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Student Conservation Association Trail Intern in Arlington, Virginia

Trail Intern

Expected Dates

June 1, 2020toAugust 23, 2020


Rocky Mountain National Park

Position ID


Assist with maintenance of park trails, including clearing downed trees off trails, limbing, brushing trails and cleaning drainage structures; assist with reconstruction of park trails, including building rock and log waterbars/checkdams and rebuilding footlogs and horse bridge and other trail structures; assist with Search and Rescue operations, other park operations and projects (possible). This physically demanding work includes hiking up to 10 miles in a day. You may stay in backcountry camps and assist animal packers with pack animals and work with volunteers. It is desired that applicants have some knowledge in trail work and maintenance, the ability to live and work in close crew contact including in a backcountry camp setting and the willingness to be a team player working with a 4-8 person trail crew. Out of the field housing will be either a shared bedroom in a bunkhouse or a shared apartment/house. Although not required, it is suggested you have access to a personal vehicle. Lack of transportation will not be a severe problem for personal travel, but a vehicle will greatly increase participant’s enjoyment of the area. Intern reimbursement generally does not exceed the budgeted amount.Compensation amounts:

  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance

  • $500 - weekly living allowance

  • AmeriCorps eligible ($1,612 education award)

  • Housing

All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxesThis position is dependent on confirmation of federal funds and the execution of an agreement

  • Location Description

This position will be housed inside the national park near the town of Grand Lake, CO.

  • Training Provided

First aid and CPR, basic and technical Search and Rescue, hazard awareness and various trail construction techniques (rigging, chain saw operations and rock drilling).

  • Educational/Recreational Opportunities

Located in RMNP, the intern will have several recreational opportunities such as rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, etc… The intern will get exposure to trail maintenance, park ecology, resource preservation, backcountry safety and park management.

  • Handicap Accessible?


Main Area of Focus

Backcountry/Trail work

Education, Training & Skills Expected


competent without supervision


competent with supervision

Leadership Experience

some experience

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible


Housing or Stipend Provided?


Shared apartment or bunkhouse situation. If the intern will be sharing a bedroom then they will be matched with another park employee of the same sex, although individual rooms are usually available.



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