The PNTA's SKY Performance Crew program provides young adults, 16 – 18 years of age, with a unique opportunity to learn and apply trail construction and maintenance skills. By working as stewards of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail and other trails in Eastern Washington, these young men and women serve their communities and our public lands, by providing outstanding recreation opportunities for visitors to the area.
All Performance Crew Members are fully compensated and trained to perform at a professional level, by constructing and maintaining trails to U.S. Forest Service Standards. Led by Sky Performance Crew Leaders, Kristin and Bodhi Ackerman, crew members are provided with valuable training in: first aid/ CPR, safe food handling, tool maintenance and safety, trail-building and maintenance techniques, wilderness stewardship, Leave-No-Trace Ethics, and backcountry living.
The 8 – 10 week season spans the summer for the local, high school-age crew. Many projects require backcountry camping in remote spike camps and long, labor-intensive work days. Depending on the size of the project and its location, crews may work either a 40-hour work week (5-days on, 2-days off) or more often, an 80-hour week (10-days on, 4-days off).
Join Our Crew
- Download the job description.
- Download the job application as a PDF or MS Word doc.
- Download the Guardian Authorization for Minor Summer Work.
*Applications always welcome. Interviews begin in late May.*
- Download the Personal Gear Pack List.
- Trail Construction & Maintenance Notebook, 2007, USDA - Forest Service
Support The PNTA's Okanogan Trail Crew
Funding for this program comes from grants and work contracts. Donations made to the PNTA, earmarked for the Okanogan Trail Crew, are greatly appreciated. To learn more about trail crews in the Eastern Washington Region, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit the PNTA Okanogan Facebook page.