Crew Boss: This position is responsible for the entire crew and directly supervises the crew leaders during the day-to-day operation of the program. In addition the crew boss is the direct link between the trails coordinator and subsequently the trails office. The crew boss has at least three (but typically more) seasons of proven leadership and trail skills. The Crew Boss sets the tone and acts as the "go-to” person for most of the crew's needs.
Crew Leaders: If the Crew Boss is the head of the crew, the Leaders are the backbone. Leaders make sure that expectations are met on projects and that crew members are not only pulling their weight, but also learning the necessary skills in the process. Leaders have at least two seasons of experience and are enthusiastic and committed to the program.
Crew Members: The muscle of the program, crew members have from one to three seasons of trails experience and typically range in age from 16 to the early 20s. Most are in college, some are juniors or seniors in high school, but all are looking for a physically and mentally demanding position for the summer. The Adirondacks is a unique and challenging place to learn trail skills. That being the case, our members make the best leaders. On average two-thirds of the crew returns each season, so it’s apparent that they enjoy their work. Many of our first year members have already been involved in our volunteer trails program or as a volunteer in other trails-related settings.
Our 16 person professional trail crew logged over 9,000 hours working on trails throughout the Adirondack and the Catskill parks. Their accomplishments include