Trail Maintenance Crew Volunteer (2024)

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ORGANIZATION: National Park Service

Park Information:

Located approximately 20 miles northwest of center city Philadelphia, Valley Forge was the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of George Washington and the Continental Army. The park commemorates the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation and honors the ability of citizens to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times. (http://www.nps.gov/vafo)


Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Basic Corridor Maintenance: clear trail of overgrown vegetation and invasive plants, obscure social trails, pickup trash, and blaze trails.
  • Maintenance of Erosion Control Measures: Installation of new water bars and check steps, resetting or removing non-functioning water bars or check steps, regular checking and clearing of debris from water bars.

Short Term Impact of this Work:

  • The park's official trail network is safe for visitors to enjoy.

Long Term Impact of this Work:

  • The park is a favorite oasis for recreational visitors who are inspired to inquire about service opportunities to help steward the park's trail network and natural resources.

Qualifications

  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Ability and desire to follow applicable federal, state, and local laws/policies, as well as directions from staff and other volunteer leaders.
  • Excellent communication skills: be able to treat visitors, park staff, and fellow volunteers with professional courtesy, and ask for help when needed.
  • Be willing and able to work outside in natural conditions involving weather (e.g., heat, cold, humidity, rain, wind, etc.), animals and pests (e.g., ticks, bugs, pollen, other animals, etc.), in the early morning, day, or early evening hours.
  • Ability to walk extended distances over uneven natural ground while carrying tools and trail building material (e.g., check steps, rock, buckets of dirt, etc.).
  • Ability to frequently bend, kneel, stoop, grab, pull, pick up/lift and carry (up to 40lbs) trail building supplies and material.
  • With proper training, work safely with hand tools such as loppers, handsaws, hand pruners, rakes, shovels, pulaski, pickaxe, cutter mattocks, macleod, fire rake, rockbar, and other common trail maintenance tools.

Time Commitment:

No required minimum hours per month. Sessions usually occur every Wednesday and one Saturday a month. The typical shift lasts up to four hours, and shifts are scheduled based upon park priorities and the availability of park staff and Trail Maintenance Crew Leaders. The busiest months are between April - Oct.

Start Date - 2024-06-18

End Date - 2024-12-30

Activities include: Back Country/Wilderness;Conservation Education;Construction/Maintenance;Trail/Campground Maintenance;Weed/Invasive Species Control

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Mission Statement

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

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The U.S. National Park Service, www.nps.gov, cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. We care for more than 400 national parks and help communities preserve their historic places and open spaces.

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WHERE

1400 North Outer Line DriveKing of Prussia, PA 19406

(40.1011,-75.42195)
 

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