2017 Trail Steward

To Apply- Please send a cover letter and resume to:
George Fields
PO Box 222
Blue Hill, ME 04614

Summary: This is a part-time, temporary, seasonal position created to assist the Trust in the management of its network of public trails. The Trail Steward will work closely with other staff as well as volunteers, and will be supervised by the Trust’s Associate Director.

Job Term: The position will commence in Spring (late May or early June) of 2017 and end September 1, 2017, (three months).  A total of 450 hours are planned, to be allocated weekly throughout the job term. The start and end dates are flexible as is the weekly work schedule, which on average will be 32 hours per week.

 Job Requirements: This position requires outdoor skills, ability to do physical work, a good work ethic, ability to work productively alone and as part of a team, dependability, good interpersonal communication skills and initiative. Computer skills, reliable transportation and an interest in land conservation are also required. Training and experience in the use of a chain saw is desirable, as is first aid training.

 Job Duties:

1. Trail Maintenance. The Trail Steward will have responsibility for the monitoring and maintenance of the Trust’s trails, including but not limited to the following:

  • Keeping the trailhead kiosks up to date and fresh with posting and sign in sheets
  • Walking the trails on a regular schedule to monitor usage and identify maintenance needs
  • Performing routine trail maintenance work as needed, such as refreshing trail signage and blazing, mowing and trimming walking paths, clearing downed tree limbs, cleaning and repairing water bars.
  • Planning and coordinating maintenance projects that require volunteers.

Note: The trail steward will not be asked to handle major tree work, brush clearing or other chain-saw or power tool work unless power-tool certified (chain-saw, trimmer, or hedge shears) and accompanied by an approved volunteer or staff member.

2. Trail Volunteers. The Trail Steward will engage with trail volunteers by

  • recruiting volunteers to assist with trail projects and to serve as volunteer trail stewards
  • managing volunteer trail projects
  • communicating regularly with volunteer trail stewards and keep records of their trail visitations
  • tracking volunteer hours by trail and individuals
  • organizing volunteer appreciation events

3. Trail Hike Leadership. The Trail Steward will assist/lead outreach event hikes to help introduce community members and visitors to the Trust’s trails

4. Trail Use Data Gathering. The Trail Steward will collect and keep records of trail use data.

5. Trail Construction Assistance. The Trail Steward will assist with the construction of new hiking trails.

6. Public Interaction: The Trail Steward will represent the Trust in a positive light during all encounters with the members of the public.

7. Other. The Trail Steward will assist with other trail related projects as directed by the supervisor

Supervisor: Associate Director

Compensation: Hourly rate based on experience. Satisfaction of contributing daily to a great cause as part of a small but ambitious community based organization.

Schedule: To be determined with supervisor. 32 hours per week is envisioned during the job term. Some weekend work will be required.


The Blue Hill Heritage Trust is a community-based, non-profit, conservation organization dedicated to conserving the special land and water resources on the Blue Hill peninsula. It was founded in 1985 by local residents and today has approximately 600 members whose annual financial contributions support its work. The Trust has protected over 9000 acres of diverse conservation land, including both conservation land that it owns and privately owned land on which it holds legally binding conservation restrictions. The organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is managed by a full-time Executive Director.  Visit www.bluehillheritagetrust.org for more information.    


Have some free time and need to get outdoors? Consider contacting us about our volunteer opportunities at BHHT. With our growing network of trails across the peninsula, our need for hands-on maintenance is always in demand!