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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, as members of our trail crew the Long Trail Patrol, or on our Backcountry Construction Crew. Please follow the links below to learn more about each position.

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


Positions:

We are accepting applications for the 2021 field season on a rolling basis.

To apply, use link in position descriptions.

Position Descriptions: 

Backcountry Caretaker
Lead Backcountry Caretaker – Mount Mansfield
Lead Backcountry Caretaker – Camel’s Hump
Long Trail Patrol Crew Member
Crew Leader – Long Trail Patrol
Crew Leader – Volunteer LTP (paid position)
Assistant Crew Leader – Volunteer LTP (paid position)
Crew Leader- Backcountry Construction Crew (position description coming soon).

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 us with specific questions.

Please see job description and application HERE

  • Long Trail Patrol Leader (Trail Crew)

    Field Staff
    Waterbury Center
    $590.00 / week

    Long Trail Patrol – Crew Leader

    We are accepting applications for the 2021 Field Season on a rolling basis.

    Please note this position is specific to the all-staff Long Trail Patrol crew. For information on working with the all-volunteer crew as a paid crew leader, please see GMC seasonal hiring website.

    Overview:

    The Long Trail Patrol was established in 1931 as the official trail crew of the Green Mountain Club and has been a staple of our field staff ever since. The focus of the crew is to work on heavily used and damaged sections of trail throughout Vermont, on both state and National Forest land. The crew leader works closely with the Field Supervisor and Field Assistants to scout and plan work projects during “pre-season” and to handle project logistics throughout the work season. Acting as a role model of dedication and sound judgement, the LTP Leader guides and instructs the crew as they work hard, have fun, and forge lasting friendships.

    Long Trail Patrol crews consist of the crew leader and three to four crew members, including a rotating summer intern. Crews work Monday through Friday in the field in all weather (except blizzards). They work with rock and lumber, as well as native timber as projects require. Projects may require power tools including but not limited to impact drivers, rock drills, chainsaws, and brush-cutters. Monday through Thursday nights crews camp near their work sites and share a communal camp kitchen, as well as camp chores. LTP crews provide their own personal camping gear and food. The GMC provides transportation to the work site, tools, personal protective equipment, and some group equipment (stove, fuel, cook-ware, first-aid supplies). Communal day-off housing is available in Waterbury Center or Danby, VT based on project locations.

    2021 Position Dates: May 10th – October 22nd (limited start and end date flexibility)
    Schedule: Monday – Friday, camping at work site Monday – Thursday nights
    Compensation: $590/week, plus housing for days off
    Supervisor: Field Assistant, Field Supervisor

    LTP Crew Leader Responsibilities:

    • Lead 3 – 5 crew members on trail construction and maintenance projects.
    • Co-lead LTP training with Field Supervisor, Field Assistants, and other crew leaders.
    • Work with Field Supervisor and Field Assistants 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 US Forest Service and Vermont Forest, Parks, and Recreation.
    • Assist with Monday morning group cleaning of Back Forty.
    • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

    LTP 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
    • Ability to perform difficult manual labor and to carry heavy loads as a regular part of the workday
    • 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

     

    To see other available positions please visit the GMC website.

    To apply use link below:

    APPLY HERE

  • Long Trail Patrol (Trail Crew)

    Field Staff
    Waterbury Center
    $480.00 / week

    Long Trail Patrol – Crew Members

    We are accepting applications for the 2021 Field Season on a rolling basis.

    Overview:

    The Long Trail Patrol was established in 1931 as the official trail crew of the Green Mountain Club and has been a staple of our field staff ever since. The focus of the crew is to work on heavily used and damaged sections of trail throughout Vermont that require intensive trail repairs. Our LTP crews build staircases, bridges, waterbars, stepping stones, puncheon, and tread ladders, to name just a few examples. They work hard, have fun, and forge lasting friendships.

    Crews consist of four to five crew members and one Crew Leader. Crews work Monday through Friday in the field in all weather (except blizzards). Monday through Thursday nights crews camp near their work sites and share a communal camp kitchen, as well as camp chores. LTP 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.

    2021 Position Dates:
    Full Season: May 31st – October 15th
    Summer Season: May 31st – August 13th
    Fall Season: August 9th – October 15th
    Commitment to full season preferred.

    Schedule: Monday – Friday, camping at work site Monday – Thursday nights
    Compensation: $480/week, plus housing for days off
    Supervisor: Long Trail Patrol Crew Leader, Field Assistant

    LTP 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 Back Forty.

    LTP 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)

     

    To apply use link below:

    APPLY HERE

    To see all available positions click HERE

  • Backcountry Caretaker

    Field Staff
    Waterbury Center
    $480.00 / week

    Backcountry Caretakers

    We are accepting applications for the 2021 Field Season on a rolling basis.

    Overview:

    Green Mountain Club Caretakers are the public face of the GMC and are true stewards of Vermont’s Long Trail system. The program as we know it was born during the hiking boom of the 1970’s, but individuals have been caring for the Long Trail and its shelters since the GMC was founded in 1910. Caretakers employ hiker education and backcountry stewardship at the Green Mountains’ most popular hiking areas in order to promote Leave No Trace principles and to protect Vermont’s natural resources. Caretakers work throughout the Green Mountains, either in solo positions or with a Caretaker team on a mountain (see location descriptions below).

    During the months of peak hiking activity, caretakers are stationed at overnight campsites associated with vulnerable natural areas. Caretakers live at their assigned sites four nights a week from June to October, with two days off a week. Workweeks are divided between trail maintenance and educating hikers at a summit or pond. Each caretaker is assigned ten to twenty miles of trail to maintain, which includes clearing drainages, cutting branches back from the trail corridor, clearing fallen trees and brush, and repainting signs and blazes. During summit or pond duty, caretakers station themselves at their assigned day use area and engage the hiking public in conversations about low-impact hiking practices and about the fragile natural areas which support many rare and endangered species.

    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:

    Southern Vermont: Caretakers in Southern Vermont work on the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail within the Green Mountain National Forest. Three Caretakers are assigned to sites near fragile backcountry ponds that are heavily used by hikers and campers. There is also one Coolidge Range Ridgerunner who maintains about 30 miles of trail and four shelters in the Killington Peak area. Southern Caretakers are directly supervised by the Lead Caretaker for Southern VT.

    Northern Vermont: Caretakers in Northern Vermont are stationed on peaks which feature fragile alpine ecosystems. Northern caretakers participate in summit duty multiple times a week to educate visitors. A small crew of caretakers are each assigned to Camel’s Hump and Mount Mansfield, supervised by their Lead Caretaker. There is one caretaker each at Sterling Pond and Mt. Abraham who report directly to their assigned Field Assistant.

    2021 Position Dates:
    Full Season: May 27th – October 15th
    Summer Season: May 27th – August 13th
    Fall Season: August 9th – October 15th
    Commitment to full season preferred.

    Schedule: Five days per week, typically including weekends. Camping on-site required four nights per week. Specific days off assigned during orientation.
    Compensation: $480/week, plus housing for days off
    Supervisor: Lead Caretakers, Field Assistant

    Backcountry Caretaker Responsibilities:

    • Educate hikers about fragile ecosystems at high-use sites along the Long Trail.
    • Maintain assigned backcountry facilities, including privies.
    • Maintain 10 – 20 miles of hiking trail using hand tools.
    • Staff designated overnight site four nights per week, including collecting use fees and acting as knowledge resource for campers.
    • 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)
    • Ability to perform difficult manual labor and to carry heavy loads as a regular part of the workday
    • 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

     

    APPLY HERE

    To see other available positions please visit the GMC website.

  • Lead Backcountry Caretaker

    Field Staff
    Waterbury Center
    $500.00 / week

    Lead Backcountry Caretaker

    We are accepting applications for the 2021 Field Season on a rolling basis.

    Please visit the Green Mountain Club seasonal hiring website for more specific descriptions of the Mt. Mansfield and Camel's Hump Lead Caretaker positions, as well as descriptions of the Backcountry Caretaker roles.

    Overview:

    We are currently hiring  Lead Caretakers for Mount Mansfield and Camel's Hump. If you are passionate about environmental education, hiking trail maintenance, and working closely with similarly passionate coworkers, this could be the job for you

    Green Mountain Club Caretakers are the public face of the GMC and true stewards of Vermont’s Long Trail system. The program as we know it was born during the hiking boom of the 1970’s, but individuals have been caring for the Long Trail and its shelters since the GMC was founded in 1910. Lead Caretakers on Mt. Mansfield and Camel’s Hump coordinate the caretakers on those mountains to facilitate efficient summit education, trail maintenance, and backcountry shelter coverage. Acting as a role model of dedication and sound judgment, the Lead Caretaker guides and instructs the four caretakers on their mountain.

    During the months of peak hiking activity (June – October), the Lead caretakers work and live on their mountain five days per week, with two days off a week. They live at private, state-owned backcountry cabins four nights per week, and are generally not responsible for staffing a Long Trail shelter. The cabin are also used by other caretakers on their crew when not stationed at shelters.

    Work weeks are a mix of field projects and office-based responsibilities. The Lead participates in environmental education on the summit and trail maintenance along with the general caretakers, but also spends time overseeing the work of the general caretakers, checking in with Field Assistants, creating weekly schedules for the mountain, acquiring supplies, and completing special projects around the mountain.

    Lead Caretakers are responsible for their own food and transportation to/from the trailhead and days off. Green Mountain Club provides a stove, stove fuel, tools, field guides, maps, and informational resources. More detail about on-mountain housing is available during interview. Communal day-off housing is available in Waterbury Center.

    2021 Position Dates: May 10th – October 22rd (limited start and end date flexibility)
    Location: Mount Mansfield, Camel's Hump
    Schedule: Five days per week, typically including weekends. Staying on-site required four nights per week. Specific days off assigned during orientation.
    Compensation: $500/week, plus housing for days off.
    Supervisor: Field Assistant, Field Supervisor

     Lead Caretaker Responsibilities:

    • Oversee and support three or four  Backcountry Caretakers in their regular duties.
    • Oversee maintenance of backcountry facilities, including privies.
    • Directly coordinate and assist with maintenance of 12.3 miles of hiking trail using hand tools.
    • Educate hikers about fragile ecosystems at high-use sites along the Long Trail.
    • Compile summit use data from in neat and orderly fashion.
    • Submit weekly shift reports.
    • Write formal End of Season report of work completed throughout season.
    • Coordinate acquisition of supplies for mountain with Caretakers and Field Assistant.
    • Coordinate communication between staff, including via radio and cell phone.
    • Develop and foster healthy working relationships with and between all Mansfield staff.
    • Maintain high standards of work and safety in a range of weather conditions.
    • 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.
    • Act as GMC on-site liaison with ski resort and Vermont Forest, Parks, and Recreation staff.
    • Carry first aid kit and sufficient supplies to travel safely in the backcountry at all times.
    • Participate in Search and Rescue operations on a voluntary basis.
    • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

     

    Backcountry Caretaker 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)
    • Strong backpacking and outdoor skills
    • Ability to live and work in a remote area with little supervision
    • Experience working multiple days outdoors in adverse weather conditions
    • Experience with basic hand tools (trail maintenance training provided during orientation)
    • Ability to perform manual labor and to carry heavy loads as a regular part of the workday
    • Ability to problem-solve independently and collaboratively in the backcountry
    • Strong organizational skills, including setting, adhering to, and adjusting work plans
    • Ability to effectively communicate with individuals and groups
    • Environmental and/or outdoor education experience preferred
    • Basic knowledge of Long Trail/Appalachian Trail system
    • Must be willing to work weekends

     

    To see other available positions please visit the GMC website.

    To apply use link below:

    APPLY HERE

  • Crew Leader - Volunteer Long Trail Patrol

    Field Staff
    $590.00 / week

    Crew Leader – Volunteer Long Trail Patrol

    Please note this is a paid leadership position overseeing an all-volunteer Long Trail Patrol crew. For information on the all-staff LTP crew, please see our website.

    We are accepting applications for the 2021 Field Season on a rolling basis.

    Overview:

    Due to uncertainty about COVID-19, the role of Volunteer Long Trail Patrol Lead will likely shift in 2021. This position, along with the VLTP Co-Lead, will likely be comprised of two parts: leading the Volunteer Long Trail Patrol, and providing trainings and support for GMC volunteers across the Long Trail system. Both parts are explained below; how these duties are balanced and scheduled  in 2021 will depend on the availability and success of vaccines.

    Volunteer Long Trail Patrol

    The Volunteer Long Trail Patrol 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 consist of 4-8 rotating volunteers led by two GMC staff. In 2021 the Volunteer Long Trail Patrol Lead should expect to spend at least four weeks in this role, and up to 8 weeks.

    Volunteer crews work on the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail on projects such as building puncheon, turnpikes, water bars, side-hill tread, and bridges. Most VLTP projects are in the Green Mountain National Forest, including some in federally designated wilderness areas.

    The Volunteer Long Trail Patrol Leads works closely with the Field Supervisor, Field Assistant, and agency partners to scout and plan work projects before volunteers arrive. They work closely with the GMC’s full-time Volunteer Coordinator to handle project logistics throughout the work season. Once the project begins, the VLTP leads guide and instruct 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 Volunteer Long Trail Patrol Leads must be a unified team to ensure an enjoyable season for the volunteers as well as an efficient project timeline.

    VLTP 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 VLTP Crew Leader and Assistant Crew 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.

    Volunteer Training and Support

    When not leading the Volunteer Long Trail Patrol, the VLTP Leads will work with GMC’s Volunteer and Education Coordinator to provide training and support to the many volunteers who maintain the Long Trail system. This may include the GMC’s fourteen regional sections, 234 trail and shelter adopters, as well as organized volunteer groups from high schools, colleges and universities, and businesses. VLTP Leads may conduct trail work trainings for GMC’s volunteers and assist on large trail maintenance and construction projects. This work will take place throughout the Green Mountains and will primarily involve day trips to work sites but may involve multi-night stays in the field as well. Projects. When working in this capacity VLTP Leads will be based out of GMC housing in Waterbury Center and share days off with each other as well as other northern field staff.

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

    NOTE: Please read the VLTP Assistant Crew Leader position description as well for a full understanding of the VLTP structure.

    2021 Position Dates: May 10th – August 13th (limited start date flexibility). Potential for later end date . Potential to transition to LTP or Caretaker role for fall season.
    Schedule: Five-day work shifts, including weekends. Camping at work site four nights per shift.
    Compensation: $590/week, plus housing for days off and meals during work week.
    Supervisor: Field Assistant, Field Supervisor, Volunteer and Education Coordinator

    VLTP Crew Leader Responsibilities:

    • Lead trainings on trail and shelter maintenance for GMC’s adopter program and section volunteers.
    • Assist GMC’s volunteer sections with their spring walk-throughs and planned maintenance trips.
    • Coordinate volunteer delivery of bark mulch to composting privies.
    • Lead public volunteer days to complete deferred trail maintenance tasks.
    • Act as a link between various branches of GMC’s volunteer programs and GMC’s field staff.
    • Lead rotating crew of 3-8 volunteers on trail construction and maintenance projects.
    • Scout VLTP work projects with Field Supervisor, Field Assistant, and VLTP Assistant Crew Leader before crew season begins.
    • Co-lead LTP training with Field Supervisor, Field Assistants, and LTP crew leaders.
    • Plan crew meals and meal budget in collaboration with Assistant Crew Leader.
    • 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 Assistant Crew Leader.
    • Complete 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 US Forest Service and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
    • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

     

    VLTP 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)
    • Extensive trail building and maintenance skills
    • Extensive experience with trail building tools and basic power tools
    • Experience in outdoor leadership positions, preferably trail crew leadership
    • Experience working directly with volunteers, especially supervisory experience
    • Experience working with agency and project partners
    • 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 work weekends

     

    To see other available positions please visit the GMC website.

    To apply use link below:

    APPLY HERE

  • Assistant Crew Leader - Volunteer Long Trail Patrol

    Field Staff
    Waterbury Center
    $575.00 / week

    Assistant Crew Leader – Volunteer Long Trail Patrol

    Please note this is a paid leadership position working with an all-volunteer Long Trail Patrol crew. For information on the all-staff LTP crew, please see here and here.

    We are accepting applications for the 2021 Field Season on a rolling basis.

    Overview:

    Due to uncertainty about COVID-19, the role of Volunteer Long Trail Patrol Assistant Lead will likely shift in 2021. This position, along with the Volunteer Field Co-Lead, will likely be comprised of two parts: leading the Volunteer Long Trail Patrol, and providing trainings and support for GMC volunteers across the Long Trail system. Both parts are explained below; how these duties are balanced in 2021 will depend on the availability and success of vaccines.

    Volunteer Long Trail Patrol

    The Volunteer Long Trail Patrol 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 consist of 4-8 rotating volunteers led by two GMC staff. In 2021 the Volunteer Long Trail Patrol Lead should expect to spend at least four weeks in this role, and up to 8weeks.

    Volunteer crews work on the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail on projects such as building puncheon, turnpikes, water bars, side-hill tread, and bridges. Most VLTP projects are in the Green Mountain National Forest, including some in federally designated wilderness areas.

    The Volunteer Long Trail Patrol Leads works closely with the Field Supervisor, Field Assistant, and agency partners to scout and plan work projects before volunteers arrive. They work closely with the GMC’s full-time Volunteer Coordinator to handle project logistics throughout the work season. Once the project begins, the VLTP leads guide and instruct 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 Volunteer Long Trail Patrol Leads must be a unified team to ensure an enjoyable season for the volunteers as well as an efficient project timeline.

    VLTP 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 VLTP Crew Leader and Assistant Crew 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. Typically, the Volunteer Long Trail Patrol Leads share the duties of grocery shopping and hosting Thursday dinner, so as to ensure each person has appropriate time off.

    Communal day-off housing for the Volunteer Long Trail Patrol Leads in Danby, VT with the Southern Caretakers.

    Volunteer Training and Support

    When not leading the Volunteer Long Trail Patrol, the VLTP Leads will work with GMC’s Volunteer and Education Coordinator to provide training and support to the many volunteers who maintain the Long Trail system. This may  include the GMC’s fourteen regional sections, 234 trail and shelter adopters, as well as organized volunteer groups from high schools, colleges and universities, and businesses. VLTP Leads may conduct trail work trainings for GMC’s Volunteers and assist on large trail maintenance and construction projects. This work will take place throughout the Green Mountains and will primarily involve day trips to work sites but may involve multi-night stays in the field as well. Projects. When working in this capacity VLTP Leads will be based out of GMC housing in Waterbury Center and share days off with each other as well as other northern field staff.

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

    NOTE: Please read the VLTP Assistant Crew Leader position description as well for a full understanding of the VLTP structure.

    2021 Position Dates: May 10th – August 13th (limited start date flexibility). Potential for August 24th end date. Potential to transition to LTP or Caretaker role for fall season.
    Schedule: Five-day work shifts, including weekends. Camping at work site four nights per shift.
    Compensation: $575/week, plus housing for days off and meals during work week.
    Supervisor: Field Assistant, Field Supervisor, Volunteer and Education Coordinator

    Volunteer Long Trail Patrol Assistant Lead Responsibilities:

    • Lead trainings on trail and shelter maintenance for GMC’s adopter program and section volunteers.
    • Assist GMC’s volunteer sections with their spring walk-throughs and planned maintenance trips.
    • Coordinate volunteer delivery of bark mulch to composting privies.
    • Lead public volunteer days to complete deferred trail maintenance tasks such as clearing drains or clipping brush.
    • Act as a link between different branches of GMC’s volunteer programs and GMC’s field staff.
    • Lead rotating crew of 3-8 volunteers on trail construction and maintenance projects.
    • Scout VLTP work projects with Field Supervisor, Field Assistant, and VLTP Assistant Crew Leader before crew season begins.
    • Co-lead LTP training with Field Supervisor, Field Assistants, and LTP crew leaders.
    • Plan crew meals and meal budget in collaboration with Assistant Crew Leader.
    • 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 Assistant Crew Leader.
    • Complete 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 US Forest Service and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
    • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

     

    VLTP Assistant 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)
    • Extensive trail building and maintenance skills
    • Extensive experience with trail building tools and basic power tools
    • Experience in outdoor leadership positions, preferably trail crew leadership
    • Experience working directly with volunteers, especially supervisory experience
    • Experience working with agency and project partners
    • 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 work weekends

     

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    To see other available positions please visit the GMC website.

How to Apply

We are currently hiring for our 2021 field season. Please read position descriptions on our website before filling out your application.


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