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Crew Member

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 locations where camping is required, and in those cases, 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 occur. 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. 

Responsibilities & Qualifications

  • Under the direction of the crew leader, safely use hand tools and mechanized equipment such as power tools, chainsaws, excavation equipment, and brushers
  • Under the direction of crew leader, participate in trail construction and maintenance projects such as constructing structures, drainage improvements, and brushing and clearing trails
  • Perform physical labor for extended periods in frequently adverse weather conditions
  • 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 are able to…

  • Work effectively as a member of a team to overcome challenges.
  • Contribute to a positive team attitude
  • 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

Compensation: $17/hour

Training in trail building and maintenance techniques is provided, additional certification opportunities as available.

Crew Lead

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.

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

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.