Trail Construction & Maintenance Internship

  • Connecticut Forest & Park Association
  • Middlefield, CT, USA
  • Mar 14, 2018
Internship- Paid Conservation/ Natural Resources Outdoor Recreation - Guides- Trails - Wilderness

Job Description

Love working outside? Want to gain real hands-on experience in the trail conservation and outdoor recreation fields? Become a CFPA intern and help improve Connecticut’s 825-mile Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System!

Description of Duties

CFPA trail interns work to maintain, build and restore CFPA’s hiking trails across Connecticut. Interns will conduct needed trail restoration and improvements in a variety of environments.

Duties include:

  • Assist staff and volunteer trail managers with the construction of hiking trails and trail structures.
  • Perform routine maintenance duties such as brushing trails, blazing, tread repair and clearing drainage structures.
  • Work in the field, sometimes very remotely, as part of a tight-knit team.
  • Camp in remote regions to undertake larger, multi-day trail improvement projects in state forests, parks, and private conservation lands.
  • Work with existing trail volunteer trail teams such as chainsaw or rock crews to tackle larger trail improvement projects.
  • Layout and design new trails or major relocations and flag sustainable trail routes.
  • Perform tool and equipment maintenance as needed.

Desired Skills/ Qualifications

The most important qualification for interns is a positive attitude, an eagerness to learn and a willingness to work hard.

Additional preferred skills include:

  • Ability to work in a small, cohesive team.
  • Appreciation for the natural world, conservation & outdoor recreation.
  • Familiarity and/or desire to learn how to operate hand and power tools to perform trail work.
  • Desire to learn natural and cultural history of Connecticut and the role of trails in protecting these resources.
  • Overnight camping experience.
  • Desire and ability to work outdoors and willingness to perform strenuous physical activity such as frequent bending, lifting, and carrying heavy objects.
  • Willingness to work in outdoor settings in inclement or high temperature weather conditions, such as rain, heat, or humidity.
  • Ability to hike up to five miles daily and perform work in sometimes steep and uneven terrain.
  • Ability to lift and/or carry tools and construction materials weighing up to 40 pounds.

Internship Term

The Trail Internship is full-time from early June to mid- August. Interns will generally work 35-40 hours/week. Depending on the project location, the work week may include weekends. Interns will work, travel, and camp together. Scheduling is flexible to accommodate college start dates.

Transportation and Housing

Interns will work out of our Middlefield office and travel to project sites each day. Interns will be required to also spend a week at a time camping in the field at State campgrounds or remote campsites with limited modern conveniences. Interns will need to provide their own camping gear. Gear list will be provided. All interns are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the Middlefield office. Transportation from the office to project sites will be provided.


Trail interns will be paid $1,650 for the internship term. Personal vehicle mileage to project sites will be provided if necessary. During overnight trips, group food will be provided.

Eligibility/ Application Requirements

This internship is open to 18-24 year olds. Please provide a resume with three references and a thoughtful letter of interest to Clare Cain, Trails Stewardship Director at No phone calls please. Application deadline is April 1.

Job Level



Nonprofit- NGO


$1,650 for the internship ter