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CA Conservation Corps


$5,413.00 - $6,723.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

The final filing date is TBD, with cutoff dates as follows, the final filing date could be as soon as November 2, 2021. Applying sooner rather than later is recommended to ensure your participation in the candidate pool.

Cutoff Dates:
November 2, 2021 -- November 16, 2021 -- November 30, 2021 -- December 14, 2021 -- December 23, 2021

The Backcountry Trails Camp Supervisor (BCTCS) is, above all else, a leader of young people (18-25), whose duties go far beyond the mere supervision of corps members. The BCTCS is responsible for the personal and professional development of each corps member as they experience everything that comes with living and working with a diverse group of people in remote, isolated backcountry locations for six continuous months while performing rigorous work. The BCTCS must mentor, counsel, train, and direct corps members through an incredibly difficult work/wilderness/cohort experience while ensuring their physical, mental, emotional, and social wellbeing is being looked after.

Under the direct supervision of the Backcountry Trails Program Manager with additional oversight from the Program Coordinator, the incumbent works independently performing a multitude of duties in the following areas:
  • Managing, directing, and supervising a backcountry trail crew.
  • Facilitating individual development of corps members and the development of a crew community.
  • Training corps members in trail repair, maintenance, construction, wilderness living, wilderness navigation, spike camp set-up and operations.
  • Development and implementation of season-long curriculum plan.
  • Managing trail projects and supervising a crew performing trail work.
  • Performing a variety of administrative duties and functions as operational, departmental, program, and public land management agency needs dictate.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

Incumbent will live and work in remote, isolated backcountry settings far from immediate medical services, and where emergency communications can be limited, delayed, and contingent upon getting to a physical location to receive signal. Personal communication with people outside of the program (friends, family, spouses/partners, etc.) is extremely limited and infrequent. Mail is the primary means of personal communication with those on the outside and it is received and delivered on an irregular basis. Personal phone use will not be available once you’re in backcountry locations.

Incumbent will be exposed to the following adverse environmental conditions while living and working: rain, snow, extreme heat (90+ degrees Fahrenheit), extreme cold (32 degrees Fahrenheit and colder), dry weather, lightning, high amounts of dust, camp and forest fire smoke, elevations ranging from 2000-14,000ft. Work is extremely physically demanding and requires daily hiking that ranges from 3-20 miles in one day over rugged, steep, uneven terrain while carrying 40-60lbs in your backpack at a minimum pace of 3mph.

Incumbent will live and work around stock animals (horses and mules) and can be exposed to environmental hazards such as wildfires, avalanches, falling trees, etc. and wildlife hazards such as deer, poisonous insects and snakes, bears, mountain lions, etc. Tools and equipment for work and crew camp gear and equipment will be provided, but incumbent will be required to bring their own personal backpacking gear that is consistent with living in the backcountry.

Incumbent will live in backcountry camps with 13-20 other people in primitive conditions. There are no modern conveniences or luxuries (e.g., warm showers, beds, laundry machines, indoor bathrooms, and plumbing, etc.). Personal electronics such as music/video players, cell phones, etc. are not permitted for crewmembers while in the program. Incumbent will sleep in a personal tent on the ground and be near their crewmembers and sponsors. Incumbent will sometimes be required to sleep in a community tent with the entire crew. Incumbent may be required to sleep in a kitchen tent to protect the camp food from animals. Daily bathing and adhering to other personal hygiene standards are necessary. All food will be provided, but incumbent may be required to cook for their crew for long periods of time and will be required to cook for themselves on the weekend.

Incumbent will live and work under very regimented and structured conditions and required to follow federal and state regulations/policies pertaining wilderness living and travel. Incumbent will have very little personal free time and alone time throughout the season.

Incumbent will be required to work long, odd and irregular hours and be on call to respond to emergencies involving crewmembers and/or others 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Daily and weekly work schedules can vary between any days of the week, and incumbent will be required to perform duties/chores outside of their normal work hours. Incumbent will be required to carry out the duties of the position with little to no supervision and with minimal contact with the department chain of command.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
$5,413.00 - $6,723.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Humboldt County
Job Type:
7 Month Limited Term - Full Time

Department Information

The CCC is a dynamic organization committed to developing young men and women by challenging them to complete a year of public service and conservation-related work. Employees of the CCC are leaders who inspire, educate and challenge young people to further their educational and professional goals.

The CCC Backcountry Trails Program (BCTP) is the oldest special program of the California Conservation Corps. It has been in operation since 1979. Every year 80 young adults are selected and placed on six different crews. These crews are assigned to remote locations throughout the northern and Sierra mountain ranges where they perform incredibly physically demanding trail repair, maintenance and construction in various National Forests and National Parks helping make our public lands safer and more accessible to our citizens. The field season lasts for six continuous months. Crews live and work in pristine, wild places for the duration of the season. Each crew will move from base camp to base camp throughout the course of the season. In addition to performing trail work, crews will participate in a season-long curriculum plan that further trains corps members in job and life skills. Crews operate within a very structured, regimented environment.
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Special Requirements

  • Commercial Driver License – Provide evidence that a Commercial Class C license with a Passenger Transport Vehicle special endorsement, or equivalent, has been obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

  • Pre-employment Drug Test – Pass a urine drug test. In accordance with the Federal Highway Administration regulations (49 CFR, Part 382), persons hired to a class requiring a commercial driver license must take and pass a pre-employment drug test. Please note: Per California Code of Regulations 213.5, applicants who fail the drug test pursuant to section 213.4 (h), will be disqualified from the examination in which they are competing and, except as provided by section 213.5 (e), shall not be eligible to take any State civil service examination for a class for which drug testing is required until one year has elapsed from the date the drug test specimen is given.

  • Background Investigation – Undergo fingerprinting and successfully pass a Criminal Offender Record Information check completed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) which may or may not also include a background check through the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

  • Medical Exam – a medical clearance examination is required for this classification.

Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

This is a non-testing Classification, therefore, anyone meeting the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification may apply for this position. Individuals in specific programs, such as the Welfare to Work Program, are encouraged to apply and will be given priority according to the applicable Laws and Rules. Please note on your application your current participation in these programs.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

CA Conservation Corps
Attn: Hiring Desk
1719 24th Street
Sacramento, CA 95816

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

CA Conservation Corps
CA Conservation Corps
1719 24th Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
Please address your application to the attention of the Human Resources- Hiring Desk
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
  • Wilderness EMT, Wilderness First Responder, or Wilderness First Aid certification(s).
  • Swift water rescue or other water safety certification(s).
  • Extensive knowledge, skill, and ability in wilderness trail construction, repair, and maintenance; trail project management; working with and/or around pack stock animals; backcountry crew camp set-up; minimal impact and/or Leave No Trace wilderness practices; and wilderness backpacking and navigating both on and off trail.
  • Experience with planning, implementing, and facilitating meetings, trainings, and educational classes.
  • Map and compass use and orienteering and mountaineering skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Public speaking.
  • Experience working with public land management agencies (e.g., USFS, NPS, DPR).
  • Strong conflict resolution and facilitation skills.
  • Microsoft Office and other computer applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe, etc.)


Information on the benefits associated with this civil service position including, but not limited to, salary, retirement and job protections can be found on the CalHR website.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the application process. The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Hiring Desk
(916) 341-3221
Hiring Unit Contact:
Karlson Hubbard
(707) 601-6678

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Karen Chesmore
(916) 341-3196
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Who May Apply

Appointments to this class are made under temporary authority and are limited to no more than nine months of full-time equivalent work. No permanent appointment will be made. All applications will be screened and only the most qualified will be scheduled for interview.

We anticipate all positions will be filled by March 23rd, 2022. Anticipated start date of the position will be 03/28/22, and the anticipate end date will be 10/05/2022. Dates subject to change.

If applying by postal mail or in-person drop off, please indicate RPA #21-0231-0236 / JC 274356 in the job title section of your State application.

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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail