Seasonal Trail Crew Leader

This is a full-time 7.5-month seasonal position with the possibility for short-term extension and annual renewal. Full days will be spent on a variety of trail maintenance and construction projects that will include brushing and logout, tread repair, trail structure repair or construction with rock and/ or timber, and ecological restoration. Season Length: February 16 to September 30, 2021


The position expectations listed below are representative of the demeanor, knowledge, and ability of the applicant necessary to successfully carry out the essential duties and responsibilities of the job. Reasonable accommodations can be made as possible.


  • Professionally represent the Greenway Trust and follow and enforce all Greenway Trust policies.
  • Model a high standard of courtesy, selflessness, tolerance, hard work, and flexibility.
  • Engage, listen to, and learn from people with diverse perspectives and experiences.
  • Demonstrate strong communication skills and ability to motivate a team.
  • Act as liaison between the Trail Crew and the Middle Fork Valley Community Coordinator.

Project Implementation

  • Teach and ensure proper maintenance and construction techniques.
  • Delegate project work, motivate crew, and ensure quality control to the Greenway Trust and land manager specifications and standards.
  • Strong communication with Greenway Trust project managers.

Safety and Risk Management

  • Manage the crew’s physical safety and emotional well-being on and off the worksite.
  • Establish and maintain a culture of safety on the crew during all Greenway Trust projects.
  • Conduct daily COVID-19 safety check-in’s, enforce COVID-19 safety procedures, and provide firm, consistent feedback when mistakes are made.


  • Complete professional documentation of timesheets, vehicle mileage logs, project metrics, project reports, COVID-19 check-in forms, and incident reports in a timely manner.
  • Manage trails program and vehicle credit cards and receipts.

Physical and Mental Fitness

  • Work long days doing manual labor including building common trail structures, moving project materials, and operating equipment.
  • Work and live outside in inclement weather for extended periods of time.


A successful applicant brings a combination of the following certifications, knowledge, and experiences. Reasonable accommodations are possible.


  • Valid driver’s license and insurable driving record and ability to pass a criminal history background check.
  • Valid Wilderness First Responder certification or ability to obtain one prior to the date of employment.
  • Chainsaw/crosscut bucking training or experience.
  • Experience in proper use of tools and conducting routine maintenance of tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and ensure proper maintenance and construction techniques and tool safety to a new crew.


  • Experience driving four-wheel drive vehicles on unpaved roads.
  • Familiarity with and field experience with hoisting and rigging systems.
  • Experience with trail maintenance, construction and ecological restoration in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Familiarity with Pacific Northwest plant identification.
  • Outdoor/ experiential education and/ or adventure-based therapy and outdoor behavioral healthcare experience.


The Trail Crew Leader reports to the Middle Fork Valley Community Coordinator.


Compensation is $20.00 per hour.
Benefits for full-time seasonal employees include paid sick time (accruing at one hour per 40 hours worked), worker’s compensation coverage, participation in an Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangement (ICHRA) ($175 monthly contributed by the Greenway Trust), and optional participation in a 403(b)-retirement plan. This position is not eligible for paid time off including holiday pay. There may be a possibility of unpaid days off due to extenuating circumstances.


The Trail Crew is based out of the Greenway Trust Field Office at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, WA and will work on surrounding public lands. This position is contingent upon funding secured by the Greenway Trust. The Trail Crew works a 10-hour workday.

  • early and late season schedule: 4-days on/ 3-days off; Monday to Thursday.
  • summer schedule: 8-days on/6-days off; Thursday-Thursday, with the crew spike camped.


Please send in a cover letter, resume, references, any materials you wish to share that are related to your trail maintenance and construction experiences to:

Indicate which position you applying to in the email subject line. In the cover letter, please include your leadership style, including successes or failures that have shaped you as a leader, how you balance soft skills necessary for good leadership with technical project requirements, and how you have engaged in topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Cover letters should not exceed two pages.

Applicants for the Crew Leader position may be considered for a Crew Member positions. This position is open until filled; priority will be given to applications received by January 5, 2021.


The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust leads and inspires action to conserve and enhance the landscape from Seattle across the Cascade Mountains to Central Washington, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature. Our coalition of community members, businesses, government agencies, and donors is joined together by the ethos that when we have meaningful connections with our natural surroundings, we are healthier and happier, our communities are stronger and more equitable; our lives are better.
Nearly thirty years of collaboration and hard work have tested and strengthened the vision of the Mountains to Sound Greenway and resulted in this landscape being recognized as a National Heritage Area by the US Congress. We have proven to this region and the rest of the nation that collaborative conservation, pursued by a broad-based and inclusive coalition of partners, can affect positive change. Learn more at


The Greenway Trust strives to be a multicultural organization. We have contracted with a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consultant who is helping to guide us as we develop and grow. We acknowledge that we operate in a historically white-led field and that this process is long overdue. We are still early in this work and know that we will make mistakes, but we are committed to creating lasting structural changes that increase the diversity, equity, and inclusion internally in our workplace and externally in the communities we serve.


The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is following Washington State and King County guidelines in response to COVID-19. We have modified on-the-ground programming as needed to be safe during the pandemic. Our pandemic response plan can be found on our website at


The Greenway Trust is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, ancestry, genetic information, use of a service animal, honorably discharged veteran, military status, political ideology, personal appearance, family responsibilities, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law. Each person is evaluated on the basis of personal aptitude and merit.