Trail Crew

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ORGANIZATION: National Park Service

Position Overview 

Ninety Six National Historic Site is looking for a group of local dedicated volunteers to be part of a trail crew. Crew members will work to protect the trails and enhance the visitor experience. Trail crew members will monitor the over ten miles of trails for hazards such as fallen trees, erosion, bridge damage, and missing trail markers and signs.

The work of maintaining the trails is average to moderately strenuous, involving walking and the cutting of brush and limbs. Most work will be completed with hand tools and possibly light power tools. Training with park staff will be provided.

Goal / Outcome of Job: 

The Trail Crew program offers the opportunity to work in conjunction with National Park Service personnel to enhance and protect our trail system. 

Description of Duties

-Conduct a minimum of one hike per month year-round.

- Document trail hazards such as downed trees, excessive erosion, damaged bridges, etc.

- Document damaged or missing trail signs. 

- Take photos of trail hazards and damage to help maintenance staff. 

- Submit an email trail report (positive or negative) to Trail Crew supervisor after each hike. 

- Remove litter.

- Remove sticks and other small debris from the trail.

- Optional: Ensure the trailhead kiosks are stocked with trail maps. 

- Optional: Perform basic trail maintenance using loppers and handsaws (training required).

- Optional: Participate in trail stewardship workdays.

Knowledge/ Skills Desired

  • Desire and ability to work outdoors year-round.
  • Knowledge of the region’s flora and/or have a willingness to learn.
  • The ability to work with a diverse community of volunteers and park staff.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the National Park Service mission and goals.
  • Possess the ability to work with hand tools.
  • Possess the ability to hike over uneven ground.
  • Possess good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Possess ability to use photos and verbal / written communication to describe the location and details of trail conditions.
  • Understand and respect all park regulations and policies.

Start Date - 2024-06-01

End Date - 2025-05-30

Activities include: Trail/Campground Maintenance

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