Seasonal Trail Crew

Are you a motivated and caring individual with a desire to work outdoors in support of one of Maine’s most popular trail networks? Are you comfortable working in both a team setting and independently, and interacting with the public on a daily basis?

Portland Trails is a nonprofit land trust now celebrating 30 years of conserving land and building trails and infrastructure for recreation and transportation in Greater Portland. We are seeking one or two seasonal trail stewards for trail construction, trail maintenance, and other trail-based work throughout the trail network.  

We are willing to hire one full-time individual or two part-time people, depending on the applicants' employment needs. Daily/weekly schedule will be determined during the hiring process.  Approximate employment term is May through August 2022. 

As part of our team, you will be responsible for the functionality, ecological integrity, and appearance of Portland Trails’ network of properties and trails. You would help us create safe and rewarding volunteer engagement experiences for local groups and would serve as a representative of Portland Trails at all times.

Portland Trails is committed to thoroughly training individuals in the specific skills needed to perform the job, and we encourage you to apply if this opportunity excites you, and you are willing to learn and work hard for the public good.  


In this role, you will:  

  • - Enjoy the appreciation of thousands of people who use our trails every day
  • - Work outdoors on a daily basis, in various weather conditions
  • - Perform trail construction and maintenance independently as well as collaboratively with a professional trail crew
  • - Use and maintain various power and hand tools and be responsible for their safe use, maintenance, and repair
  • - Perform routine monitoring and maintenance of trail systems, including updating wayfinding signage and blazing, removing encroaching vegetation, clearing trails and entrances of obstructions, cleaning drainages, and checking trail conditions
  • - Need a valid driver’s license
  • - Need access to a vehicle capable of carrying tools and equipment, and running errands (mileage reimbursement)
  • - Need to be over 18 years of age
  • - Need to have received the Covid-19 vaccine or wear a mask when around people


Additionally, the ideal candidate will have many of the following skills and attributes:     

  • - Strong attention to detail, demonstrating accuracy and thoroughness
  • - Excellent interpersonal skills
  • - Experience working on trails, such as mowing/trimming, stonework, and other landscaping skills
  • - Carpentry and mechanical skills
  • - Familiarity with southern Maine ecosystems
  • - Experience managing groups of volunteers
  • - Proficiency with a chainsaw, skid-steer loader, brush mower, or other land tools
  • - Own a truck or have a vehicle capable of towing a smaller trailer (not a requirement)
  • - Available for occasional evening and weekend activities


Portland Trails offers a friendly work environment and an opportunity to make a contribution to your community.  Pay depends on experience, but is in the range of $18/hour.

Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter by April 8th to


Portland Trails is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We are inclusive, collaborative, and solution-oriented. Portland Trails runs on the hard work and dedication of passionate and creative employees. We are always learning, growing, and evolving. Integrity is our guide and every day we each strive to be reliable, accountable, generous, and non-judgmental.