Jobs at the PNTA
You can make a difference in the future of the Pacific Northwest Trail and in all the lives it touches. Join our team of dedicated advocates working to protect and enhance the PNT for everyone to enjoy!

The Pacific Northwest Trail Association is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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Seasonal Leadership Positions
Seasonal Crew Member Positions
Permanent Staff Positions
Seasonal Leadership Positions
The Pacific Northwest Trail Association is now accepting applications for seasonal Trail Crew Leaders and Assistant Crew Leaders for the 2021 season.

The PNTA is looking for dedicated environmental stewards with a passion for education and working with young people. Crew Leaders must have a strong desire to actively engage in a field-based, trails program that will train, challenge and support participants’ in their work and professional development.

This is an opportunity to protect and enhance America’s newest and wildest National Scenic Trail, work in spectacular settings and do challenging and meaningful work by providing valuable life experiences for the next generation of outdoor leaders.

Performance Crew Leader

Region of Work:  Pacific Northwest (Montana, Idaho or Washington)
Type: Full-time, seasonal position
Dates: May-September, 2021

Crew Leaders are responsible for managing teams of 3-6 youth and young adults on trail maintenance projects in the backcountry which last up to ten days. Some projects may involve working with volunteers or working in the frontcountry. The season typically runs from May-September but may be shorter or longer depending on weather and funding.

Assistant Crew Leader

Region of Work:  Pacific Northwest (Montana, Idaho or Washington)
Type: Full-time, seasonal position
Dates: May-September, 2021

Assistant Crew Leaders are responsible for managing teams of 3-6 youth and young adults on trail maintenance projects in the backcountry which last up to ten days. Some projects may involve working with volunteers or working in the frontcountry. The season typically runs from May-September but may be shorter or longer depending on weather and funding.

Seasonal Crew Member Positions
Performance Trail Crew Member Positions

The Pacific Northwest Trail Association is now accepting applications for seasonal crew members for our Performance Trail Crews for the 2021 season.

This is an opportunity to help build and maintain America’s newest and wildest National Scenic Trail, and to unplug and spend the summer working outdoors traveling to spectacular wild places.

Crew Member

Region of Work:  Pacific Northwest (Montana, Idaho or Washington)
Type: Full-time, seasonal position
Dates: Mid-June – Mid-August, 2021
Positions Available:  TBD
Recruitment begins:  April 1st
Interviews begin:  May 1st

Performance Trail Crew Members spend the summer outdoors discovering our scenic public lands while working on the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (PNT). They are fully compensated for their work and get trained to build and maintain trails while camping out under the stars.

WBL Crew Member

Region of Work:  Pacific Northwest (Montana, Idaho or Washington)
Type: Full-time, temporary, seasonal position
Dates: May – October, 2021
Positions Available:  TBD
Recruitment begins:  March 1st
Interviews begin:  April 1st

Work-based learning students construct and maintain the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (PNT) and adjacent trails using manual tools and sometimes mechanized equipment. During the experience, trail crews camp near their worksites in developed campgrounds, or dispersed front or backcountry settings.

Permanent Staff Positions

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Join our team and help provide youth with an outdoor service learning experience that has the power to change lives.

Hear what some of our 2019 trail crew members are saying.

“My proudest accomplishment was clearing 150 trees from the Boundary Trail in a single hitch! The long hikes we made into the Pasayten Wilderness carrying heavy packs and working in hot weather, sometimes with no shade, were challenging and rewarding at the same time. The season gave me some technical knowledge, but it also taught me to be a more patient person.”

-Adonis, 2019 Eastern Pasayten Crew Member

“The most memorable part of my season was our trip to the Goat Lakes from Hart’s Pass. That ten day hitch working on the PCT/ PNT was my first backpacking trip ever!

Soon after I finished my season with the PNTA, I decided to join Washington Conservation Corps. Now I help them do restoration and conservation work on riparian habitat throughout Washington State.”

-Erica, 2019 Western Pasayten Crew Member

“Having crew leaders as mentors and not just bosses was a real blessing. I’m proud of the progress our crew was able to make together and I’m proud to have worked through to the end of every hitch and to the end of the season.”

-Jacob, 2019 Mt Baker Crew Member

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