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Thank you for your interest in joining the Green Mountain Club’s hundred-year legacy of maintaining and protecting Vermont’s Long Trail System! Each year we employ 30 to 40 seasonal field staff members as Backcountry Caretakers and on Trail Crews.

All field staff must be 18 years of age before their first day of employment. All positions require living in the woods for at least five days at a time with two days off a week. Many staff positions require working weekends. Most positions run from late May through mid-October, with some staff turnover in mid-August.

Housing is provided free of charge to active field staff members, either at “The Back Forty” near the GMC Headquarters in Waterbury Center or at our satellite housing in Danby, VT. All days-off housing is communal, with shared sleeping quarters, kitchens and bathrooms. All staff must sign a Housing Policy Agreement and participate in periodic all-staff cleaning days to utilize these options.


Why work for the GMC?

“Every day your impact as an environmental steward is tangible in the forms of decreased trail erosion and increased appreciation for non-human entities.  Every interaction on the trail is a chance to educate and be educated.  The Green Mountain Club does so much more than provide a paycheck.”
-Marla, GMC Caretaker 2015-2018

Each year we employ 30 to 40 seasonal field staff members.

Season Dates:

Full Season: May 31 - October 13
Summer: May 31 - August 11
Fall: August 7 - October 13

Lead roles start May 8 and end October 20, with some flexibility if needed.
Assistant Lead roles start May 22 and end August 11 (summer) or October 13 (full season).


Backcountry CaretakerSummer and/or Fall
Ridgerunner -- Summer and/or Fall
Assistant Lead Caretaker – Full Season
Lead Caretaker -- Full Season
Caretaker Supervisor -- Full Season (start date ASAP!)
Trail Crew Lead – Full Season
Trail Crew Assistant Lead – Summer and/or Fall
Trail Crew MemberSummer and/or Fall
Volunteer Trail Crew Assistant Lead – Summer

The GMC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, place of birth, age, disability, health coverage status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. The GMC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Authorization to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment at the GMC. Feel free to contact Nigel Bates at nbates@greenmountainclub.org with specific questions.

  • Trail Crew Lead

    Field Staff
    Waterbury Center
    $800.00 / week

    Green Mountain Club Trail Crews have been building and maintaining stretches of the Long Trail system and Appalachian Trail since 1931. Vermont’s hiking trails can be rugged, wet, and rocky, and our professional crews take on our biggest, most technical, and most challenging projects! The Crew Leads work closely with the Trail Crew Supervisor and Field Coordinator to scout and plan work projects in late spring, and to handle project logistics throughout the work season. Role models of dedication and sound judgement, Crew Leads guide and instruct their crews as they work hard, have fun, and forge a strong and positive community. We seek to create a more welcoming trail crew culture unconstrained by tradition, and want Crew Leads who share this goal.

    The focus of the GMC Trail Crews is to work on heavily damaged sections of trail throughout Vermont that require intensive repair or rebuilding. Projects are almost entirely backcountry-based, and most involve technical stone work. Work may require power tools including impact drivers, rock drills, chainsaws, and brush cutters. Our crews build staircases, turnpike, bridges, waterbars, and stepping stones to name just a few examples.

    Crews consist of a Crew Lead, an Assistant Lead, and three Crew Members. Monday through Thursday nights crews camp near their work sites and share a communal camp kitchen, as well as camp chores. Crew members provide their own personal camping gear and food. The GMC provides transportation to the work site, safety equipment, tools, and some group equipment (stove, cook-ware, first-aid supplies). Communal day-off housing is available in Waterbury Center or Danby, VT based on project locations.

    Locations:
    Trail crews work all over the Vermont Long Trail, Appalachian Trail, and side trails. Crews may camp out for a single week on short projects, then return to another campsite many times on multi-week projects.

    Position dates:
    Full Season: May 8 - October 20 (Preferred)
    Summer Only: May 8 - August 11
    Some start/end date flexibility may be allowed.

    Schedule: Monday – Friday, camping at work site Monday – Thursday nights
    Compensation: $800/week, plus housing
    Benefits: Housing provided, Wilderness First Aid Class provided, Retirement (403b) employer matching, eligible for prodeal discounts. Leads may have opportunity for other trainings including Chainsaw, crosscut, and rigging for stone work.

    Crew Lead Responsibilities:

    • Guide Assistant Lead and 3-4 crew members on trail construction and maintenance projects.
    • Work with Trail Crew Supervisor and Field Coordinator to scout and plan work projects.
    • Set weekly work schedules to efficiently complete project goals.
    • Complete weekly work logs and reports.
    • Oversee weekly cleaning and maintenance of project tools and camp supplies
    • Develop and foster healthy working relationships with and between all members of crew.
    • Maintain high standards of work and safety in a range of weather conditions.
    • Use trail tools in accordance with GMC safety protocol and comply with personal protective equipment requirements at all times.
    • Implement and model Leave No Trace practices at project work site and at camp.
    • Maintain a clean, safe, and operational tool storage facility at GMC Headquarters.
    • Ensure safe and responsible operation of GMC vehicles and conduct weekly vehicle checks.
    • Act as GMC on-site liaison with agency partners, including the U.S. Forest Service and Vermont Forest, Parks, and Recreation.
    • Assist with Monday morning group cleaning of staff housing.
    • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

    Crew Leader Qualifications:

    • Valid Driver’s License required
    • Wilderness First Aid certification required (class available free-of-charge during training); WFR preferred (re-certification available free-of-charge during training)
    • Knowledge of Leave No Trace principles (training provided during orientation)
    • Extensive experience with trail building tools and basic power tools
    • Extensive trail building and maintenance skills
    • Experience in leadership positions, preferably in trail work or outdoor education
    • Comfort and experience instructing others in diverse work environments
    • Ability to problem-solve independently and collaboratively in the backcountry
    • Ability to adhere to weekly work schedules and flexibility to adjust schedules as required by project developments
    • Strong backcountry living skills, including cooking and waste management
    • Experience working with agency and project partners
    • Physical Requirements:
      • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds at a time
      • Ability to be on foot for prolonged periods of time, including hiking several miles with a heavy pack
      • Ability to perform difficult manual labor and to carry heavy loads as a regular part of the workday

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  • Caretaker Supervisor

    Field Staff
    Waterbury Center
    $800.00 / week

    Green Mountain Club field staff are supported by two Field Supervisors: one supporting trail crews, and the other supporting the Backcountry Caretaker program. The Field Supervisors are critical to the annual success of the GMC Field Program, serving as the bridge between year-round staff at the GMC headquarters and the seasonal field staff implementing projects on the trail.

    The Caretaker Supervisor supervises 15-20 seasonal Backcountry Caretakers stationed throughout the Long Trail System. Caretakers live in the woods 4 nights a week, stationed at public overnight shelters and campsites on the Long Trail. The daily duties of a caretaker are divided between trail maintenance, site maintenance (including composting human waste), and hiker education. Please read the Backcountry Caretaker position description for a more detailed description of the caretaker role. 

    The Caretaker Supervisor will work closely with the Director of Field Programs, Field Coordinator, and seasonal Lead Caretakers to scout and plan work projects in late spring, and to handle project logistics throughout the season. The Caretaker Supervisor ensures a fluid field season through facility and gear management, training, supervision, and management and logistical support for the caretaker program. Position duties are split approximately 50-50 between the office and the field.

    The Caretaker Supervisor should bring a depth of experience in public outreach, environmental education, trail maintenance, backcountry waste management, seasonal staff supervision, backpacking, and outdoor living.

    We desire to create a more welcoming outdoor professional culture unconstrained by tradition, and seek a Supervisor who shares this goal.

    Location:
    The Caretaker Supervisor is based out of GMC headquarters in Waterbury Center, VT. This position will require frequent travel to visit caretakers in the field, including occasional overnight trips.

    Position Dates: Mid February - November (some start and end date flexibility available)
    Schedule: Generally Monday-Friday, although weekend work may be required on occasion
    Compensation: $800/week
    Benefits: Employer matching retirement account (403b), Wilderness First Aid class provided. Field Supervisors will have opportunity for other trainings such as chainsaw and crosscut.

    Caretaker Supervisor Responsibilities:

    • Personnel Management and Logistical Support  
      • Assist with staff hiring as needed 
      • Review caretaker work reports
      • Complete end-of-season internal and external reporting
      • Oversee backcountry human waste management throughout the Long Trail System
      • Support caretakers through advance materials planning, acquisition, and delivery for work projects
    • Supervision  
      • Regularly visit caretakers in the field to teach and reinforce skills, support personnel needs, provide feedback, and ensure project progress and quality
      • Conduct weekly check-ins with Lead Caretakers to support their leadership of staff in the field
    • Facility and Gear Management  
      • Maintain an inventory of sharp, handled, ready to work tools and camping gear to support field staff
      • Serve as the main bridge of communication between seasonal field staff and year-round GMC staff and partners regarding day-off housing use, maintenance, and logistics
    • Training  
      • Work with Field Programs staff to plan and implement preseason caretaker training
      • Coordinate orientation for fall caretakers, including shadowing in the field
      • Deliver follow-up trainings in the field throughout the season
    • General GMC Field Program Support 
      • Attend weekly field program meetings with Field Program leadership staff
      • Coordinate with GMC Field Program office staff on all aspects of the field program implementation
      • Work with GMC Volunteer Program to facilitate connections among field staff and volunteer trail maintainers
      • All other duties as assigned

    Caretaker Supervisor Qualifications:  

    • Valid Driver’s License 
    • Wilderness First Aid certification required (class available free-of-charge during training); WFR preferred (recertification available free-of-charge during training)
    • Extensive environmental and/or outdoor education experience
    • Experience maintaining hiking trails with hand tools
    • Experience with backcountry human waste management techniques
    • Experience in leadership positions, preferably in trail work or outdoor education 
    • Comfort and experience instructing others in diverse work environments 
    • Strong backcountry living skills 
    • Ability to problem-solve independently and collaboratively in both office and backcountry settings
    • Some flexibility to adjust schedule as required by project developments 
    • Ability to perform difficult manual labor and to carry heavy loads as a regular part of the work day
    • Ability to live independently and work in a remote area with little supervision
    • Experience using Microsoft Office, email, and videoconferencing software
    • Knowledge of Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics 
    • Basic knowledge of Long Trail/Appalachian Trail system

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  • Lead Caretaker

    Field Staff
    Waterbury Center
    $735.00 / week

    (Please read Backcountry Caretaker position description as well).

    The Southern Lead Caretaker is responsible for supervising a crew of 4-5 caretakers and ridgerunners on the Green Mountain National Forest in Southern Vermont.

    Duties are divided between trail maintenance, hiker education, developing crew skills, managing crew schedules, tool needs, ongoing projects, and more. Caretakers are NOT rangers; you’ll teach and employ friendly education and stewardship techniques in order to encourage safe, low-impact hiking practices and to protect the trail.

    The Southern Lead Caretaker is supervised by the Caretaker Supervisor and the Field Coordinator.

    Trail and Site Maintenance:

    Lead Caretakers will oversee and teach trail maintenance in their range. This work will include repairing drainage structures, cutting blowdowns, installing puncheon, and repainting signs and blazes. You will also maintain the shelters, privies, and trail structures within your range. Leads will become well-versed in backcountry waste management and provide oversight of the operation of composting outhouses.

    Hiker Education:

    Leads will teach and model positive hiker education about low-impact hiking practices and about fragile natural areas which support many rare and endangered species. Leads will promote an approach to education which is catered to each hiker and which relies on the authority of the resource, not the threat of punishment.

    Location:

    The Southern Lead Caretaker works on the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail within the Green Mountain National Forest. They will supervise three caretakers (Little Rock Pond, Griffith Lake, Stratton Pond), and one Killington Ridgerunner who maintains ~30 miles of trail and six shelters in the Killington Peak area. Lead Caretakers will generally spend nights at GMC-provided housing in Danby, but will camp overnight at caretaker sites, non-staffed sites, and in the backcountry as necessary.

    2023 Position Dates:
    May 8 – October 20. Some start/end date flexibility may be discussed.

    Schedule: Five days per week, typically including weekends. Camping on-site required four nights per week. Regular weekly schedule assigned at start of season.
    Compensation: $735/week, plus housing.
    Benefits: Housing provided, Wilderness First Aid class included with training, Retirement (403b) matching, eligible for pro deal gear discounts. Leads may have the opportunity for further trainings such as chainsaw or crosscut certification.

    Lead Backcountry Caretaker Responsibilities:

    Orientation:

    • Along with the Northern Lead Caretaker, Caretaker Supervisor, and Field Coordinator, plan and implement preseason caretaker training.
    • Assist with orientation for fall caretakers, including shadowing in the field.
    • Deliver follow-up training sessions in the field throughout the season.

    Field Work (~4 days/week):

    • Teach and oversee routine trail maintenance, including drain clearing, corridor trimming, blowdown removal, brushing in, blazing, sign installation, etc.
    • Maintain high standards of work and safety in a range of weather conditions.
    • Along with the Caretaker Supervisor, oversee composting operations in Southern Vermont. Help with starting and stirring composting runs as needed.
    • Plan and execute weekly group work days, to be used as opportunities to tackle larger projects, develop new skills, and/or relieve a caretaker’s trail work burden.
    • Participate in monthly farm work days at the Smokey House Center as a condition of housing onsite.
    • Occasionally spend the evening at a caretaker site, either to assist the caretaker there or to cover the site on a busy night when it would otherwise go unstaffed.
    • Encourage and model Leave No Trace practices and low impact behaviors on trails and at summits, ponds, camping areas, and backcountry shelters.
    • Serve as professional backcountry representative of the GMC, both as knowledge source and as behavioral role model.
    • Carry first aid kit and sufficient supplies to travel safely in the backcountry at all times.
    • Voluntarily participate in Search and Rescue operations.

    Administrative Work (~1 day/week):

    • Compile and submit weekly use data from caretakers.
    • Coordinate weekly schedules for crew, including group work projects.
    • Coordinate communication with and among crew.
    • Develop healthy and supportive working relationships with and among crew.
    • Coordinate acquisition of supplies with crew and Caretaker Supervisor.
    • Maintain inventory of tools and equipment for each caretaker range, coordinating with Caretaker Supervisor for tool repair and replacement.
    • Maintain a positive working relationship with partners including the Forest Service and Smokey House Center.
    • Write formal End of Season report in October.
    • Assist with weekly cleaning of staff housing.
    • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

    Lead Backcountry Caretaker Qualifications:

    • Valid driver’s license required
    • Strong backpacking and outdoor skills
    • Ability to live independently and work in a remote area with little supervision
    • Comfort working multiple days outdoors in sometimes adverse weather conditions
    • Comfort with basic hand tools (trail maintenance training provided during orientation)
    • Knowledge of Leave No Trace principles (training provided during orientation)
    • Ability to effectively communicate with individuals and groups
    • Environmental and/or outdoor education experience
    • Basic knowledge of Long Trail/Appalachian Trail system
    • Wilderness First Aid certification (class available free-of-charge during orientation)
    • Must be willing to work weekends and holidays, these are the busiest days on trail!
    • Physical Requirements:
      • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds at a time
      • Ability to be on foot for prolonged periods of time, including hiking several miles with a heavy pack
      • Ability to perform difficult manual labor and to carry heavy loads as a regular part of the workday

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  • Volunteer Crew Assistant Lead

    Field Staff
    Waterbury Center
    $675.00 / week

    Please note this is a paid leadership position working with an all-volunteer Trail Crew.

    The Volunteer Trail Crew program is the link between the GMC professional field program and the thousands of volunteers who are the heart and soul of our GMC history and stewardship. Based out of Mt. Tabor Work Center in Southern Vermont, this volunteer trail crew consists of 4-8 rotating volunteers led by two GMC staff. In 2023 the Volunteer Trail Crew season will consist of seven 5-day hitches.

    Volunteer crews work on the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail on projects such as building puncheon, turnpikes, water bars, side-hill tread, and bridges. Most projects are in the Green Mountain National Forest, including some in federally designated wilderness areas. Participating volunteers have the option of working single or multiple weeks. 

    The Volunteer Crew Assistant Lead works closely with the Crew Lead, Trail Crew Supervisor and agency partners to scout and plan work projects before volunteers arrive. They also work with the GMC’s Volunteer Supervisor and Volunteer Coordinator to handle project logistics throughout the work season. Once the project begins, the Assistant Lead supports the Crew Lead in guiding the crew volunteers through a full work week. This includes packing into a work site, setting up camp, completing a multi-day trail project, cooperating on camp chores, and packing out. The Crew Lead and Assistant Lead must be a unified team to ensure an enjoyable season for the volunteers as well as an efficient project timeline.

    Volunteer trail crews spend five days and four nights in the field in most weather. They work with rock and lumber, as well as native timber as projects require. Friday through Monday nights crews camp near their work sites and share a communal camp kitchen, as well as camp chores. The Crew Lead and Assistant Leader are responsible for managing the crew’s meal budget, planning crew meals, shopping for crew groceries, and orienting volunteers to the project and GMC.

    Communal day-off housing is provided for the Assistant Lead in Danby, VT, which they share with other GMC field staff.

    GMC field staff provide their own personal camping gear, though GMC has some gear to loan staff. The GMC provides crew vehicles, food for the crew and staff during hitches, tools, personal protective equipment, and some group equipment (stove, fuel, cook-ware, first-aid supplies).

    2023 Position Dates: May 22 – August 11 (some flexibility may be discussed). Potential to transition to another field staff role for fall season.
    Schedule: Five-day work shifts include weekends. Camping at work site four nights per shift. Days off likely Wed-Thurs.
    Compensation: $675/week, plus housing for days off and meals during work week.

    Volunteer Assistant Lead Responsibilities:

    • Assist in leading rotating crew of 3-8 volunteers on trail construction and maintenance projects.
    • Scout work projects with Supervisors and Field Coordinator before crew season begins.
    • Participate in and potentially co-lead staff training with Supervisors and Trail Crew Leads.
    • Plan crew meals and meal budget in collaboration with Volunteer Supervisor.
    • Purchase groceries throughout season and keep orderly food storage system at Mt. Tabor.
    • Set weekly work schedules to efficiently complete project goals in collaboration with Volunteer Supervisor.
    • Assist with weekly work logs and formal End of Season work summary.
    • Oversee weekly cleaning and maintenance of project tools and camp supplies.
    • Develop and foster healthy working relationships with and between all members of crew.
    • Maintain high standards of work and safety in a range of weather conditions.
    • Instruct volunteers in trail-building and maintenance techniques and safe use of tools.
    • Instruct crew volunteers in backcountry safety and outdoor living skills.
    • Involve all crew volunteers in camp chores as equally as possible.
    • Implement and model Leave No Trace practices at project work site and at camp.
    • Responsible for maintaining a clean, safe, and operational tool storage facility at Mt. Tabor Work Center.
    • Ensure safe and responsible operation of GMC vehicles and conduct weekly vehicle checks.
    • Keep volunteer paperwork organized and confidential.
    • Act as GMC on-site liaison with agency partners, including the U.S. Forest Service and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
    • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

    Volunteer Assistant Lead Qualifications:

    • Valid Driver’s License required
    • Wilderness First Aid certification required (class available free-of-charge during training); WFR preferred (re-certification available free-of-charge during training)
    • Extensive trail building and maintenance skills
    • Extensive experience with trail building tools and basic power tools
    • Experience working directly with volunteers, especially supervisory experience
    • Strong backcountry living skills, including cooking and waste management
    • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to maintain positive attitude in high-stress situations
    • Ability to problem-solve independently and collaboratively in the backcountry
    • Ability to adhere to weekly work schedules and flexibility to adjust schedules as required by project developments
    • Ability to perform difficult manual labor and to carry heavy loads as a regular part of the work day
    • Must be able to work weekends

    APPLY HERE

  • Trail Crew Assistant Lead

    Field Staff
    Waterbury Center
    $675.00 / week

    Green Mountain Club Trail Crews have been building and maintaining stretches of the Long Trail system and Appalachian Trail since 1931. Vermont’s hiking trails can be rugged, wet, and rocky, and our professional crews take on our biggest, most technical, and most challenging projects! Assistant Leads work closely with their Crew Lead throughout the work season to manage a productive and positive crew experience. Role models of dedication and sound judgment, Assistant Leads guide and instruct their crews as they work hard, have fun, and forge a strong and positive community. We seek to create a more welcoming trail crew culture unconstrained by tradition, and want leadership who shares this goal.

    The focus of the GMC Trail Crews is to work on heavily damaged sections of trail throughout Vermont that require intensive repair or rebuilding. Projects are almost entirely backcountry-based, and most involve technical stone work. Work may require power tools including impact drivers, rock drills, chainsaws, and brush cutters. Our crews build staircases, turnpike, bridges, waterbars, and stepping stones to name just a few examples.

    Crews consist of a Crew Lead, an Assistant Lead, and three Crew Members. Monday through Thursday nights crews camp near their work sites and share a communal camp kitchen, as well as camp chores. Crew members provide their own personal camping gear and food. The GMC provides transportation to the work site, safety equipment, tools, and some group equipment (stove, cook-ware, first-aid supplies). Communal day-off housing is available in Waterbury Center or Danby, VT based on project locations.

    Locations:

    Trail crews work all over the Vermont Long Trail, Appalachian Trail, and side trails. Crews may camp out for a single week on short projects, then return to another campsite many times on multi-week projects.

    2023 Position Dates:
    Commitment to full season preferred. Some start date flexibility may be allowed.

    Full season: May 22 - October 13
    Summer: May 22 - August 11
    Fall: August 7 - October 13

    Schedule: Monday – Friday, camping at work site Monday – Thursday nights

    Compensation: $675/week, plus housing

    Benefits: Housing provided, Wilderness First Aid Class provided, Retirement (403b) employer matching, eligible for prodeal discounts. Assistant Leads may have opportunity for other trainings including Chainsaw, Crosscut, and rigging for stone work.

    Assistant Crew Lead Responsibilities:

    • Assist Crew Lead in leading a 3-4 crew members on trail construction and maintenance projects.
    • Collaborate in setting weekly work schedules to efficiently complete project goals.
    • Assist in completing weekly work logs and reports.
    • Oversee weekly cleaning and maintenance of project tools and camp supplies
    • Develop and foster healthy working relationships with and between all members of crew.
    • Maintain high standards of work and safety in a range of weather conditions.
    • Use trail tools in accordance with GMC safety protocol and comply with personal protective equipment requirements at all times.
    • Implement and model Leave No Trace practices at project work site and at camp.
    • Maintain a clean, safe, and operational tool storage facility at GMC Headquarters.
    • Ensure safe and responsible operation of GMC vehicles and conduct weekly vehicle checks.
    • Act as GMC on-site liaison with agency partners, including the U.S. Forest Service and Vermont Forest, Parks, and Recreation.
    • Assist with Monday morning group cleaning of staff housing.
    • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

    Assistant Crew Lead Qualifications

    • Valid Driver’s License required
    • Wilderness First Aid certification required (class available free-of-charge during training); WFR preferred (re-certification available free-of-charge during training)
    • Knowledge of Leave No Trace principles (training provided during orientation)
    • Experience with trail building tools and basic power tools
    • Minimum one season of trail work experience
    • Comfort and experience instructing others in diverse work environments
    • Ability to problem-solve independently and collaboratively in the backcountry
    • Ability to adhere to weekly work schedules and flexibility to adjust schedules as required by project developments
    • Strong backcountry living skills, including cooking and waste management
    • Physical Requirements:
      • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds at a time
      • Ability to be on foot for prolonged periods of time, including hiking several miles with a heavy pack
      • Ability to perform difficult manual labor and to carry heavy loads as a regular part of the workday

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  • Assistant Lead Caretaker

    Field Staff
    Waterbury Center
    $675.00 / week

    (Please read Backcountry Caretaker position description as well).

    As an Assistant Lead Caretaker, you are responsible for supervising a crew of 2-4 caretakers either on Mt. Mansfield or Camel's Hump. Assistant Leads work closely with the Northern Lead Caretaker and Caretaker Supervisor to oversee trail maintenance and public outreach on their assigned mountain.

    Duties are divided between trail maintenance, hiker education, developing crew skills, managing crew schedules, tool needs, ongoing projects, and more. Caretakers are NOT rangers; you'll teach and employ friendly education and stewardship techniques at the Green Mountains' most popular hiking areas in order to encourage safe, low-impact hiking practices and to protect the trail.

    Trail Maintenance:

    Assistant Lead Caretakers will oversee, teach, and perform trail maintenance in their range. This work will include repairing drainage structures, cutting blowdowns, installing puncheon, and repainting signs and blazes. You will also maintain the shelters, privies, and trail structures within your range. Assistant Leads will become well-versed in backcountry waste management and provide oversight of the operation of composting outhouses on their mountain. (Protective equipment is provided when working with human waste.)

    Hiker Education:

    Assistant Lead Caretakers will teach and model positive hiker education about low-impact hiking practices and about fragile natural areas which support many rare and endangered species. They will promote an approach to education that is catered to each hiker and that relies on the authority of the resource, not the threat of punishment.

    Assistant Leads must be comfortable spending 4 consecutive nights per week in the field, usually including weekends. These nights are generally split between a private state-owned cabin and public overnight sites on the Long Trail.

    Caretakers are responsible for their own food and transportation to/from the trailhead and days off. Green Mountain Club provides tents or shelters, stoves, stove fuel, tools, field guides, maps, and informational resources. Communal day-off housing is available in Waterbury Center, VT.

    2023 Position Dates: May 22 – October 13
    Commitment to full season strongly preferred. Some start/end date flexibility may be discussed.

    Schedule: Five days per week, typically including weekends. Camping on-site required four nights per week. Regular weekly schedule assigned at start of season.
    Compensation: $675/week, plus housing.
    Benefits: Housing provided, Wilderness First Aid class included with training, Retirement (403b) matching, eligibility for pro deal gear discounts. Assistant Leads may have the opportunity for further trainings such as chainsaw or crosscut certification.

    Assistant Lead Caretaker Responsibilities:

    • Oversee and support a crew of caretakers in their regular duties.
    • Oversee maintenance of backcountry facilities, including privies.
    • Maintain 10-15 miles of hiking trails using hand tools.
    • Coordinate communication with and among crew via cell phone and/or radio.
    • Assist the Northern Lead Caretaker in creating a weekly work schedule for the mountain.
    • Develop healthy and supportive working relationships with and between crew.
    • Maintain high standards of work and safety in a range of weather conditions.
    • Educate hikers about fragile ecosystems at high-use sites along the Long Trail.
    • Coordinate acquisition of supplies with Lead Caretaker and Field Supervisor.
    • Staff overnight sites as needed, acting as knowledge resource for backpackers and encouraging minimal impact camping practices.
    • Write formal End of Season report summarizing accomplishments on the mountain.
    • Encourage and model Leave No Trace practices and low impact behaviors on trails and at summits, camping areas, and backcountry shelters.
    • Serve as professional backcountry representative of the GMC, both as knowledge source and as behavioral role model.
    • Carry first aid kit and sufficient supplies to travel safely in the backcountry at all times.
    • Voluntarily participate in Search and Rescue operations.
    • Assist with weekly cleaning of staff housing.
    • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

    Assistant Lead Caretaker Qualifications:

    • Valid driver's license and access to personal transportation required
    • Strong backpacking and outdoor skills
    • Ability to live independently and work in a remote area with little supervision
    • Comfort working multiple days outdoors in sometimes adverse weather conditions
    • Comfort with basic hand tools (trail maintenance training provided during orientation)
    • Knowledge of Leave No Trace principles (training provided during orientation)
    • Ability to effectively communicate with individuals and groups
    • Environmental and/or outdoor education experience preferred
    • Basic knowledge of Long Trail/Appalachian Trail system
    • Wilderness First Aid certification (class available free-of-charge during orientation)
    • Must be willing to work weekends and holidays, these are the busiest days on trail!
    • Physical Requirements:
      • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds at a time
      • Ability to be on foot for prolonged periods of time, including hiking several miles with a heavy pack
      • Ability to perform difficult manual labor and to carry heavy loads as a regular part of the workday

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  • Trail Crew Member

    Field Staff
    Waterbury Center
    $600.00 / week

    Green Mountain Club Trail Crews have been building and maintaining stretches of the Long Trail system and Appalachian Trail since 1931. Vermont’s hiking trails can be rugged, wet, and rocky and our professional crews take on the trails’ biggest, most technical, and most challenging projects!

    The focus of the GMC Trail Crews is to work on heavily damaged sections of trail throughout Vermont that require intensive repair or rebuilding. Projects are almost entirely backcountry-based, and most involve technical stone work. Our crews build staircases, turnpike, bridges, waterbars, and stepping stones to name just a few examples. Green Mountain Club trail crews work hard, have fun, and forge a strong community. We seek to create a more welcoming trail crew culture unconstrained by tradition.

    Crews consist of a Crew Lead, an Assistant Lead, and three or four Crew Members. Crews work Monday through Friday in the field in all weather. Monday through Thursday nights crews camp near their work sites and share a communal camp kitchen, as well as camp chores. Crew members provide their own personal camping gear and food. The GMC provides transportation to the work site, personal protective equipment, tools, and some group equipment (stove, cook-ware, first-aid supplies). Communal day-off housing is available in Waterbury Center or Danby, VT based on project locations.

    Locations:

    Trail crews work all over the Vermont Long Trail, Appalachian Trail, and side trails. Crews may camp out for a single week on short projects, then return to another campsite many times on multi-week projects.

    2023 Position Dates:
    Commitment to full season preferred
    Full season: May 31 - October 13
    Summer: May 31 - August 11
    Fall: August 7 - October 13

    Schedule: Monday – Friday, camping at work site Monday – Thursday nights
    Compensation: $600/week, plus housing
    Benefits: Housing provided, Wilderness First Aid class provided, Retirement (403b) employer matching, eligible for prodeal discounts.

    Crew Member Responsibilities:

    • Complete trail maintenance and construction projects on hiking trails throughout Vermont as part of 4- or 5-person crew.
    • Use trail tools in accordance with GMC safety protocol and comply with personal protective equipment requirements at all times.
    • Perform weekly cleaning and maintenance of trail tools and camp gear.
    • Share equal responsibilities in camp duties such as cooking, cleaning, and food storage.
    • Maintain high standards of work in a range of weather conditions, including adverse conditions.
    • Work in a professional and respectful manner with crew leader and fellow crew members.
    • Utilize Leave No Trace practices while working and in camp.
    • Serve as a backcountry representative of the GMC in interactions with the public as well as through behavior and backcountry practices.
    • Assist with Monday morning group cleaning of staff housing.

    Crew Member Qualifications

    • Trail building and maintenance skills preferred (training provided during orientation)
    • Experience with hand tools and basic power tools
    • Ability to perform difficult manual labor and to carry heavy loads as a regular part of the workday
    • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well as a member of a small group
    • Strong backcountry living skills
    • Experience working in small groups on focused projects
    • Friendly and professional attitude towards hiking public
    • Knowledge of Leave No Trace principles preferred (training provided during orientation)
    • Wilderness First Aid Certification (class available free-of-charge during orientation)
    • Physical Requirements:
      • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds at a time
      • Ability to be on foot for prolonged periods of time, including hiking several miles with a heavy pack
      • Ability to perform difficult manual labor and to carry heavy loads as a regular part of the workday
  • Ridgerunner

    Field Staff
    Waterbury Center
    $600.00 / week

    (Please also read the Backcountry Caretaker position description. Ridgerunner positions are very limited; consider applying for Caretaker as well.)

    Green Mountain Club Ridgerunners perform routine trail maintenance and manage waste along highly trafficked sections of the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail in southern Vermont. Ridgerunners are supervised by the Southern Lead Caretaker and the Caretaker Supervisor.

    Compared to a Backcountry Caretaker, the Ridgerunner role is more heavily weighted toward trail, shelter, and privy maintenance. Ridgerunners backpack throughout their range during the workweek rather than remaining at an assigned overnight site. This is a highly independent position that requires planning, flexibility, and logistical creativity.

    Trail Maintenance:

    Ridgerunners are responsible for maintaining 25-35 miles of trail: clearing drainage structures, cutting blowdowns, trimming overgrowth, installing signs, and painting blazes.

    Site Maintenance:

    Each Ridgerunner range contains 4-6 overnight shelters and/or tenting areas. Ridgerunners are responsible for maintaining a clean and well-kept site, performing minor repairs as necessary, and reporting site conditions to field leadership.

    Privy Maintenance:

    All overnight sites include a composting outhouse which must be serviced by the Ridgerunner on a weekly basis. Protective equipment is provided when working with human waste.

    Hiker Education:

    Hiker education occurs through informal interactions over the course of the workday. Ridgerunners should be prepared to provide information about the Long Trail, encourage low-impact hiking and camping practices, and explain the mission of the Green Mountain Club to trail users.

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    All Ridgerunner positions require the ability to work independently, desire to educate the public, and drive to do gritty behind-the-scenes work (including privies)! All Ridgerunners must be comfortable spending 4 nights per week camping in a tent, sometimes alone and sometimes sharing campsites with the public. Ridgerunners are responsible for their own food and transportation to/from the trailhead. Green Mountain Club provides tents or shelters, stoves, stove fuel, water filtration, first aid supplies, tools, field guides, maps, and informational resources. Communal day-off housing is available in Waterbury Center and Danby, VT.

    2023 Position Dates:
    Commitment to full season preferred.
    Full Season: May 31 - October 13
    Summer: May 31 - August 11
    Fall: August 7 - October 13

    Schedule: Five days per week, typically including weekends. Camping on-site required four nights per week. Regular weekly schedule assigned at start of season.
    Compensation: $600/week, plus housing.
    Benefits: Housing provided, Wilderness First Aid class included with training, Retirement (403b) matching, eligible for pro deal gear discounts.

    Ridgerunner Responsibilities:

    • Maintain 25-35 miles of hiking trail using hand tools.
    • Maintain assigned backcountry facilities.
    • Regularly maintain assigned composting outhouses.
    • Encourage and model low impact hiking practices on trails and at summits, ponds, camping areas, and backcountry shelters.
    • Collect visitor use data during the course of the workday.
    • Submit weekly shift reports and group use feedback forms.
    • Write formal End of Season report if leaving in October or informal mid-season report if leaving in August.
    • Serve as professional backcountry representative of the GMC, both as knowledge source and as behavioral role model.
    • Carry first aid kit and sufficient supplies to travel safely in the backcountry at all times.
    • Voluntarily participate in Search and Rescue operations.
    • Assist with weekly cleaning of staff housing.

    Ridgerunner Qualifications:

    • Strong backpacking and outdoor skills
    • Ability to live independently and work in a remote area with little supervision
    • Comfort working multiple days outdoors in sometimes adverse weather conditions
    • Comfort with basic hand tools (trail maintenance training provided during orientation)
    • Knowledge of Leave No Trace principles (training provided during orientation)
    • Ability to effectively communicate with individuals and groups
    • Basic knowledge of Long Trail/Appalachian Trail system preferred
    • Wilderness First Aid certification (class available free-of-charge during orientation)
    • Must be willing to work weekends and holidays, these are the busiest days on trail!
    • Physical Requirements:
      • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds at a time
      • Ability to be on foot for prolonged periods of time, including hiking several miles with a heavy pack
      • Ability to perform difficult manual labor and to carry heavy loads as a regular part of the workday
      • Must have valid driver’s license. Access to a personal vehicle is strongly preferred.

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  • Backcountry Caretaker

    Field Staff
    Waterbury Center
    $600.00 / week

    Green Mountain Club Backcountry Caretakers are multi-talented stewards of the Long Trail system! Caretakers live on-trail four nights a week, stationed at Long Trail overnight campsites. As a Caretaker, your duties are divided between trail maintenance and hiker education. Caretakers are NOT rangers; you’ll employ friendly education and stewardship techniques at the Green Mountains’ most popular hiking areas in order to encourage safe, low-impact hiking practices and to protect the trail.

    Trail Maintenance:

    Caretakers are generally responsible for maintaining 10-20 miles of trail: repairing drainage structures, cutting blowdowns, and repainting signs and blazes. You will also maintain the shelters, privies, and trail structures within your range.

    Hiker Education:

    At your assigned summit or pond, you will engage the hiking public in conversations about low-impact hiking practices and about the fragile natural areas which support many rare and endangered species. Our goal is to facilitate a positive experience on trail for all hikers, while protecting the resource of the trail itself.

    All caretaker positions require the ability to work independently, desire to educate the public, and drive to do gritty behind-the-scenes work (including privies)! All caretakers must be comfortable spending 4 nights per week camping in a tent, sometimes alone and sometimes sharing campsites with the public. Caretakers are responsible for their own food and transportation to/from the trailhead and days off. Green Mountain Club provides tents or shelters, stoves, stove fuel, tools, field guides, maps, and informational resources. Communal day-off housing is available in Waterbury Center and Danby, VT.

    Locations:

    Caretakers are stationed at approximately 10-12 popular and ecologically sensitive sites on the Long Trail System.

    Caretakers in Southern Vermont work on the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail within the Green Mountain National Forest. These caretakers are assigned to popular hiking and backpacking destinations (Stratton Pond, Griffith Lake, and Little Rock Pond). Southern caretakers are directly supervised by a Lead Caretaker and the Caretaker Supervisor.

    Most caretakers in Northern Vermont are stationed on peaks which feature fragile alpine ecosystems. These caretakers spend about half their time in the alpine zone modeling and encouraging low-impact hiking practices. Most northern caretakers are each assigned to Camel's Hump or Mount Mansfield, plus one at Sterling Pond and another on Mt. Abraham. Northern caretakers are supervised by a Lead Caretaker and the Caretaker Supervisor. Additionally, Assistant Lead Caretakers for Camel's Hump and Mansfield provide on-the-ground support for those two mountains.

    2023 Position Dates:
    Commitment to full season preferred.
    Full Season: May 31 – October 13
    Summer: May 31 – August 11
    Fall: August 7 – October 13

    Schedule: Five days per week, typically including weekends. Camping on-site required four nights per week. Regular weekly schedule assigned at start of season.
    Compensation: $600/week, plus housing
    Benefits: Housing provided, Wilderness First Aid class included with training, Retirement (403b) matching, eligible for pro deal gear discounts.

    Backcountry Caretaker Responsibilities:

    • Educate hikers about fragile ecosystems at high-use sites along the Long Trail.
    • Maintain assigned backcountry facilities.
    • Regularly maintain assigned composting and pit outhouses.
    • Maintain 10 – 20 miles of hiking trail using hand tools.
    • Staff designated overnight site four nights per week, acting as knowledge resource for campers and encouraging minimal impact camping practices.
    • Collect visitor use data at overnight site and at pond or summit.
    • Submit weekly shift reports and group use feedback forms.
    • Write formal End of Season report if leaving in October or informal mid-season report if leaving in August.
    • Encourage and model Leave No Trace practices and low impact behaviors on trails and at summits, ponds, camping areas, and backcountry shelters.
    • Serve as professional backcountry representative of the GMC, both as knowledge source and as behavioral role model.
    • Carry first aid kit and sufficient supplies to travel safely in the backcountry at all times.
    • Voluntarily participate in Search and Rescue operations.
    • Assist with weekly cleaning of staff housing.

    Backcountry Caretaker Qualifications:

    • Strong backpacking and outdoor skills
    • Ability to live independently and work in a remote area with little supervision
    • Comfort working multiple days outdoors in sometimes adverse weather conditions
    • Comfort with basic hand tools (trail maintenance training provided during orientation)
    • Knowledge of Leave No Trace principles (training provided during orientation)
    • Ability to effectively communicate with individuals and groups
    • Environmental and/or outdoor education experience preferred
    • Basic knowledge of Long Trail/Appalachian Trail system
    • Wilderness First Aid certification (class available free-of-charge during orientation)
    • Must be willing to work weekends and holidays, these are the busiest days on trail!
    • Physical Requirements:
      • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds at a time
      • Ability to be on foot for prolonged periods of time, including hiking several miles with a heavy pack
      • Ability to perform difficult manual labor and to carry heavy loads as a regular part of the workday

How to Apply

We are currently hiring for our 2023 field season. Visit our employment page via the apply link below to see all open positions and to apply!


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