The Heritage Chapter of the North Country Trail Association is looking for several interns to work with our member volunteer trail building crew in a special five-day forty-fiveā€“hour work week during the May term. Northland interns are essential to helping realize the goal of the North County Trail to have a continuous trail from New York to North Dakota by building and repairing sections in Ashland and Iron counties of Wisconsin, (within twenty-five miles of Ashland). We build hiking trail tread from start to finish using hand tools and some power tools like a brush mower and chainsaw (if certified).

The internship is paid a stipend of $10 per hour during work hours. In addition, the Heritage Chapter will provide:

  • Free camping at a site to be determined (camping with the crew is optional, but we encourage interns to camp to make logistics and planning easier)
  • Tools, gloves, and safety equipment will be provided.

Interns need to provide transportation to and from the daily meetup site (to be determined), their personal camping gear and their own daily trail water and lunches.

May term session begins Tuesday May 14 at 8am and ends May 18 at 5pm. Work hours each day are approximately nine hours, (meeting at 8 am and ending at 5 pm, including breaks, lunches, instruction and travel from and to the camp or meetup location).

Responsibilities and Qualifications

This internship is different from our once-per-month weekend internship. This week-long internship is intended to qualify for a one-credit internship or field experience. By the end of the week, interns will know the following:

  • The history and function of the North Country Trail Association and the North Country National Scenic Trail. The introduction will include hiking sections of the existing trail and exploring portions of potential trail marked for construction.
  • Learn trail maintenance and construction.
  • Know how to properly use tools including Pulaski, McLeod rake, pick, hammer, loppers, ax, handsaws, pry bar, leaf blower and other small tools.
  • As opportunities allow, learn how to construct or maintain bridges

Interns will play active roles in all of these areas and participate in trail maintenance activities including, but not be limited to, cutting back plant growth found along the trail, operating a self-propelled mowing machine, digging water bars, removing small trees that have fallen across the trail, removing rocks from the trail tread, restructuring the tread, and installing puncheon or other wet area bridging devices. Construction activities include cutting and disposing of brush along the planned trail corridor, raking/blowing leaves off the tread area, benching side hills for placement of trail tread and other associated activities.

Organization Details

North Country Trail Association Heritage Chapter Copper Falls State Park, Wisconsin Website

Number of Position Openings: 8

How to Apply

If you are interested in this position, please call or email Heritage Chapter President Michael Stafford and please indicate if you are interested in the May term internship.

Application Deadline: March 29, 2019


Michael Stafford