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Internships

Every year the Green Mountain Club offers unpaid internship positions with a focus on living in the backcountry, using Leave No Trace skills, learning how to use hand tools and to find out about the magic of working in the field.  Remember that this is not an opportunity to live alone in the woods, but to actively participate in recreation management.  You will be interacting with the public – sometimes a lot.  We offer three opportunities:  Trail Construction Intern, Backcountry Caretaker Intern and Outdoor Leadership Intern.  The season begins in mid-June and goes to mid-August.  You must be at least 18 to participate in an internship.     

All interns participate in both our trail crew and caretaker orientations.  This gives you an opportunity to understand the scope of the whole Trails Program.  Interns work five days a week.  There is free off-day housing available.  You are eligible for a free Wilderness First Aid course during orientation as well as CPR certification.  You also participate in Leave No Trace training. 

If you have specific requirements for your internship please inform us of them as soon as possible. 

 

 

Trail Construction Intern

You will spend your time working with the Long Trail Patrol (LTP) on trail projects around the state.  You work on discreet projects that can be completed in 2-4 weeks.  You set up a spike camp each week and hike to the work site from there.  You live in a tent, cook under a kitchen tarp, use your food bucket as a seat and do a lot of manual labor.  You will carry loads of 40+lbs into spike site and/or the work site.  The terrain is steep and unforgiving in some locations.  Be prepared to work in all weather including extreme heat and cold rain. 

You work on crew of five people.  You will be living and working in close quarters for the duration of your work.  The ability to work with other people to accomplish a goal is necessary for you to a have a positive experience.  Projects include building rock staircases, native puncheon, box steps and occasionally cutting new tread.  You also may end up participating in an odd job, such as moving a pit privy, if necessary.  All work is done using mainly hand tools – pick, rock bar, ax, shovel, etc.  Apply Now!

 

Backcountry Caretaker Intern

You will spend your time working on the tallest mountain in Vermont, Mt. Mansfield.  Your focus will be summit caretaking with an opportunity to stay at an overnight site with a caretaker.  Working on the summit means having a lot of quick interactions with the public and educating them about the fragility of the ecosystem that they are visiting.  The more you learn about the alpine ecosystem and the natural history of Mansfield the more enriching these interactions will be for you and the visitor.  We have a number of resources to assist you in this, including an Alpine Ridgeline Walk with the State Botanist during orientation.  On top of this educational component you will also participate in some trail maintenance on Mansfield.  This includes clipping back branches, clearing water bars and brushing in social trails.  You will use hand tools including clippers, hazel hoes, hand saws and axes.  You should be prepared to carry loads of 40+ lbs.  The terrain is steep and unforgiving in some locations.  Be prepared to work in all weather including extreme heat and cold rain    

You will live on Mt Mansfield for five days a week.  You work with a group of about 5 caretakers to maintain trails, educate hikers and accomplish other tasks as needed.  There is the opportunity to learn about compost waste management if you are interested.  Apply Now!

 

Outdoor Leadership Intern

You will spend your time working with the Volunteer Long Trail Patrol.  This is a trail crew that is lead by two paid staff and composed of volunteers from all over the US and the world.  It is an exciting opportunity to learn trail skills as well as how to lead a group of people.  You will have the opportunity to scout projects with the leaders, do food planning and shopping, set up a spike camp, figure out logistics and more.  Each week there are new volunteers that need to be taught how to pack their pack, set up a spike set, Leave No Trace skills, proper tool use, trail building skills and more.  You work on discreet projects that can be completed in 2-4 weeks.  You set up a spike camp each week and hike to the work site from there.  You live in a tent, cook under a kitchen tarp, use your food bucket as a seat and do a lot of manual labor.  Projects include building native turnpike, native puncheon, box steps and occasionally cutting new tread.  You also may end up participating in an odd job, such as moving a pit privy, if necessary.    

This is a great opportunity to learn about the challenges of leading groups  in the backcountry.  You will carry loads of 40+lbs into spike site and/or the work site.  The terrain is steep and unforgiving in some locations.  Be prepared to work in all weather including extreme heat and cold rain.  Apply Now!

 

More questions?  Contact:

Kevin Hudnell, Field Supervsior: khudnell@greenmountainclub.org  

 

 

 

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