Job Posting: Backcountry Trails Camp Supervisor

CA Conservation Corps

Backcountry Trails Camp Supervisor

$5,535.00 - $6,874.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 1/9/2023

Job Description and Duties

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 Corpsmembers. The BCTCS is responsible for the personal and professional development of each Corpsmember 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 Corpsmembers 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 Corpsmembers and the development of a crew community.
  • Training Corpsmembers 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.
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You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

Incumbent will live and work in remote, isolated backcountry settings for five continuous months far from immediate medical services. 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: rain, snow, extreme heat 
(90+ degrees Fahrenheit), extreme cold (below freezing), 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 and smoke, avalanches, falling trees, etc. and wildlife hazards such as deer, poisonous insects and snakes, bears, mountain lions, etc. 

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 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:
Backcountry Trails Camp Supervisor
$5,535.00 - $6,874.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Humboldt County
Job Type:
7 Month Limited Term - Full Time

Department Information

  • Do you want to make a positive, significant difference in the lives of citizens in communities throughout California?
  • Do you want to directly improve the lives of citizens in the State of California through the implementation of vital environmental restoration projects?
Then the California Conservation Corps (CCC) has the job for you!

The CCC is a dynamic organization committed to developing young adults 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.

If you are looking to work for a state department that demands excellence, inspires staff to do their best, and protects and enhances the state’s environment, we invite you to apply for a position with the California Conservation Corps, the finest youth Environmental Restoration, Education, Workforce Development program in the world.
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Special Requirements

The Backcountry Trails Camp Supervisor position requires the following:

  • Supervisor Experience - Minimum of two years (24 mos) of experience in organizing, instructing, supervising, and evaluating six or more people, ages 16-26 in an organization requiring specific accomplishments or completion of specific tasks. Such experience must include direct responsibility for discipline, direction, and welfare of the persons involved.
  • Possess a Class C Commercial Driver License, with a Passenger Transport Vehicle special endorsement prior to hiring.
  • Pre-employment 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.
  • 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). Pass a National Sex Offender Public Registry check.
  • Medical Exam - A medical clearance exam is required for this position.
  • Trail Work Experience - Experience performing trail construction, repair, and maintenance, and experience training/teaching others to perform this work.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. 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: 1/9/2023

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
Hiring Desk
1719 24th Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
Please address your application to the attention of 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.
  • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
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:

The BCTP is looking for experienced leaders who are passionate about youth development and mentoring young adults, and love living and working in the outdoors, especially in backcountry, wilderness locations. We want candidates who are emotionally intelligent with strong social skills, excellent interpersonal communication, and who are adept at building strong relationships. They should be collaborative and a good team builder, and able to independently build a strong working crew. Desirable candidates should be strong critical thinkers, good problem solvers, possess good judgement, and be effective at resolving conflict. It is a must that candidates have integrity and are mentally and emotionally resilient, able to handle extremely

stressful situations. Lastly, we are needing candidates who are well versed in handling multiple priorities and tasks simultaneously. The Backcountry Trails Camp Supervisor position is one of the most unique, challenging, and rewarding leadership positions out there in the youth and conservation corps world.

In addition to the above mentioned qualities, we are seeking candidates who have experience in some or all of the following areas:

  • Wilderness trail construction, repair, maintenance, and project planning
  • Wilderness 1st Aid, Wilderness 1st Responder, or Wilderness EMT certification
  • Swift Water Rescue or other water safety certifications
  • Backcountry crew camp set up
  • Minimal impact or Leave No Trace wilderness practices
  • Backpacking and wilderness navigation (including cross-country hiking)
  • Planning, implementing, and facilitating meetings, trainings, and educational classes
  • Working with public land management agencies (e.g. USFS, NPS)
  • Microsoft Office and other somputer applications


  • Health, Dental, Vision, and Retirement benefits are available. Read more at  CalHR website and the CalPERS website.
  • Position is in Bargaining Unit 7
  • This position is field-based for the entire duration of the appointment.

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.

Application Details

If applying by postal mail or in-person drop-off, please indicate RPA #22.23-0104-109 / JC 331253 in the job title section of your State application.

Eligibility Information

To be considered for the job vacancy you MUST meet the minimum qualifications. Please see the Classification Specification for more details. 

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