Hiring Crew Leaders

About Siskiyou Mountain Club 

Siskiyou Mountain Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving trails in the backcountry of Southwest Oregon and Northwest California. We have restored over 200 miles of trails that had become impassable and our crews do the hard work it takes to sustain approximately 400 miles of trails we have adopted.

We believe that it’s a privilege to work in the most remote and undeveloped wildlands on the Pacific Coast. We believe in giving everyone the chance to earn a spot at the table to contribute to our mission, and we aim to provide outstanding personal and professional growth opportunities for our employees.

We are an equal opportunity employer and place high value on a diverse workforce. Read more about our commitment to civil rights and social justice here.

Job Description 

Title: Corps Crew Leader

Crew Leaders are responsible for supervising the daily field operations of our Wilderness Conservation Corps crews, and they may also find themselves interfacing with the Strike Team or volunteers at times. With support from Program Managers, as well as the Assistant Crew Leaders who report to them, Crew Leaders commit the duration of their term to our Corps program to deliver a successful season through strong leadership, communication, and planning. Crew Leaders work a rigorous schedule managing our backcountry trail projects. They are also responsible for some duties in between work hitches.


Position runs March 15, 2024 through October 31, 2024, with some flexibility for the right candidate, and at least one vacation. Pay is $20 per hour. Position includes up to 1,125 hours regular time and up to 375 hours over time. Reports to Program Managers.


  • $500 Gear Allowance
  • Blue Cross Health Insurance package
  • Group housing may be available

    Job Summary

    Crew leaders commit to the duration of their term to support the Club’s Corps program and manage daily stewardship operations with Corps crews, staff, and volunteer crews. They direct and supervise interns on multi-day work hitches and are responsible for managing crews to achieve project goals set by Program Managers. Crew leaders flex into roles as needed to support field crews through strong leadership and exceptional backcountry trails skills. The Corps Program is their primary function, but Crew Leaders may find themselves supporting our Strike Team or volunteer trips.  

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Field Leadership

    • Manage Corps crews on eight-day work hitches
    • Provide support and supervision to assistant crew leaders
    • Serve as primary provider in First Aid and other emergency situations
    • Develop trip itineraries and provide necessary planning to lead successful work hitches
    • Responsibility for maintaining diligent safety protocols
    • Ensure interns, staff, and other participants are prepared for trips
    • Provide in-depth field training for interns, volunteers, and staff on tool use, backcountry skills, safety, and general trail maintenance
    • Maintain trails to Siskiyou Mountain Club standards
    • Set daily goals that align with project objectives developed by Program Managers
    • Assume responsibility for completing advanced tasks associated with projects. 
    • Facilitates classroom-style instruction in the field


      • Serve as primary liaison between crew and Program Managers
      • Deliver strong verbal instruction and effective briefings, debriefings, etc. to field crews
      • Provide guidance, direction, training and discipline to reports to maintain project objectives
      • Lead reviews for reports
      • Provide regular and effective feedback to interns and coordinate with management
      • Identify and report on personnel issues
      • Provide detailed project reports that include geographic data, photos, and other information requested

        Maintenance, training, and other duties

        • Ensure vehicles and tools are maintained, organized
        • Coordinate with Program Managers to maintain tool cache
        • Provide input for organizational and program development
        • Serve as ambassador at SMC events 
        • Other duties as assigned

          Required Skills and Experience

          • Minimum two seasons backcountry trails experience
          • Crosscut “B” Certified, or equal proficiency 
          • Ability to carry 50 pounds for 10 miles across rough terrain
          • Ability to supervise staff and interns on backcountry hitches 
          • Must be able to accept and work from professional feedback from supervisors
          • Must be able to provide feedback and follow through with subordinates
          • Exceptional verbal communication skills and strong writing abilities
          • Demonstrated leadership abilities
          • Punctuality and ability to work long and odd hours
          • Enthusiastic about working holidays and weekends
          • Ability to work independently in remote settings
          • Strong decision-making skills and ability to follow through
          • At least two full seasons of backcountry trail experience
          • Ability to coordinate with staff within and external partners
          • First Aid/CPR
          • Clean driving record and ability to pass SMC driving test
          • Strong computer skills

            Our application process

            Send a cover letter and resume to info@siskiyoumountainclub.org. If you are selected for the application process, we take applicants through a screening process and two interviews.

            If after reading this page thoroughly, you have questions, please call 541-708-2056. or email info@siskiyoumountainclub.org.

            Siskiyou Mountain Club is an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical​​​ condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or ​expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.