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Job Opportunities

Interested in working to help hikers and protect trails? Learn about our career and seasonal positions.


Full Time Positions

Puget sound Field Manager

WTA is seeking a self-motivated project manager who is committed to volunteer engagement to join its trail
maintenance program. This position manages WTA’s volunteer trail maintenance work with local, state, and
federal partners in the central Puget Sound region and collaborates with a statewide team to grow a high-quality, established volunteer program. The position’s primary responsibilities are to develop and oversee execution of trail projects, develop staff and volunteer crew leaders, while maintaining and growing land manager partnerships. The Puget Sound Field Manager is a full-time exempt position based in WTA’s downtown Seattle headquarters that reports to the Field Operations Senior Manager and works closely with the Trail Programs Director.

Development Content Creator

WTA is looking for an experienced creative writer and graphic designer to join our development team. This person will play an important role helping set and execute our public fundraising strategy. We are looking for someone who excels at telling stories that motivate people to support WTA’s mission of inspiring hikers to explore and protect trails.

Senior Human Resources Coordinator

WTA’s mission-driven staff is at the core of our work. We are seeking a Senior Human Resources Coordinator to support our organization’s growth and human resources development. Our ideal candidate will be personable and detail-oriented in maintaining smooth and efficient processes to recruit, train, and retain a highly qualified and diverse community of committed WTA staff. This position is an ideal fit for someone who values relationships and possesses highly developed communication and organization skills.

Seasonal Positions

Trail crew leader

WTA is seeking Trail Crew Leaders who love working with people and share our commitment to trail stewardship and volunteerism. Trail Crew Leaders work outdoors leading volunteers in building and maintaining trails on public lands. The position's primary responsibility is to lead multi-day work parties across the state of Washington. These are temporary, full-time, field-based positions. We are currently looking to expand our Trail Crew with leaders for the following teams! 

Assistant Trail crew Leader

WTA is seeking Assistant Crew Leasers who love working with teens and share our belief that everyone should feel included in the hiking community. The Assistant Trail Crew Leaders (ACL) work outdoors leading teen volunteers on 8-day Youth Volunteer Vacations, where crews will build and maintain trails on public lands while camping in various front country locations across Washington. These are temporary, full-time, field-based positions. 

Crew member - Lost Trails Found Crew

This summer, WTA is continuing paid backcountry trail crews with the formation of the Lost Trails Found (LTF) Crew. The LTF crew will work in backcountry locations on National Forests throughout Washington State. This crew will focus on a broad variety of backcountry projects restoring lost trails while primarily working an eight day hitch schedule. The LTF Crew will predominantly self supported, and each member is required to carry their tools, food and camp supplies into remote settings. This is a temporary, field-based position that reports to the Lost Trails Found Coordinator.

Emerging Leaders Program

WTA is committed to creating systemic change by providing entry points for communities that have had inequitable access to the outdoors, including Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) individuals, to gain hands-on trail maintenance experience. In its second year, the Emerging Leads Program continues to recruit a diverse cohort of individuals who want to be part of forming an inclusive community and build leadership skills to support future career interests in natural resource stewardship and outdoor recreation. WTA hopes that by investing in paid development opportunities in the outdoor industry, future leaders will build upon professional and personal aspirations while contributing to an outdoor community where people of all identities feel included and valued. Cohort members who successfully complete the program will be given advanced consideration for open seasonal and permanent positions at WTA that align with their skills and interests for up to 2 years.

Assistant Leader

WTA is seeking a dependable and flexible Assistant Leader to co-lead single-day trail work projects and multi-day camping/trail work trips for the Emerging Leaders cohort. The Assistant Leader will ensure that the cohort community and worksites are an affirming and supportive space where all members have their identities recognized and celebrated; and foster a sense of belonging for cohort members of diverse identities, experiences and backgrounds.

Cohort Member

WTA is seeking multiple candidates to join the ELP Cohort who want to build upon their leadership skills and grow a career in the outdoor industry to participate in this 12-week program.


We are always accepting new volunteers! WTA works with more than 5,000 volunteers each year. From maintaining trails to helping out in the office, we would love to have you!