Maine Appalachian Trial Club is Hiring!

Maine Appalachian Trail Club

2018 Season

Put your passion for the Appalachian Trail to work!  Apply for summer trail crew jobs in Maine and make friendships that will last a lifetime.

Maine Trail Crew Leader

Passionate about the outdoors? Do your best thinking from a mountain summit?

Teach and lead a volunteer a trail crew doing trail reconstruction work on the Appalachian Trail at remote sites on the mountains of Maine. Projects include building stone steps, waterbars and retaining walls and as well as new trail.  Activities focus on quality trail building, teamwork and learning opportunities for volunteers.  Advanced training with stone cutting, stone work, Griphoist rigging systems and other trail work will be presented as well as training with first aid and leadership techniques.   Sorry, no pets are allowed.


  • One or more seasons of trail work experience
  • Some experience with outdoor leadership
  • Willingness to take responsibility for of all aspects of a trail crew
  • Maintain records and photos of each week’s project
  • Ability to teach trail skills
  • Previous experience building stone structures
  • Good health and physical fitness
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Ability to maintain a safe and enjoyable work environment under challenging conditions
  • Ability to motivate and work with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Comfortable working without direct supervision

Pay:  $13.15 per hour plus housing and meals provided (valued at $150 per week)

Housing is on an island in Branns Mill Pond, Dover Foxcroft, Maine.

Dates:   May 19 – August 25, 2018.  Work includes weekends.

To Apply: send your resume, cover letter and 3 references to:

Lester C. Kenway

PO Box 8057

Bangor ME 04402

Or by email to [email protected].

Applications accepted until the positions are filled, preference for to those received by March 31, 2018.


Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation is Hiring!

Lead Crew Leader (summer) *Must be a City of Boston resident*

Employment Dates: June 25 – August 24, 2018

SWBCDC’s Green Team is a youth jobs and environmental stewardship program which employs Hyde Park youth ages 15-18 to restore Hyde Park’s urban wilds, clean and beautify the business district and educate and engage residents in these efforts. Youth receive job readiness training and environmental education through workshops and field trips. They develop job readiness skills such as proper workplace conduct, team work and conflict resolution. They gain landscaping and trail-building skills; youth leadership and civic engagement skills; and knowledge of local ecology. The Team travels between work sites by bicycle, learning about road safety and basic bicycle maintenance. To learn more about the Green Team please visit our website:

Learn more about the position here.


Please send resume and cover letter via email or mail to: Patricia Alvarez, SWBCDC Assistant Director, [email protected]; 11 Fairmount Ave. Suite 101, Hyde Park, MA 02136; 617-364-7300 (o), 617-990-4498 (c).

Southwest Boston CDC is an equal opportunity employer.

National Crew Leader Training is Underway!

Last week at National Crew Leader training our returning leaders had the opportunity to present and lead modules.  Pictured below are Brice Smith and Scott Milliman teaching crosscut saw techniques.  We want to send a great big THANK YOU to all of our returning leaders for helping out!

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Introducing Tech Tips

Training doesn’t end when we head into the field each spring. It’s up to every one of us to continue our own professional development and to learn new skills that can be applied to being a successful outdoor leader. With help from the ETE (Education, Training, and Evaluation) department, we will continue to post informative articles and technical tips that will provide ways to expand your skills and knowledge. Find an archive of Tech Tips to come on our “Professional and Skills Development” tab in “The Sump” drop down menu.

Tech Tips #1: Here’s a great resource for trail construction and maintenance techniques from the Pacific Crest Trail Association’s Trail Skills College. John Schubert, one of our senior Conservation Work Skills instructors authored much of the content. It’s available for use by anyone as long as credit is given to PCTA for the content.  Here’s a link


Please feel free to send your own Tech Tips submissions to Josiah Downey and we can get them posted for all to see!

Update Your Application for 2014! (Helpful Guide)

As we move into 2014, we here at SCA are already working towards the quickly approaching field season.  With the New Year, comes a new application.  With the new application comes a mandatory update, please  login to MySCA and get your “Basic Application Information” updated. Here’s a short workflow to help you through the process.

When you login, select “Update” for your Leader application.  Once inside you’ll notice all the tabs are red. 

Go through the red tabs and enter your information, the red denotes that it’s a required field.  After completing each section, be sure to hit the “Save” and then “Done” buttons. This should then turn the tab from red to blue.

Once you’ve updated your Basic Application Information, select the Leader tab to update your Leader Application. Remember to save and then submit your application when finished.

Hooray! You did it! When finished, make sure your Status Overview shows your Basic Application as well as your Leader Application as “Complete.”

If you have any questions or encounter trouble during this process, send us an email at [email protected] or just give us a call. We’re here to help.

Thanks for your continued patience!

The Field Leaders Department

Tips for USAJOBS Application

We all know the USAJOBS website can be frustrating at times. So we put together a little list of helpful tips from former Leaders that have secured a federal job through the site.


Let us know if you have any tips you think should be added!


New SCA Website Design. We are Here to Help you Navigate it!

Hello wonderful Field Leaders,

This morning we launched a new design for Needless to say this will throw off your normal routine navigating the site. We are here to help you figure it out! Here are a couple quick links that will help you get to the Leader program specific pages:

Field Leader Home Page

Field Leader Position Types

Current Field Leader Openings

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions about this at all: [email protected] or [email protected]

Thanks for your patience!


Conservation Curriculum Reader Survey Says?

Thank you to everyone who participated in our latest survey about the Conservation Curriculum Reader for youth programs. As promised here are the results below for you all to enjoy and reflect upon. We will be using this information in the planning process for upcoming youth programs. Specifically, addressing some of the key concerns around specific implementation strategies, reducing the number of hours of teaching in the field, and tailoring the resource to be more program specific. So, thank you again for your time and effort. We greatly appreciate your help in the crafting of SCA’s educational message.

CCR Survey Results Summary 2013