2014 Trail Crew

Get paid to have the summer of your life

Request for applications:

The Siskiyou Mountain Club is hiring for our summer trail crew. You’ll work throughout the summer on different trail projects in southwest Oregon’s most beautiful wilderness. The crew participates in nightly readings from America’s great outdoor authors, keeps a daily journal, and submits three essays of the summer.

The crew works for 36-44 hours a week and receives an $80 educational stipend. One half of the educational stipend is paid out to crew members. The other half of the stipend is accrued over the summer and deposited into your student account for 2014-2015 tuition after completing the program.

After being accepted into the program, you will be required to participate in three training weekends. Starting in June you’ll backpack into southwest Oregon’s most remote Wilderness and work for up to 12-days at a time on trail restoration and construction projects. Projects include construction of a new trail to the base of Pilot Rock, and restoration projects in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area. The work is arduous and equally as rewarding.

$40 per week is deducted from your stipend to pay for food.

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This is an opportunity to make some money for college and save some cash. Build your career skills, and have the adventure of your life in southwest Oregon’s most beautiful places.

Veterans and non-traditional students are highly encouraged to apply.

Preference will be given to applicants who participate in non-required volunteer adventures. Read more and sign up.

We are an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered without regard to age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.


Applicants must be 18-25 years old and legal residents of Jackson, Josephine or Curry County. You must be willing to lift fifty pounds, hike long distances, and perform arduous physical labor. Tasks include but are not limited to: carrying rock, operating a two-person crosscut saw, using swinging tools and clippers.

Applicants must have or obtain sturdy, ankle-supporting boots, basic work apparel, lightweight sleeping bag, backpack and other basic camp supplies.

Hired applicants must participate in three mandatory orientation weekends May 17-18, May 24-26, and May 31-June 1. The SMC provides transportation or compensation for travel.

Mike and Kolby

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Tentative work calendar

Dates and project locations are tentative and subject to change.

Date Description Rendezvous location(s)
May 17-18 2-day required training, includes classroom work, 1st Aid/CPR class and overnight campout. Cave Junction, OR
May 24-26 3-day required orientation. Difficult 2-night backpack in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area. Hike 6-miles to camp and work on heavy brushing projects. Meet other volunteers and get basic field skills. Cave Junction, OR
May 31-June 1 2-day required orientation in the Kalmiopsis wilderness area. Hike in three-miles and camp-out with your new crew. Cave Junction, OR
June 14-18 5-day Pilot Rock Trail construction project. Camp in the Soda Mountain Wilderness and spend 5-days building rock walls and building new trail to the base of Pilot Rock. Ashland, OR
June 20-July 2 12-day trail restoration project in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area. Backpack far into the Wilderness and work on heavy restoration projects. Base camp in extremely remote country. Brookings, OR
Aug 8-18 Pilot Rock construction and other work in Soda Mountain Wilderness Area. Ashland, OR
Aug 29 – Sept 8 10-day restoration project in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area. Brookings, OR