Spring and Summer 2019 Trail Crew Positions


The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail is seeking qualified candidates for a Backcountry Crew.

WHEN: If there is enough interest, a Spring Trail Crew looks to begin in late March through April. The Summer Crew will start around the week of May 14th through the week of July 31st (11-12 weeks – dates subject to change). Applicants may apply for both seasons or only one.

WHERE: The Trail Crew will be camping & working on the Cumberland Mountain Segment located 40 miles North of Knoxville in Campbell & Claiborne Counties. The Cumberland Trail (CT) will be a 330 mile hiking trail from the Cumberland Gap at the Virginia/Kentucky/Tennessee state corner to Signal Point near Chattanooga. An estimated 100 miles are remaining and you can help us close that gap!

Job Description:

Trail Crew Members will construct new hiking trail, rock steps, and other structures using hand tools and mechanical equipment in this remote area. They must work with others effectively and safely to complete trail construction & maintenance projects. The Trail Crew will share in camp chores each day.

Minimum age: 18

Camping overnight is required.

A full time work week is 37.5 hours.

The weekly schedule (Monday – Thursday):

Day 1 – Arrive at the office, transported to the camp location, set up camp, and trail construction.

Day 2, 3 – Trail construction

Day 4 – Trail construction, break down camp, and depart for office

The Trail Crew members will also take turns performing the role of camp keeper, maintaining the camp and performing related duties.

*Weekly schedule subject to change due to weather conditions or logistical necessity.

Skills & Abilities:

Aptitude for physical work in the back country; effectively work and communicate with others, comfortable working and living in the backcountry for days at a time.


Crew Member positions $9.75/hr.

Other Benefits:

Trail training, use of our camping gear, & we provide the food while camping.

Additional Information and Application:

Mark Stanfill
Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail

Address: 220 Park Road, Caryville, TN 37714
Email: mark.stanfill@tn.gov
Direct Cell: (615) 574-5176
Main Office: (423) 566-2229 or 423-262-9853

Applications still currently being accepted

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