Pacific Northwest Trail Association

Volunteer Opportunities

By joining the Pacific Northwest Trail Association (PNTA), you have taken the first step to help protect and preserve the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (PNNST) for future generations; but if you are interested in helping out even more, there are a number of opportunities available.

Join a Volunteer Trail Crew

The construction of the Pacific Northwest Trail has been in the process for years by work crews organized and lead by the PNTA. Some of these crews are made up of volunteers who donate their time and effort to help develop and maintain the trail. If you are looking for a challenging activity that is both enjoyable and rewarding and that gives you the chance to work in the outdoors and be with some wonderful people, you've come to the right place! The PNTA, along with other hiking and equestrian groups, assists the US Forest Service, National Park Service, State Parks, and other agencies with the care of the PNNST.

The Pacific Northwest Trail Association's has a number of active volunteer groups that work on different sections of the trail. To find a group near you start your search here.

Organize a Volunteer Trail Crew for a section of trail in your area

The PNTA will help with organization and provide tools and supplies for trail work along the PNNST. If you're interested in starting a trail maintenance group in your area contact the PNTA main office at (877) 854-9415 or by email.

Help out at conferences and events

The PNTA often needs volunteers to assist with local and regional events, meetings and conferences, and to give out PNTA information. For details on these events, send us an email.

PNTA Office Volunteers

Volunteers are always needed to assist with membership mailings and assist with other administrative tasks and special projects at our main office in Sedro Woolley WA. For more information, or to volunteer, send us an email.

Submit articles or photos for the Nor'wester Magazine

The PNTA is always interested in stories and photos about experiences or activities along the trail to publish in the Nor'wester, some of which are then used on our website. For more information on publishing deadlines for the magazine or how to contribute articles or photos, contact: The Executive Director.

Volunteer with cooperating agencies and trail organizations

In addition to the PNTA volunteer programs, some agencies offer volunteer opportunities, as do many of our fellow hiking and equestrian organizations. For information, we suggest that you contact the agencies and organizations directly. Visit our Trail Maintenance links section for contact information Click here.


When you join the Pacific Northwest Trail Association, you become a member of the group of people dedicated to preserving and protecting the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail. Every dollar we raise goes to support, construct and maintain the 1200 miles of trail. Become a Member

Corporate and Individual Sponsors

Corporate and Individual Sponsors play a critical role in supporting the efforts of the Pacific Northwest Trail Association. Becoming a sponsor of the PNTA assist with construction, preservation and management of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail in a manner that makes a lasting contribution to the recreation, education, and enjoyment of present and future generations. more information

Volunteers Vacations

Every year the PNTA joins with American Hiking Society to host the Volunteer Vacations program. This year, we are hosting 2 vacations in the Mt Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest. Volunteers are taken to the back country for 8 days for some good old-fashion trail work. It's a great opportunity to meet some fun people and experience trail life at its best...more..