RMC's Trail Crew

Not afraid to get a little muddy? Then this is the job for you!If you enjoy hard work and camraderie in the outdoors, and want to give something back to the White Mountains, the RMC's Trail Crew is a great opportunity!

Each summer, the RMC hires eight crew members to maintain the club's 110 miles of trails in the Northern Presidentials and the Crescent Range. After two to three weeks of patrolling of trails to remove blowdowns and clean drainages, the crew is split, and two groups of four work on two major erosion control projects. Crew members rotate through the projects, so they have variety during the course of the summer.

RMC's crews work long days, under demanding backcountry situations. Our crews work a five day week, and work takes place regardless of weather conditions, except during severe storms. Work sites are often remote, with extended periods of camping. Periodically, the crew will use one of the RMC's four shelters while working on a project.

Trail Crew Orientation takes place in June.The crews are responsible for accomplishing a wide variety of work on all of RMC's trails, including:

- Patrolling with axes and chainsaws to clear blowdowns on all of RMC's trails.
- Cleaning waterbars and ditches.
- Basic maintenance, including brushing, blazing and construction of rock cairns above treeline.
- Advanced, erosion control projects including installation of rock steps, waterbars, step stones, ditching, and bog bridges. Worked is accomplished to US Forest Service and State of New Hampshire Bureau of Trails work standards.

Housing is provided at no cost, at RMC's new valley facility for trail crews and caretakers, Stearns Lodge.

Chainsaws and axes are used to clear blowdowns.RMC's crew members each have their own, semi-permanent canvas tent, on a tent platform, on the Lodge grounds. Stearns Lodge provides cooking, dining and bathroom facilities. During many work weeks, however, the crews camp in the woods, hiking to the work site on Monday morning, and returning mid-day on Friday. Friday afternoons are spent maintaining tools, and preparing for the following week.

We welcome all applications, regardless of your prior trail work or background experience.

Please print out the application form and mail it to: Bob Drescher, RMC Trails Chair, P.O. Box 279, Gorham, NH, 03581. Email us questions anytime!

Interviews take place in the Northern White Mountains, or by phone. Typically, most interviews are scheduled between December 15 and February 1. Crew members are hired on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Randolph Mountain Club is a diverse organization, committed to equal opportunity in employment and program delivery. The Randolph Mountain Club prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political affiliation and familial status.


Related Links

Application Form
Trail Crew Projects
Photo Gallery: Trail Work and Caretaking
Stearns Lodge
Meet the Staff: Current Trail Crew
RMC Alumni: Previous Trail Crews