Backcountry Trails Program Corpsmember

Backcountry Trails Program

About the organization

The Backcountry Trails Program was established in 1979, as a special program of the California Conservation Corps. The Backcountry Trails Program is also part of AmeriCorps, making our members part of a national service movement that focuses on environmental conservation.
We are looking for 92 diverse young adults ages 18-25 who are willing to leave behind the conveniences of modern life and venture into the mountains to spend five exhausting months doing some of the most challenging and ultimately rewarding work of their lives.


Selected participants will be assigned to one of 6 crews working in a variety of locations across California. Locations can vary, but usually include Yosemite, King's Canyon, Stanislaus, Inyo, and Klamath.
The backcountry is physically and mentally demanding. Crews live for five and half continuous months in remote wilderness camps and hike up to 20 miles per day at elevations up to 13,000 feet. Crews spend their days performing trail work that includes logging, brushing and rebuilding trails; clearing and digging drains; rerouting trails around fragile areas; repairing damaged meadows; building and repairing bridges; and building waterbars, steps, rip rap, retaining walls and causeways out of rock or wood materials.
Backcountry camps are located up to 30 miles from the nearest road, store, phone, or electrical outlet. Camps are extremely primitive. The food is great and delivered by pack mules once a week, along with mail and other supplies. Corpsmembers learn how to build a healthy, inclusive community where everyone treats each other with respect and consideration, and has an open mind to the ideas and feelings of others.
In addition to the daily work requirements, members participate in training and educational courses on topics like native fauna and flora identification, natural history, wilderness survival, wilderness first aid, career development, community building, and health and safety. Eligible members receive a monthly stipend, health benefits, and an


• Be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, U.S. National, or have a green card.
Applicants do NOT need to be California residents.
• Be between the ages of 18 and 26 years old by the start of the program.
• Not be on formal probation or parole at the start of the program.
• Clear all components of the Criminal History Background Check prior to start of program which include: FBI National Check, CA DOJ Check, State or Residence if other than CA check, and National Sex Offender Public Website Check.
• Pass a pre-employment drug test (urine test) upon arrival at orientation.
• Pass a pre-employment physical demonstrating applicants are physically and mentally able to perform the essential duties of the position.
• Be able start and finish on the established program dates and have no reason to leave the program barring personal and family emergencies, personal resignation, or disciplinary termination.
• Have a working e-mail address.


1900.00 month

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

We are working on changing our application to make it more user friendly. They will be coming out by October. In the meantime feel free to checkout our website, send us a resume or give me (Chelsea Saeland, Program Coordinator) a call at 707-601-5617 to answer any additional questions.
Applications and instructions will be available on our website at Applications are due by February 18th, 2021

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