White Mountain Professional Trail Crew

White Mountain Professional Trail Crew

Trail Crew, White Mountains, N.H.
White Mountains Trail Programs

The AMC Trail Crew is one of the oldest, well-known professional trail crews in the nation, with a reputation for hard work and high standards. Focusing primarily on heavy reconstruction of hiking trails in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Maine, the trail crew works to protect and restore natural resources and the environment through high quality trail work. The 15 to 22 person crew is made up of conservation-minded and energetic young people with diverse backgrounds. Typically, crew members work two to four seasons, gaining more responsibility and leadership with each returning season. After a short training stint in Wilderness First Aid, tool and use maintenance, basic trail work skills, and advanced trail building skills the crew completes a rigorous early season trail clearing the remainder of the season is spent in rotating crews of four to six people which spend five days each week working on reconstruction projects, generally in the back country. Crews pack in all tools, food, equipment, and supplies to camps set up near the work sites. Trail crew members have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects with all other crew members and see much of the White Mountain area. Dirt, mud, black flies, and mountain weather are all part of the challenges of working and living in the back country. The demands of the job require true dedication to; conservation and restoration of trails, desire to learn and develop various leadership and trail skills, good physical conditioning, a willingness to work hard outdoors, commitment to safety, and the ability to work as a part of a close-knit team. The crew is based at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center where housing is provided on weekends and when the crew is not camping out during the week. Food, tools and camping equipment are provided.

The bulk of trail crew positions run from mid-May to late-August (summer season), with season extensions available into November - Hours vary within a 40-hour workweek.

Hiring process:

Beginning in January, applications are reviewed until the positions are filled with preference given to candidates who can meet the summer season schedule at a minimum. Fall applications are reviewed as positions become available. Please complete the online application (preferred) or submit a resume. Qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews by email.


Perform trail maintenance in effort to protect the natural environments of the White Mountain region.

Perform heavy reconstructive trail work including but not limited to: trail relocations, tread hardening, rock construction (waterbars and staircases), timber structures (bog bridges and waterbars), and new trail construction.

Patrol AMC’s 360+ miles of trails to clear blowdowns, clean drainages, and check trail conditions.

Report trail conditions to the Trails Supervisor.

Perform trail maintenance in various and sometimes adverse weather conditions.

Perform trail maintenance in various terrains: riparian areas, steep and rugged spruce-fir forests, talus fields, alpine zones, etc.

Assist with back country camp chores; cooking, cleaning, proper food storage, etc.

Use and maintain tools and equipment to the highest safety standards in both front country and back country settings.

Function well as a member of a tightly knit work crew.


Commitment to resource and trail protection efforts.

Ability to work and live in remote back country settings for extended periods of time.

Ability to carry heavy loads (50+ lbs.) for long distances over rugged terrain.

Hand- and power-tool training and familiarity.

Commitment to back country stewardship and Leave No Trace ethics.

Good judgment, communication, and problem-solving skills.

Must have safe driving record and practices, subject to verification through a driver's license history check.

Must be 18 or older at time of employment.

Desired Skills:

Knowledge of White Mountains and the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Trail Work experience

Wilderness First Aid certification or higher


We prefer that you use the online application to send us your information.

 If you need to mail it to us, please send snail mail to:

Zack Urgese

AMC White Mountains Trails Supervisor

PO Box 298

Gorham, NH 03581


The Appalachian Mountain Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes diversity in the workplace. Our goal is to be a community that is comfortable, inviting, and accessible for people of any age, regardless of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status

Job Categories: trail work job, trail crew job, trail maintenance, New England trail crew

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