Field Project Specialist (position formerly titled Trail Crew Technical Advisor)
The Field Project Specialist works with trail crews to oversee and teach technical trail work and projects in various locations along the Pacific Crest Trail. Crews vary with a mix of corps crews, young adults, and adult volunteers working on one to 10 day projects in the front country and backcountry settings.
These full-time, seasonal positions run from week of June 13 through week of September 25, approximately 16 weeks. This position will spend six weeks in the backcountry of Central Oregon and Southern Washington fixing eroded sections of the PCT with an Student Conservation Corps crew. There will be in two different locations – one in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and one in the Mt Hood National Forest with potential for other projects depending on progress. The position will also provide technical support for volunteer projects and volunteer leadership development as time allows. The latter portion of the position’s term will be spent six weeks coordinating the SCA crew on backcountry projects in the Sky Lakes Wilderness of Southern Oregon. Work will involve repairing PCT tread in the northern half of the Wilderness.
Typical schedule will be working eight to nine days in the field with five to six days off. There will likely be a few weeks of four to five days on with two to three days off. This position will require some flexibility as we adapt to changing environmental conditions.
In this position, you will have the opportunity to:
What Makes You a Great Fit for this Position?
Desirable Skills and Certifications:
Typical Working Conditions and Travel:
The Field Project Specialists works from a satellite office located within the region under the direct supervision of the Regional Representative in the project area. Regular backcountry travel with substantial time overnight in the field is to be expected as well as weekends and some evenings. They are expected to communicate regularly on work projects. Typical office equipment used includes laptop computer, necessary peripherals, and other standard office equipment. Field equipment used includes hand tools such as Pulaskis, McLeods, pick mattocks, rock bars, sledgehammers, and shovels. Advanced tools used in the field include crosscut and chain saws, brush saws, and rigging systems.
Salary and Benefits:
This is a full-time hourly seasonal staff position. Weekly compensation depends on project schedule with an average between $700-$1000. Vehicle restricted to work-related travel will be provided as needed. PCTA covers travel expenses. Housing is not provided, however a housing differential/allowance is provided.
The new hire process includes conducting a criminal history record check after a conditional offer is made to the candidate. If there are convictions on the report, PCTA conducts an individualized assessment as to whether any convictions have a direct and adverse relationship with the specific job duties of the position. PCTA will consider the offense, how long it’s been since the applicant committed the offense and the nature of the job the applicant is applying for.
About the Pacific Crest Trail and the PCTA:
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) spans 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. One of America’s National Scenic Trails, the PCT reveals the beauty of the desert, the glaciated expanses of the Sierra Nevada, and the deep forests and commanding vistas of the Cascade Range.
The mission of the PCTA is to protect, preserve and promote the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail as a world-class experience for hikers and equestrians, and for all the values provided by wild and scenic lands. PCTA’s many stakeholders include hikers, equestrians, volunteers, members, donors, trail communities, public land managers, and many other partners. Our dedicated team includes 33 staff members and 10 current board members.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
PCTA acknowledges systemic racism and other social injustices and their impact on the PCT community. We have begun the journey of understanding racism and injustice and their impacts on people of color and others. We are committed to making change within our organization and to supporting change within the PCT community towards a more just and equitable future. See our website for more information about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
PCTA is an equal opportunity provider.
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