Trail Crew Employment
The Adirondack Trail Improvement Society maintains 105 miles of public hiking trails and 15 miles of private trails in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks. The trails are located within some of the most scenic wilderness on the east coast and travel from 1000’ to 5000’ in elevation.
Maintenance is performed by a professional crew of generally 6-8 members from mid-May to early August. The season begins with a patrol of the entire trail system to remove winter blowdown, clean existing drainage structures, and assess damage from the winter. Following the patrol, the crew will work on selected projects for the remainder of the season to repair, harden or reroute trails. The crew is also responsible for maintaining and, if necessary, rebuilding 20 bridges and 24 ladders in the trail system.
Crew members are typically college or post-college age. Preference is given to those who can work all or most of the 12-week season though shorter periods of employment are possible. Candidates should be physically fit and be able (and desire) to work and live in the backcountry in all conditions doing physical labor. Backcountry and trail work experience preferred, but not essential to apply. Experience with carpentry, masonry, rigging, and/or tree work preferred. First Aid training preferred. Primitive housing (canvas wall tents, wooden platforms, running water, electricity, propane) provided.
Anyone interested in applying should contact Erik Jacobson, the ATIS Trails Director, at the email address below :
ADIRONDACK TRAIL IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY, INC.
P.O. Box 565, Keene Valley, NY 12943
Adirondack Trail Improvement Society (ATIS) maintains and improves public hiking trails in the vicinity of Keene Valley and conducts recreational and educational programs for youth that encourages the healthy and responsible use of those lands. In doing so we celebrate, support and thrive off diversity. Our mission is to introduce the wonder and beauty of these trails to all and to maintain and improve them for the benefit of all. We recognize that to be true custodians of these lands, we must foster a wide range of affection, appreciation and sense of protection for them to ensure that they will continue to be enjoyed for generations to come.
ATIS strives to create an inclusive environment for all employees and program participants. ATIS does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law in any decision related to or regarding employment, the terms and conditions thereof, or program participation.
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