Wilderness Trail Crew Member

Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) is looking for individuals with an enthusiasm for protected public lands to join our team.

Position Title: Field Crew Member

Position Duration: August 21 – Late October 2019

Status: Temporary/Seasonal

Compensation: $11.00 per hour

Position Supervisor: Program Manager

Location: Asheville, North Carolina


About Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS)

We are a passionate 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, serving as a resource to our local partners and the federal land managing agencies we work with.

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, South Carolina, and Virginia to provide stewardship through our four program areas: field crews, wilderness rangers, volunteers, and education.

Position Summary

Field Crew Members will work on a crew of 6, comprised of a Field Crew Leader, an Assistant Field Crew Leader, and 4 Field Crew Members. Field Crew Members will complete 10 weeks working on multiday backcountry field projects for up to 10 days at a time. Field crews may address projects such as, but not limited to:

  • Trail relocations
  • Erosion control (installation of water bars, grade dips, log or stone steps, etc.)
  • Mitigating campsite impacts
  • Reestablishing trail tread
  • Brushing trail corridors and removing downed trees
  • Baseline species data collection
  • Non-native and invasive species removal
  • Public education (Leave No Trace, bear safety and awareness, Wilderness education, etc.)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Complete field crew member training, including trail construction, trail maintenance, backcountry camp set up and procedures, Leave No Trace ethics, and backpacking skills
  • Work with crew members with leadership from crew leaders to effectively complete critical backcountry stewardship projects
  • Assist in developing and maintaining strong, positive relationships with US Forest Service personnel, partner organization staff, and partner organization volunteers
  • Create media (blogs, photography, video, etc.) to share for reporting and documentation
  • Follow and practice SAWS organizational policies in the field
  • Maintain a safe, positive, and fun working environment
  • Maintain high standard levels for project completion


  • Enthusiasm for the SAWS mission, environmental conservation, public lands, and the Southern Appalachian landscape
  • Ability to travel on foot over rough terrain for up to 10 miles per day while carrying 50 lbs or more
  • Ability to work in a remote and primitive setting with diverse groups of people
  • Desire to be a vibrant member of an enthusiastic working team and transformative non-profit organization and to make a difference for the surrounding landscape and communities

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume through the application below.

Questions regarding the application may be submitted via email to Katie Currier, Program Manager at katiecurrier@wildernessstewards.org.

Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

SAWS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides a drug-free workplace.


2019 Employment Application

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