Trail Crew Work

Connecticut Woodlands Conservation Corps is a paid summer and fall program offered by CFPA. A Crew, typically 5-6 members, performs trail maintenance, repair and construction projects on the 825-mile Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System in Connecticut. Our Crews work on projects large and small to improve the trails, the hiker experience, and to reduce impacts to natural resources along trail corridors. Crew members will learn from, and work closely with, professionals and experienced volunteers in implementing sustainable trail building techniques. Members are expected to hike up to 5 miles a day, carry their tools and gear, and actively contribute to the work being done.

Trail work is very physical. Whether it’s cutting back brush, digging new trail, moving lumber for a bridge, sawing out tree blowdowns, or setting stone steps, crew members will use their hands and bodies throughout the day and the season. Crew members should be prepared to work for a full day in heat, rain, or beautiful weather.

Crew members will use hand and power tools everyday during the season. With training and supervision, crew members will become proficient in the use of the tools of the trade, including digging tools, drills, chainsaws, rigging equipment, etc.

Learning in the Field

The best way to learn about trail construction and maintenance is in the field. The Crew will amass a wealth of field experience, will travel to unique and forested parts of the State, and will be exposed to a wide variety of specialty trail skills. Additionally, crew members may attend First Aid & CPR, as well as Leave No Trace training. Crew members will work as part of the CFPA conservation family and will be exposed to the workings of CT’s oldest nonprofit conservation organization.

Supplemental skills and experiences include:

  • Hand tool use & maintenance
  • Botany, Forestry and Wildlife
  • Camping, Leave No Trace & backcountry cooking
  • Rigging use and safety
  • Chainsaw safety & use
  • Basic structure-building & rough carpentry skills
  • Professional job skills

Team members are paid, and uniform, camping and safety equipment are provided. Housing reimbursement is possible.

“I chose to work at CFPA, not really knowing the organization beyond a job description on an application. But, I came away with a plethora of knowledge ranging from tree identification that the crew did for fun to chainsaw operation and maintenance. This (experience) went far beyond doing work behind a desk. It allowed me to immerse myself in the forest and trail world and gave me a summer of immeasurable experience and excitement.”

Wesley Skidmore

Who Should Apply?

This program is modeled on traditional AmeriCorps crews that provide experiential work and life development opportunities. The position is open to anyone between the ages of 18-25+ years old. If you have a positive attitude, are enthusiastic about the outdoors, and are interested in learning about trail stewardship and conservation, this might be the job for you! Students pursuing a degree in an environmental or a recreation-related field can work with their school and CFPA to see if internship credit can be attained for the position.

 

Season

Crew Leaders start in early May and Assistant Crew Leaders start late May. The Trail Crew summer season is 10 weeks from early June–mid August and fall season is 10 weeks from late August–late October. Crew members are part of a close-knit team and projects are dependent on daily attendance of the crew members. If you cannot commit to being at work every day, please do not apply.

The normal weekly work schedule will be Monday–Friday. Most or all weeks will require spike camping in the field for the duration of the project.

 

Actively Recruiting for Summer and Fall 2023
Trail Crew Opportunities

2023 Descriptions APPLY NOW!

Have questions? Email abradley@ctwoodlands.org.