Seasonal Staff

Located high in the rugged mountain ranges of the Northwest, access to many trailheads along the Pacific Northwest Trail corridor is limited most of the year. The trail maintenance season for the PNT usually begins in late June when lower elevation trails begin to melt out, and it finishes in late September before heavy snows return.

During our short season our seasonal staff are the Association’s boots on the ground working to restore and enhance the trail corridor. Our experienced Crew Leaders take teams of volunteers and seasonally-hired Crew Members outdoors, teaching them trail, outdoor leadership and backcountry living skills.


PNTA is proud to work with an outstanding team of seasonal staff who return year after year to work in service to the PNT and the next generation of outdoor leaders in our youth programs. If you would like to get updates about job opportunities and youth programs with PNTA, please subscribe at the link below.

Seasonal Trail Crews

Performance Trail Crew
PNTA Performance Crews

Our Performance Crews work to build and maintain the Pacific Northwest Trail to professional standards. Staffed with high school-age youth from trailside communities, these crews work in sites spanning over 900 miles of trail in Washington. Each season, PNTA hires experienced Crew Leaders, like Bodhi Ackerman, to lead crews on week-long hitches into the rugged backcountry of the Northwest.

Quilcene Ranger Corps Trail Crew
Youth Trail Crews

Our Quilcene Ranger Corps is staffed with middle school-age youth from the Hood Canal area of Western Washington. Each season, PNTA hires experienced Crew Leaders, Assistant Crew Leaders, and Crew Members to maintain the PNT on the Olympic National Forest. For over 26 years, QRC Crews have helped care for the Tubal Cain Trail and other trails on the National Forest, which is maintained solely by organizations like PNTA and our partners.

PNTA-Job Corps Trail Crew
PNTA-Job Corps Trail Crew

Since 2005, the PNTA has helped to provide US Job Corps students with work-based learning opportunities. Each season experienced Crew Leaders, like Cody Pohren, introduce dozens of at-risk students from the Curlew Job Corps Center to advanced trail construction techniques.

PNTA logout Crew
Log-Out Trail Crew

Under a partnership with the Colville National Forest, this specialized crew of sawyers clears the PNT of hundreds of downed trees in Eastern Washington each year.  Experienced sawyers like Forest Reeves and Kameron Walton have worked in service to the PNT for four seasons.