Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Adirondack High Peaks Trail Crew Is Hiring

Adirondack Mountain Club maintains trailsDEC is looking to hire a Trail Crew Labor Supervisor and four Trail Crew Laborers to work on projects in the High Peaks Wilderness from June to October 2018.

The work is expected to focus on primitive campsite construction and restoration, trail work including drainage and blowdown removal and some bridge and ladder construction in Avalanche Pass.

What follows are the job descriptions from DEC:

High Peaks Trail Crew Labor Supervisor

Rate of pay is 16.28/hr, 5 month seasonal job

Work includes overseeing a 4 person trail crew working on a list of specific projects in the High Peaks Wilderness Area. Each week the entire crew will spend the week in the backcountry, either camping out in tents (or a lean-to) or staying at one of DEC’s Interior Outposts. Most of the projects are located 6 miles from the nearest road and will require a strenuous hike with a heavy pack to get to each week. The Labor Supervisor will be responsible for working with and keeping the crew on task as they complete various trail related projects. These projects will include working on campsite hardening, relocating privies, installing turnpiking, rock placement, bridge building, drainage work and clearing blowdown. The Labor Supervisor will work with and maintain hand tools, griphoists and other tools to complete projects. The Labor Supervisor will be responsible for keeping track of Laborer’s work schedule, communicating with administrative supervisor, interacting with the Land Manager regarding scope of work of each project and keeping records of progress. As needed during emergencies, Forest Rangers may require assistance with Search and Rescue efforts in the backcountry.

Minimum Qualifications

  • One year of practical experience in performing general construction or maintenance tasks
  • Must be able to work in the backcountry, living out of a tent for 5 days at a time between June and October in the High Peaks Wilderness.
  • Must be able to carry a 50+ pound pack 6 miles, over rugged terrain, to get to the work site.
  • Must be able to work in all weather conditions.
  • Must have experience in backcountry trail work, preferably with trail hardening and drainage techniques.
  • Must have experience in leadership or supervisory roles.
  • Must have a valid Class D Driver’s License

High Peaks Trail Crew Laborer

Rate of pay is 13.27/hr, 5 month seasonal job

Work includes being on a 5 person trail crew working on a list of specific projects in the High Peaks Wilderness area. Each week the entire crew will spend the week in the backcountry, either camping out in tents (or a lean-to) or staying at one of DEC’s Interior Outposts. Most of the projects are located 6 miles from the nearest road and will require a strenuous hike with heavy pack to get to each week. Working on campsite hardening, relocating privies, installing turnpiking, rock placement, bridge building, drainage work and clearing blowdown. Trail Crew Laborer will work with and maintain hand tools, griphoists and other tools to complete projects. Trail Crew Laborers will work under the supervision of a Trail Crew Labor Supervisor, but may work alone or as part of the group during the day. As needed during emergencies, Forest Rangers may require assistance with Search and Rescue efforts in the backcountry.

Minimum Qualifications

  •  Must be able to work in the backcountry, living out of a tent for 5 days at a time between June and October in the High Peaks Wilderness.
  • Must be able to carry a 50+ pound pack 6 miles, over rugged terrain, to get to the work site.
  • Must be able to work in all weather conditions.
  • Should have experience in backcountry trail work, preferably with trail hardening and drainage techniques.
  • Must have a valid Class D Driver’s License

To Apply send a resume to:
NYS DEC, HPW Trail Crew
PO Box 296
Ray Brook, NY 12977-0296
Info.R5@dec.ny.gov

Photo of Adirondack Mountain Club trail crew member courtesy photo by Seth Jones/Adirondack Mountain Club.

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