicide application), facilities maintenance, posting/maintenance of signage, planting/care of trail-side native plants, and on occasion guiding volunteer work days. Other duties may include assistance with species monitoring and research and serving as lead for small preserve management work teams. The Field Operations Assistant will provide ongoing support and coordination with Rangers, Open Space Patrols or Police Departments engaged in patrolling, monitoring and code enforcement of the wildlands, but does not engage in direct enforcement actions. The Field Operations Assistant must be capable of effectively managing a wildland/urban interface, including maintaining good relationships with neighbors and public users and enlisting their support for appropriate stewardship of the wildlands, field operations activities, and general reserve management.
- High school diploma and three to five years related experience.
- Successful job related experience in:
– Field operations in areas with sensitive natural resources and high demands for public access and recreation.
– Methods and equipment utilized in trail and landscape maintenance, erosion control, fencing and gate maintenance, weed abatement, sign maintenance, and facilities maintenance (kiosks, benches, etc…).
– Leading and supervising public volunteer work groups.
- Completion of “Program Leadership Training” as provided by IRC during first year of employment (unless previously completed).
- Familiarity with the biological systems, flora and fauna of the region, including the planting/care of trail-side native plants.
- Experience managing multiple projects and timelines.
- Experience in safe use and maintenance of field tools and maintenance equipment, especially trail maintenance equipment (mowers, trimmers, leaf-blowers, etc….)
- Ability to obtain/maintain necessary licenses or certifications such as first aid, CPR, herbicide application, specialized driver’s license.
- Computer, Microsoft Office and Google platform familiarity desired, including the ability to create and update text/spreadsheet documents.
Field Team Member
Purpose: The MCC provides community service opportunities and career training for those interested in pursuing a career in natural resources. Members serve Maine’s communities, participate in the AmeriCorps program, and gain hands-on experience.Location: Training typically takes place in the Hallowell area; field work is conducted throughout MaineTime Commitment:
• June 17th – August 14th or August 18th to November 13, 2015
• 300 hours or 450 hours of service is required.
• 40 hours a week, overnights requiredQualifications:
• Must be eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award
• High School diploma
• Must be at least 18 years old
• Must be a US Citizen
• Must submit to criminal and sex offender background checksEssential Functions:
• Have the ability to live and perform strenuous work under challenging conditions
• Have the desire to learn, serve others, and make a difference
• Ability to perform tasks as part of a cooperative team
• Follows directions
• Non-judgmental attitude and sensitivity to others
• Responsible and reliable
• Interest in personal growth and in participating in on-going trainingDesired Functions:
• Good communication skills
• Excellent work ethic
• Possesses motivation and initiative
• Build new trails and rehabilitate existing trails, such as:
o Build structures (bridges, wooden ladders, retaining walls, etc.)
o Construct with rock (waterbars, retaining walls, causeways, stone steps)
o Clear trails (cut and haul brush, dig to mineral soil, pull stumps, etc.)
o Other treadway work (crush rock, haul gravel)
• Represent the MCC and the host site organization in a professional and supportive manner.
• Adhere to the MCC drug free workplace policy.
• Complete all paperwork in a thorough and timely manner, including submission of timesheets and other forms required by the MCC.
• Develop and use leadership skills in roles within the team and with volunteers.
• Live cooperatively with other members during training and service sessions. Willingly perform joint living tasks, such as cooking and cleaning and maintaining hygiene (Not to be counted as direct service hours).Training Provided:
• Attend training, such as: orientation to the MCC and AmeriCorps, First Aid and CPR, Leave No Trace, communication, conflict resolution, diversity, introduction to trail tools and safety standards.Benefits:
• Stipend of $260 per week (less taxes)
• Health Insurance
• $1,195 or $1,493 AmeriCorps Education Award
• Student Loan Forbearance (if eligible)
• State Park Pass
• Housing during training and orientation (during service days only)Application Deadline for August Start: Thursday, July 2, 2015
Application Deadline for June State: Wednesday, June 10, 2015For more information and to download an application off the MCC website:
Central/South Regional Representative
Full Time Permanent
Application Deadline: June 30, 2015
Hire Date: August 30, 2015
Salary: 35-45k DOE + Healthcare Benefits
Location: Melbourne, FLPosition Summary:
The position is under general supervision of the Trail Program Director. The Regional Representative will focus on coordinating successful trail management, protection, and volunteer work on the Florida National Scenic Trail within the Central and Southern Florida regions. The individual will work with diverse groups of volunteers in order to build sustainable trail stewardship programs. He or she will be responsible for building collaborative partnerships with volunteers and agency personnel within the region. The Regional Representative will need to work closely and communicate proactively with land management agencies and volunteers on a regular basis. It will be important for this person to be able to effectively prioritize and follow through on the implementation of regional projects, which may span over multiple years. He or she will identify, engage, and respond to external planning efforts that could have an effect on the trail corridor. The Regional Representative will gather information on the physical trail, local features, and work to ensure optimal routing of the Florida Trail in perpetuity. He or she will carry out tangible work intended to permanently protect the Florida Trail in accordance with the values outlined in the National Trails System Act and the Comprehensive Management Plan.Please See the Attached Position Announcement for full job description
Please email letter of interest, resume, salary history, and three professional references to Janet Ackerson at email@example.com. This position will remain open until filled. Candidates adhering to submission deadlines will be given preference. Highly qualified candidates will be selected for a phone interview. Final candidates will be selected for in-person panel interviews.Electronic submissions are preferred and must be sent by 11:59 p.m. June 30th, 2015. Hard copies will be accepted and must be postmarked by June 19th, 2015 and sent to:Florida Trail Association
Attn: Janet Akerson
5415 SW 13th St.
Gainesville, FL 32608
• Prepares trail proposals
• GPS trail alignment with pin flagging
• Understanding of grade, sustainable alignment and provide trail lay out