Green Mountain Club

Caretaker on Camel's Hump
Long Trail Patrol working on Mt. Mansfield
2017 Backcountry Lead Carpenter building a new porch for Butler Lodge
A Caretaker on Mt. Mansfield at Butler Lodge
A Caretaker marking the trail border on the Mt. Mansfield ridgeline
Field Staff learning to use a crosscut saw

Spend the summer or fall working to protect and maintain Vermont’s rugged Long Trail!

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 or as part of our Long Trail Patrol program, either on our trail crews or our backcountry construction crew.

The GMC headquarters is based in Waterbury Center, Vermont. Seasonal professional staff are located throughout the state and 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. Housing is available for days off in a front-country setting with access to typical amenities.

About Green Mountain Club

The Green Mountain Club is a local non-profit with a long history of preserving and maintaining the Long Trail System. Built between 1910 and 1930, the Long Trail is the oldest long-distance hiking trail in the United States.  It follows the main ridge of the Green Mountains from the Massachusetts-Vermont line to the Canadian border as it crosses Vermont's highest peaks. Every year dozens of people spend all summer or fall on the Long Trail working as Caretakers and Trail Crew members. This season it could be you!

The Employee Experience

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 mid-May through mid-October, with some staff turn-over in mid-August. All field staff must be 18 years of age before their first day of employment. Authorization to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment at the GMC. Feel free to contact us with specific questions.

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

Ideal Candidate

At GMC successful staff come from a background with backpacking and outdoor skills and have the ability to live independently and work in a remote area with little supervision.  Staff must be comfortable working multiple days outdoors in sometimes adverse weather conditions, have comfort with basic hand tools and be interested in modeling low-impact hiking and camping practices.

Public engagement experience preferred with an ability to effectively communicate with individuals and groups, provide environmental and/or outdoor education, and communicate effectively with co-workers, supervisors, and partnering agencies.

Vermont hiking trails serve diverse users including residents, visitors, and worldwide tourists who visit Vermont to hike its legendary trails.  The GMC is an equal opportunity employer.  We celebrate diversity and endeavor to make our staffing as inclusive as our trail users.

Room and Board

Not only are we in a prime location for personal recreation, we also provide our seasonal staff with a days-off housing complex that consists of primitive cabins; one large community building with kitchens, showers, bathrooms, laundry facilities, and storage; and lots of space outdoors to set up your tent. The community building has wifi and computer access. Housing is provided free of charge to active field staff members

Housing during the work week is at project sites, usually in tents or Long Trail shelters. 

Employee Perks

Free housing: Housing is provided free of charge to active field staff members.

Discounts and Memberships: GMC field staff are eligible for exclusive gear discounts on various websites which serve outdoors professionals. Field staff get discounts at the GMC store, and receive a complimentary one-year GMC membership at the end of the season.

Great coworkers: Our other benefits are non-traditional but just as necessary! We provide a positive working environment where you will spend time outdoors getting in touch with nature, do worthwhile physical labor, and belong to a community of similarly-enthusiastic individuals.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Our headquarters is located in Waterbury Center close to all forms of transportation.  An Amtrak train stops in downtown Waterbury daily, and we are about a ½ hour away from Burlington International Airport.  Both Greyhound and Megabus make daily stops in Burlington and Montpelier on their way to and from Boston and Montreal.

Vermont is a rural state with public transportation along major corridors, but to fully experience the state personal wheeled transportation will help you find all the greatness that's out there.  Car, motorcycle, scooter, or bicycle will help you enjoy VT.

For Fun

Vermont’s woods and hiking trails are right in your backyard! There are rivers and lakes to canoe, off-the-beaten-path swimming holes to swim in, and paths to bicycle. We are also located close to two large communities in Vermont that have community events you can get involved in, quaint local eateries with tasty homemade goods, and assorted live music venues.

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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