Student Trail Crew

We hire 8-10 students (ages 16-17) from area High Schools for a summer work program working on trails in Plumas and Tahoe National Forests.

Members are supervised by 2- adult Crew Leaders that are familiar with the work area, are experts in trail restoration, and are well rehearsed in backcountry safety. Members live in tents, cook their own meals and practice Leave No Trace camping. Food and transport are provided.

Teaching Key Concepts

  • Safety Awareness
  • Trail Fun
  • Quality Work
  • Trail Awareness
  • Tool Care
  • Accountability and Team Work

Student Responsibilities

  • Development of an Emergency Action Plan
  • Maintain and care for tools and equipment
  • Produce quality trail work
  • Cook and prepare meals for the group
  • Set up and tear down camp
  • Document work (before and after photos, reports and blogs)

Trail Skills Learned

  • Backcountry Safety
  • Brushing and Scouting
  • Tread Maintenance
  • Cross Cut and Hand Saw Training
  • Hand Tool Field Maintenance
  • Drainage Design and Installation
  • Rock Retaining Walls
  • Turnpike Construction

SBTS Instructors

2- instructors will be present at all times (1-male/1-female) SBTS instructors have the following qualities:

  • Professional knowledge of trails and surrounding area
  • Genuine enthusiasm for trail work that infects students
  • Patience with those new to the subject
  • A positive attitude
  • A clear speaking voice and ability to communicate
  • A clear understanding of the importance of safety
  • CPR, Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder

Avilable Certificates

  • Basic First Aid
  • CPR
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Basic Trail Maintenance Certification
  • Hand Tool Certification
  • Cross Cut and Hand Saw Certification

Educational Experiences (beyond trail work)

Guest speakers will be invited to discuss:

  • Nutrition and Eating Right
  • Watershed and Forestry
  • Trail facts & area history
  • Botany, Archaeology and Wildlife
  • Healthy Trails = Healthy Communities

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