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Employment

Crew Member

Crew leader Jesse peels bark off of a log that will be used in trail construction.
Three crew members and one crew leader in hard hats hike down the Treadwell Ditch Trail.
Crew member Julio cuts down a tree using a chainsaw.
Location

Juneau, Alaska

Compensation

$17/hour

Start/End Date

Early July to mid-September

Benefits

Crew members receive a 1-year Trail Mix membership, which provides discounts at Foggy Mountain Shop, Cycle Alaska, and Nugget Alaskan Outfitters. We also have pro deals with a variety of outdoor brands.

General Qualifications

-Must be eligible to work in the United States

-Must be able to lift 25 pounds consistently, work outside with exposure to inclement weather, and travel over varied terrain; all with reasonable accommodations.

-No previous trail crew or conservation experience is required to apply for this position. A general comfort and previous knowledge of working/living in an outdoor setting is helpful. 

Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to:

  • Teamwork. Teamwork is the core of trail work. Crews must work together to overcome challenges in the field as assistance is not always readily available.
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Crew members are expected to maintain a welcoming and inclusive work environment and be open to learning about others’ identities and backgrounds.
  • Effective communication. Working on trail projects requires crew members to be in frequent communication with each other including candid conversations regarding problem-solving, conflict resolution, and safety.
  • Safety. Working with tools and heavy machinery in an outdoor environment has inherent risk, and it is everyone’s responsibility to contribute to a culture of safety.
  • Stress Management. It is important for crew members to have techniques for managing stress in fast-paced and potentially dangerous situations as well as during monotonous, laborious tasks.
  • Respect for the Indigenous land on which we work. It is a privilege to maintain trails on Lingít Aaní, and we aren’t the first or only people to take care of this land. We need to understand how our actions and attitudes impact the land and community so that we can help steward the trail system of Juneau. 

Position Summary 

Trail Mix Crew Members work as part of a team of 3-4 Crew Members and 1 Crew Leader. Crew primarily work in partnership with the US Forest Service, State Parks and the City and Borough of Juneau. Crew Members perform manual labor and work outdoors in all types of weather conditions. Crew Members are expected to learn and apply trail building skills, actively participate in training events, practice appropriate safety procedures in all tasks assigned, and use, maintain and repair hand and power tools as necessary.  

Crews work mostly in frontcountry settings. This means crews report to the shop each morning, drive together to their project site, hike to their work site if necessary, and return to the shop at the end of the day. Trail Mix does not provide housing. Projects are occasionally located in more remote areas where camping is required, and Trail Mix provides gear and food. Schedules may vary but generally are Monday through Thursday from 7am to 5pm. Workdays are 10-hour shifts with scheduled breaks throughout the day. Depending on project work and location, other schedule variations may be implemented. While the staff at Trail Mix work to provide consistency throughout the season, personal flexibility is expected and should be prepared for when entering the term as schedules, times, and work locations are subject to change per project needs.  

Trail Mix provides uniform shirts, personal protective equipment, and transportation between shop and project sites. Initial training in trail building and maintenance techniques will be supplemented by more training in the field. Additional certification opportunities may be available.

Our hiring process consists of a written application with 2 short answer questions of 250 words or less, and for selected candidates, a 20-minute interview that is usually via video conference. 

Trail Mix is an equal opportunity employer and maintains a work environment free from discrimination and where employees are treated with dignity and respect. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, mental or physical disability, medical condition, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

We strongly encourage applications from BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+, women, and others with underrepresented identities in trail building and maintenance.

Crew Leader

Crew member Dane carries an old boardwalk off the trail at Point Bridget.
Photo of crew leader Jesse covered in mud.
Two crew members pose in front of a large stump that was excavated from the trail.
Location

Juneau, Alaska

Compensation

$19/hour

Start/End Date

04/14/2022-09/15/2022

Benefits

The season will begin with a Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) course taught by NOLS from April 18 – 21. Pro deals are also available.

General Qualifications

-Must be eligible to work in the United States.

-Must be able to lift 25 pounds consistently, work outside with exposure to inclement weather, and travel over varied terrain; all with reasonable accommodations.

-Minimum one year trail crew or equivalent experience required.

-Current Wilderness First Aid certification or equivalent required.

-Leadership experience in a backcountry or remote workplace setting is preferred

Successful applicants are able to…

-Facilitate problem solving to overcome challenges as a team.

-Contribute to a welcoming and inclusive environment for all crew members.

-Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to your fellow crew members.

-Perceive and comprehend significant and apparent hazards to maintain a safe work site.

-Respond appropriately to potentially stressful and difficult circumstances in the field.

-Learn and practice ‘Leave No Trace’ techniques.

Position Summary

A Trail Crew Leader leads a team consisting of 3-5 Crew Members. Crews primarily work in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Alaska State Parks, and the City and Borough of Juneau. Crew Leaders perform manual labor and work outdoors in all types of weather conditions. They are expected to apply trail building skills, actively participate in training events, practice appropriate safety procedures in all tasks assigned, and use, maintain and repair hand and power tools as necessary.

Their primary responsibility is to manage their crew’s trail project to a successful, on-time completion and regularly communicate progress on goals to the Trails Coordinator. Crew Leaders facilitate individual and team learning in order to effectively work together. Crew Leaders also appropriately address any interpersonal or trail building issues as they arise, which may include seeking additional support from the Trails Coordinator. Finally, they ensure proper safety protocols are followed as well as maintain a welcoming, inclusive work environment.

Crews work mostly in frontcountry settings. This means crews report to the shop each morning, drive together to their project site, hike to their work site if necessary, and return to the shop at the end of the day. Trail Mix does not provide housing. Projects are occasionally located in more remote locations where camping is required. Trail Mix provides gear and food on remote projects. Schedules may vary, but generally are Monday through Thursday from 7am to 5pm. Workdays are 10-hour shifts with scheduled breaks throughout the day. Depending on project work and location, other schedule variations may be implemented. While the staff at Trail Mix work to provide consistency throughout the season, personal flexibility is expected and should be prepared for when entering the term as schedules, times, and work locations are subject to change per project needs.  

Trail Mix will provide camp equipment when needed, tools, protective gear, and transportation between shop and project sites. 

Trail Mix is an equal opportunity employer and maintain a work environment free from discrimination and where employees are treated with dignity and respect. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, mental or physical disability, medical condition, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

We strongly encourage applications from BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+, women, and others with underrepresented identities in trail building and maintenance.

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