Seasonal Trail Crew Supervisor

To complete these projects, the Greenway Trust will hire an experienced trail crew from May through September of 2020. Trail crews will work in variable weather, in remote locations, on back and front country trails, on difficult terrain, and under physically demanding conditions, and regularly on overnight “spikes” to backcountry projects.

As a member of the Greenway Trust Stewardship Program, you’ll have the opportunity to work with an enthusiastic team in an energetic, productive and fast-paced environment. Through extensive hands-on involvement in projects and agency partnerships, you will gain experience in natural resource and public land management.  There will be opportunities to build leadership skills, gain field experience and work collaboratively on trail maintenance and construction projects.

The right candidate will be experienced and skilled in trail construction and maintenance techniques, be able to work both independently and in a leadership role with crews, have a minimum of two seasons on a trail crew with leadership responsibilities, is a strong communicator, detail-oriented and quality-driven, and possesses a general interest in the Greenway Trust’s mission and goals.



The Trail Crew Supervisor is a full-time, seasonal position with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. The Trail Crew Supervisor is responsible for the oversight of a seasonal trail crew consisting of one Crew Supervisor and three Trail Crew Members. The primary task for the crew will be the maintenance of existing trails and supporting construction of new trails within the Greenway landscape. The duties will include direct field supervision of a crew, mandatory safety check-ins and ensuring safety at work sites, operation of trail equipment and tools, leading backcountry spikes/hitches incorporating Leave No Trace principles and tracking and reporting of field results and trail crew timesheets.

The Greenway Trust mission is achieved through collaboration and partnership with the many members of the Greenway coalition – land managers, agency staff, nonprofit partners, volunteers. The trail crew represents the Greenway Trust in all interactions with our many partners and will be held accountable to the standards and expectations of Greenway Trust staff, land managers, and nonprofit partners.

The Trail Crew Supervisor should have a minimum of two seasons leading trail crews (trail maintenance and new construction), strong interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic, a professional approach to working with diverse individuals, volunteers, partner organizations and land managers and has general interest in the Greenway Trust’s mission and goals. The right candidate will be an experienced trail hand who is skilled in technical trail construction and maintenance techniques, is a strong communicator, detail-oriented, quality-driven, and is able to work with a positive attitude independently, in a leadership role with a trail crew, and with Greenway Trust project managers. The Trail Crew Supervisor should be able to hike long distances on a regular basis (10+ miles) while carrying and using common hand and power tools.

The Trail Crew will work closely with the Greenway Trust, multiple public land management agencies, contractors, other nonprofit staff, AmeriCorps members, and volunteers to accomplish project work. The Trail Crew Supervisor will work with Greenway Trust staff to ensure compliance with project requirements and standards, and will be responsible for monitoring safety, and reporting accomplishments and completing field reports. The Trail Crew Supervisor will also be responsible for managing interactions between the Trail Crew and members of the public and will represent the Greenway Trust in a professional manner.

  • Demonstrated ability to use soft skills in leadership, such as
    • Strong Work Ethic
    • Positive Attitude
    • Good Communication Skills
    • Time Management Abilities
    • Problem-Solving Skills
    • Collaborative Team Player
    • Ability to Accept and Learn from Feedback
  • Ability to hold self and crew accountable to Greenway Trust standards and expectations
  • Attention to detail and ability to accurately track and report on project metrics, activities, and accomplishments
  • Valid Wilderness First Responder certified, or ability to obtain certification by time of employment
  • Two or more seasons of leading backcountry trail crews
  • Valid driver’s license with insurable driving record, and ability to pass criminal history background check
  • Proven ability to work and live outside in inclement weather for extended periods of time
  • Proven ability to teach and ensure proper maintenance and construction techniques and tool safety to a new crew
  • Working knowledge of proper and safe use of trail tools and equipment (such as chainsaws, grip hoists, toters, common hand tools, et cetera)
  • Ability to work independently and with a team and to plan and prioritize multiple tasks


  • Experience with new trail construction of a highly technical nature
  • Chainsaw/crosscut bucking certification, training, or experience
  • Experience constructing rock retaining walls
  • Experience with Leave-No-Trace principles
  • Experience with trail maintenance and construction in the Pacific Northwest
  • Experience driving four-wheel drive vehicles on unpaved roads



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



Salary is $20.00 per hour.

This seasonal position is not eligible for paid time off including holiday pay. There may be a possibility of unpaid days off due to inclement weather. Benefits include all legally required items, including paid sick time that accrues at the rate of one hour per 40 hours worked, and the option of participation in the Greenway Trust retirement plan.



The trail crew will be based out of the Greenway Trust’s field base, located outside of Issaquah, WA.  Transportation from the satellite base to worksites throughout the Greenway will be provided. The trail crews will work a 10-hour workday, on an 8-days on/6 days off, Thursday-Thursday schedule, with the crew spike camped in front- and backcountry locations. The position is currently scheduled to run from late April through September 2020 with a possible extension thereafter.



Please reference which position you are applying to in your cover letter. The cover letter should have 2-3 examples of why you want to work for the Greenway Trust, your leadership style, including successes or failures that shaped your leadership, and how you balance technical requirements with the soft skills necessary for good leadership. Those applying for the Supervisor position may be considered for the Crew Member positions with no need to apply separately. This position is open until filled. Email cover letter, resume, references, and any materials you wish to share that are related to your trail maintenance and construction experience to:




The Greenway Trust Stewardship Program provides long-term stewardship of public and private land in the Mountains to Sound Greenway, which includes nearly 900,000 acres of public lands from Puget Sound to Central Washington. The Greenway Trust works closely with federal, state, county and city agencies, nonprofit partners, AmeriCorps conservation corps programs, and volunteers to complete ecological restoration (tree plantings, invasive plant survey and removal, riparian restoration, reforestation), forest road removal and road-to-trail conversion, trail maintenance and construction, and technical design, fundraising, implementation, and post-project maintenance.



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. Since 1991, collaboration and hard work have tested and strengthened the vision of the Mountains to Sound Greenway. We have proven to this region and the rest of the nation that collaborative conservation, convening a broad-based and inclusive coalition of partners, can effect positive change.

Enhancing people’s connections to nature drives the Greenway mission. 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.



The Greenway Trust is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law. Each person is evaluated on the basis of personal aptitude and merit.