Seasonal Trail Maintenance Youth Program Internship in Washington state

From the Washington Trails Association

January 14, 2010


Position description
The Trail Maintenance Youth Program intern is a field-based position located in various regions of Washington State. The intern will work as an Assistant Crew Leader on trail and help manage camp for Washington Trails Association’s summer youth program. The intern works directly with the Youth Program Crew Leader and reports directly to WTA’s Youth Programs Coordinator.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Safely motivate and lead a crew of ten 14-18 year old volunteers of diverse backgrounds
Work directly with youth program Crew Leader
Supervise volunteers at camp
Assist with set up and break down of camp
Engage youth volunteers in all aspects of camp life
Provide support to Crew Leader on trail projects
Communicate with youth volunteers and parents
Remain calm and manage emergency situations (First Aid & CPR certification required)

About WTA
Washington Trails Association (WTA) is a non-profit organization helping to protect the hiking trails of Washington. Our primary focus is keeping trails open to hikers through maintenance and advocacy. With more than 700 work parties annually, WTA has one of the largest volunteer trail maintenance programs in the country. Throughout the year, volunteers maintain, repair and build hiking trails throughout Washington State.

The work weeks run from Sunday afternoon to Friday afternoon, with Saturdays off (the full schedule is at under “Youth Vacations”). The intern will camp during the work week. The summer program runs mid-June through end of August.

Desired qualifications
Experience working with youth in outdoor setting
Have ability to work independently, but also contribute to a team effort
Skills in trail maintenance and building preferred, but not necessary
Must be comfortable camping and living in an outdoor environment
Must have interpersonal skills sufficient to insure a fun, safe, and quality volunteer experience
Must be available from June through the end of August
WFA or WFR certification
Valid driver’s license
Reliable vehicle (WTA provides mileage reimbursement)

Compensation is a stipend of $300/week, plus meals provided

To Apply
Provide a resume, a brief cover letter describing your experience and qualifications, and at least two references.

Email the above materials to:
Krista Dooley
Youth Programs Coordinator
Washington Trails Association
2019 Third Ave., Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98121

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