Now Hiring! – Trail Crew Job Announcement

Deschutes Trails Coalition is hiring a Trail Crew Leader and Trail Crew Members for the 2023 Season


  • Trail Crew Leader for the Deschutes Trails Coalition (DTC)Trail Crew
  • Trail Crew Member of the Deschutes Trails Coalition (DTC) Trail Crew

Duration:  May/June through end September/early October


  • Trail Crew Leader: $21 – 23/hour 
  • Trail Crew members: $17 – 19/hour

Who We Are

The Deschutes Trails Coalition (DTC) is a coalition of over 35 organizations and agencies representing public lands, outdoor recreation, conservation, tourism, businesses, and trail user groups. The mission of the Deschutes Trails Coalition is to work collaboratively to foster an exceptional regional trail system that is sustainably managed and balances the needs of people and nature.

A Unique Opportunity to Work on Trails and Build a Sustaining Trail Crew Program

To help further grow the capacity of trail maintenance resources in Central Oregon, the DTC is growing a Central Oregon Trail Crew pilot project this spring/summer. In 2022 DTC hired 2 trail crew members to work directly with the Deschutes National Forest (DNF) Trail Crew to share skills, build relationships, increase on-the-ground capacity and inform the building of a sustaining Central Oregon Trail Crew hosted by DTC. The goal for this program in 2023 is build a DTC-managed 4-person trail crew that serves as a shared resource for Central Oregon.

Job Description

All positions: Performing a variety of trail maintenance and project work throughout the Central Oregon trail network, DTC crew members will work in partnership with the DNF Trail Crew for, DTC partners, and as a stand-alone crew with occasional opportunities to lead volunteer work days. Trail work is arduous, requires endurance and the ability to work in a variety of conditions and environments, and work closely with other crew members and occasionally volunteers. Tasks range from hiking up to 12 miles/day while performing basic maintenance tasks such as logging out trails, cleaning drainage and brushing, to project work such as bridge construction, constructing trail features and new trail. Another facet of this position is to work directly with DTC staff to help inform the next phase of this program.

The work schedule is Mon – Thurs 7am – 5:30pm with occasional overnight hitches for multiple nights when working on remote projects. We aim to hire a 4-person professional crew, whose crew leaders will provide direction to DTC Trail Crew members; DTC crew members will be formally supervised by DTC staff and employed by Discover Your Northwest (DYNW) DTC’s fiscal sponsor.

Crew Leader Duties: Dailyleadership and field supervision of 3-person crew. This position will work closely with the Trails Coordinator to plan projects and crew schedules, discuss skills and tools needed, coordinate crew logistics, and provide overall support for crew operations.

Required Qualifications

  • The ability to hike long distances on backcountry trails carrying heavy loads and performing  physical labor.
  • Adaptable to working in changing environmental conditions, project schedule changes, and shifting needs.
  • Ability to work well with other crew members on a daily basis, as well as independently or with partnering groups of volunteers.
  • Approaches work with a positive attitude and sense of humor; has good communication skills.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working on trails or other outdoor work that demonstrates the ability to perform arduous physical work in the outdoor environment and changing conditions.

If interested, please reach out to Jana Johnson, Executive Director, Deschutes Trails Coalition at Hiring will take place in mid-late February. There will be more information to come about how to apply in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I’d love to hear from those with interest!