Backcountry Lead Caretaker- VT

The Green Mountain Club
Waterbury Center, VT, USA 05677
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$720/week - Other
Last Date to Apply
(Please read Backcountry Caretaker position description as well). As a Backcountry Lead Caretaker, your are responsible for supervising a crew of caretakers either in Southern Vermont or on Mt. Mansfield or Camel's Hump. Duties are divided between trail maintenance, hiker education, developing crew skills, managing crew schedules, tool needs, ongoing projects, and more. Caretakers are NOT rangers; you'll teach and employ friendly education and stewardship techniques at the Green Mountains' most popular hiking areas in order to encourage safe, low-impact hiking practices and to protect the trail. Trail Maintenance: Lead Caretakers will oversee, teach, and perform trail maintenance in their range. This work will include repairing drainage structures, cutting blowdowns, installing puncheon, and repainting signs and blazes. You will also maintain the shelters, privies, and trail structures within your range. Leads will become well-versed in backcountry waste management and provide oversight of the operation of composting outhouses on their mountain. Hiker Education: Leads will teach and model positive hiker education about low-impact hiking practices and about fragile natural areas which support many rare and endangered species. Leads will promote an approach to education which is catered to each hiker and which relies on the authority of the resource, not the threat of punishment. Lead Caretakers must be able to work independently and with a group, with the public and behind-the scenes, All caretakers must be comfortable spending 4 nights per week camping in a tent, sometimes alone and sometimes sharing campsites with the public. Caretakers are responsible for their own food and transportation to/from the trailhead and days off. Green Mountain Club provides tents or shelters, stoves, stove fuel, tools, field guides, maps, and informational resources. Communal day-off housing is available in Waterbury Center and Danby, VT. Locations: Southern Vermont: One Lead Caretaker will work in Southern Vermont work on the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail within the Green Mountain National Forest. They will supervise three Caretakers (Little Rock Pond, Griffith Lake, Stratton Pond), and one Coolidge Range Ridgerunner who maintains ~30 miles of trail and six shelters in the Killington Peak area. Lead Caretakers will generally spend nights at GMC-provided housing in Danby, but will camp overnight at caretaker sites, non-staffed sites, and in the backcountry as necessary. The Southern Lead Caretaker is supervised by the Caretaker Field Supervisor and Field Programs Coordinator. Northern Vermont: Two Lead Caretakers are based in Northern Vermont. Mt. Mansfield and Camel's Hump are both busy peaks which feature fragile alpine ecosystems. The Lead Caretakers for each of these mountains will supervise crews of 2-4 Caretakers. Northern Lead Caretakers spend about half their time in the alpine zone, encouraging responsible visitation, and half performing maintenance work, planning, and administrative work. Northern Leads spend 4 nights per week in the field, split between a state-owned cabin and overnight shelters on their mountains. Northern Leads are supervised by the Caretaker Field Supervisor and Field Programs Coordinator. 2022 Position Dates: Commitment to full season strongly preferred. Some start/end date flexibility may be discussed. Full Season: May 2 - October 14 Summer: May 2 - August 12 Fall: Mid August - October 14 Schedule: Five days per week, typically including weekends. Camping on-site required four nights per week. Regular weekly schedule assigned at start of season. Compensation: $720/week, plus housing. Benefits: Housing provided, Wilderness First Aid class included with training, Retirement (403b) matching, eligible for pro deal gear discounts. Leads may have the opportunity for further trainings such as chainsaw or crosscut certification. Lead Backcountry Caretaker Responsibilities: Oversee and support a crew of caretakers in their regular duties. Oversee maintenance of backcountry facilities, including privies. Directly coordinate and assist with maintenance of hiking trails using hand tools. Compile and submit weekly use data from caretakers Coordinate weekly schedules for crew, including group work projects. Coordinate communication with and among crew, via cell phone and/or radio. Develop healthy and supportive working relationships with and between crew. Maintain high standards of work and safety in a range of weather conditions. Educate hikers about fragile ecosystems at high-use sites along the Long Trail. Coordinate acquisition of supplies with crew and Field Supervisor. Staff overnight sites as needed, including collecting use fees and acting as knowledge resource for campers. Write formal End of Season report if leaving in October or informal mid-season report if leaving in August. Encourage and model Leave No Trace practices and low impact behaviors on trails and at summits, ponds, camping areas, and backcountry shelters. Serve as professional backcountry representative of the GMC, both as knowledge source and as behavioral role model. Carry first aid kit and sufficient supplies to travel safely in the backcountry at all times. Voluntarily participate in Search and Rescue operations. Assist with weekly cleaning of staff housing. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Lead Backcountry Caretaker Qualifications: Valid driver's license required Strong backpacking and outdoor skills Ability to live independently and work in a remote area with little supervision Comfort working multiple days outdoors in sometimes adverse weather conditions Comfort with basic hand tools (trail maintenance training provided during orientation) Knowledge of Leave No Trace principles (training provided during orientation) Ability to effectively communicate with individuals and groups Environmental and/or outdoor education experience preferred Basic knowledge of Long Trail/Appalachian Trail system Wilderness First Aid certification (class available free-of-charge during orientation) Must be willing to work weekends and holidays, these are the busiest days on trail! Physical Requirements: Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds at a time Ability to be on foot for prolonged periods of time, including hiking several miles with a heavy pack Ability to perform difficult manual labor and to carry heavy loads as a regular part of the workday APPLY HERE For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.
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Isaac Alexandre-Leach
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