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Three Regional Trail Stewardship Coordinators

Regional Satellite Offices in CA 

Open Positions:  Three Regional Trail Stewardship Coordinators (Southern California, Southern Sierra, Northern Sierra)


Regional Trail Stewardship Coordinator has strong outreach, organization, and trail maintenance skills to enhance and grow the PCTA’s regional volunteer trail maintenance programs to reduce deferred maintenance backlog on the PCT.

This position:

  • Works closely with staff, volunteer leaders, corps crew partners, and agency partners to provide professional project coordination and management, logistical support, and project leadership in the office and the field.
  • Works in coordination with volunteer program staff to recruit volunteers and foster greater partnerships and regional stewardship collaboration between local agencies, municipalities, and community organizations.
  • Coordinates, provides support for, and instructs at Trail Skills College training courses. Support programs focused on growing PCTA’s volunteer program and developing a racially diverse, inclusive, and equitable volunteer community


These are year-round, full-time positions currently funded for three years. While these are year-round positions, the work focus areas of each position vary by field season and location. (See regional addendums for additional information.)


See full job description and regional addendums on our website at:


What Makes You a Great Fit for this Position?

  • Minimum of two years of relevant professional experience or five years of substantial volunteer experience with conservation, trail work, ecological restoration, landscaping, or other outdoor stewardship projects
  • Educational or professional background in any of the following or related fields: natural resources management, parks management, environmental science or studies, nonprofit or volunteer management
  • Outdoor leadership in training, managing, and leading trail crews
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion values
  • Leave No Trace skills
  • Excellent trail maintenance, rehabilitation, and construction skills
  • Ability to maintain a safe working environment in the field.  Recruiting, communicating with, coordinating, teaching, and managing volunteers
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and ability to effectively build relationships and interact with people from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds
  • Ability to listen, give, and take feedback and learn
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong time management and detailed organizational skills with the ability to self-direct workflow to manage multiple projects at once and meet deadlines
  • Team player with initiative, determination, and flexibility who thrives in a fast-paced work environment
  • Proficiency using a computer, Microsoft Office, Outlook, and databases; comfortable learning new technology systems as needed
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends
  • Ability to read, write, and communicate fluently in English
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, excellent motor vehicle record, and be able to drive vehicles


About the Pacific Crest Trail and the PCTA:

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) spans 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. One of America’s National Scenic Trails, the PCT reveals the beauty of the desert, the glaciated expanses of the Sierra Nevada, and the deep forests and commanding vistas of the Cascade Range. Untold thousands of hikers and equestrians enjoy this international treasure each year. Some only travel a few miles, while others complete every mile in a single season.   


The mission of the PCTA is to protect, preserve and promote the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail as a world-class experience for hikers and equestrians, and for all the values provided by wild and scenic lands. PCTA’s many stakeholders include hikers, equestrians, volunteers, members, donors, trail communities, public land managers, and many other partners. Our dedicated team includes 27 staff members and 12 current board members. Our organizational values include:

  • The Passion and Leadership of People – Passion for the trail experience continues to spread, inspiring remarkable contributions from our volunteer leaders, staff, partners, and the rest of the PCT community. 
  • Collaboration – Internally, we are a highly collaborative and mutually-supportive team. Externally, we are committed to mutual trust and respect with our partners. We resolve differences when they may emerge with respect and civility.
  • Integrity – Our success and reputation depend on our integrity as an organization. Therefore we use consistent, reliable decision-making to guide our efforts. We apply common sense and good judgment to our work, and recognize our essential responsibility to use contributions and resources to best support the trail.
  • Stewardship and Philanthropy – We could not achieve our mission without the generosity, commitment and philanthropic support of our volunteers, members and donors who share these values.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – PCTA acknowledges systemic racism and other social injustices and their impact on the PCT community. We have begun the journey of understanding racism and injustice and their impacts on people of color and others. We are committed to making change within our organization and to supporting change within the PCT community towards a more just and equitable future. 


PCTA will also be updating our mission, vision, and values in 2022.    


Typical Working Conditions and Travel:

The Regional Trail Stewardship Coordinator works under the direct supervision of the Regional Representative in the project area. This position works from a satellite office located within the region. They are expected to prioritize their work to meet the day-to-day demands and ongoing assignments. They are expected to communicate regularly on work projects. Regular overnight travel is to be expected, as is an irregular work schedule that will include weekend and evening work. Extended backcountry travel is to be expected. PCTA covers travel expenses.


Salary and Benefits:

The salary range is $41,000 to $62,000. Starting salary is dependent on the level of experience.

Benefits include paid holidays, vacation, and sick time, health, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability. Eligible for 401(k) plan after one year of employment.


Eligibility Requirements:

As part of the new hire process, the successful candidate will be asked to complete a Form I-9 in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act. As part of this compliance, the successful candidate must present documents, which identify you and indicate you are eligible to work in the United States within three days of hire.


The new hire process also includes conducting a criminal history record check after a conditional offer is made to the candidate. If there are convictions on the report, PCTA conducts an individualized assessment as to whether any convictions have a direct and adverse relationship with the specific job duties of the position. PCTA will consider the offense, how long it’s been since the applicant committed the offense and the nature of the job the applicant is applying for.


To Apply:

The deadline to apply is September 29.  E-mail resume, letter of interest, and list of three references to with the subject line “Regional Trail Stewardship Coordinator” and the region you are interested in applying for. If you are interested in more than one location, please state that in your email subject line and letter of interest. Please include your name in each document (i.e., “jsmith resume,” “jsmith references”). Interviews will be held on October 25, 26 and 27 with negotiable start dates. A full job description for this position and more information about Pacific Crest Trail Association at For questions, contact Jennifer Tripp at (916) 285-1853.

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Posted September 10, 2021

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