Hiring: Summer 2020 Trail Crew


The Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail is seeking qualified candidates for a 12 Week Backcountry Trail Crew starting the week of May 11th through week of July 31st.

The Trail Crew will be working/camping near 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. Camping overnight is required.

A full time work week is 37.5 hours.

The weekly schedule:

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. Must be 18 and have valid driver’s license.


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 Contact:

Mark Stanfill

Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail mark.stanfill@tn.gov

Main Office – (615) 574-5176

Applications still currently being accepted THROUGH 4/20/2020

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