Trail Crew Coordinator


Join our team: Do you have a strong work ethic and a desire to work in protected public lands? Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) is hiring for the following position.


Position Title: Field Crew Coordinator

Positions Open: 1

Position Duration: 16 weeks, average 40 hrs/wk, Starts April 20 or April 28.

Status: Temporary/Seasonal

Compensation: $14.50-15.00/hour DOE

Position Supervisor: Regional Program Manager

Location: Roanoke, VA


About Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS)

We are a passionate and inclusive team of employees, volunteers, and supporters, dedicated to a mission of educating, cultivating, and empowering an engaged public for the stewardship of protected public lands. We pride ourselves on being a transformative conservation non-profit: for the resource, the individuals who work with us, federal land management agencies, and our local partners. SAWS was founded in 2010 to respond to a regional need for stewardship focused on federally designated wilderness. We work with the national forests in the mountain regions of Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia to provide stewardship through our four program areas: trail crews, wilderness rangers, volunteers, and education.


About the Position

The field crew coordinator position will serve as a resource for the US Naval Academy Field Crew. It will be based in Roanoke, VA with regular travel and backcountry overnight stays.


Major duties: Preparing reports of the crew’s work for the US Forest Service, working with crew leaders and midshipmen to develop media pieces to share in traditional media and social media, coordinating and engaging volunteers for midshipmen lead volunteer days, preparing crew to go into the field, and assisting and leading the crew when necessary. The position will be largely office-based, with approximately 60% of the work occurring in the office and 40% of the work occurring in the field.



Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Program Manager, the crew coordinator work may include, but is not limited to:

  • Developing reports and media pieces for traditional and online sources
  • Assisting with preparing crews to go into the field
  • Supporting crew work in and out of field
  • Coordinating and engaging individuals, businesses and organizations in volunteer days
  • Coordinating crew well-being during their off-time
  • Leading crew in multiday backcountry settings


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Develop punctual reports detailing work completed by crew
  • Assist SAWS staff in developing and maintaining strong, positive relationships with US Forest Service personnel, partner organization staff, and partner organization volunteers
  • Craft and curate media (press releases, blogs, photography, video, etc.) to share for reporting and documentation
  • Order, maintain and prepare food, tools and gear for crew
  • Track program budget and make budgeting decisions
  • Set up, plan and coordinate volunteer days and secure volunteers for volunteer projects
  • Oversee crew during volunteer days and on backcountry hitches on occasion



In addition to enthusiasm for the SAWS mission, you will have the following:


  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to write creative pieces and technical reports
  • Experience with outreach to individuals, businesses, and organizations desired
  • Experience with videography and photography desired
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint
  • Ability to purchase supplies within budget
  • Ability to travel on foot over rough terrain for up to 10 miles per day while carrying 50 lbs or more
  • Ability to spend up to 8 days at a time in the backcountry
  • Desire to be a vibrant member of an enthusiastic working team and transformative non-profit organization


To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume online at Questions regarding the application may be submitted via email to Eric Giebelstein, Program Manager, at



SAWS is an equal opportunity employer and provides a drug-free workplace.

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