Volunteer as a PCT Trailhead Host

Tom checks a thru-hiker's permit.

Volunteer Trailhead Host “Terminus Tom” looks at a thru-hiker’s permit in 2017.

PCT Southern Terminus
February 26-May 31, 2020

The Cleveland National Forest is seeking a volunteer (or a pair/couple) to provide information and collect visitor use data at the southern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail near Campo, California.

  • Start date: February 26, 2020
  • Duration: 13 weeks: February 26-May 31, 2020 (there may be some flexibility with dates)
  • Daily shift: 7:00 AM-12:00 PM, 6 days per week
  • Cleveland National Forest will provide a campsite (no trailer hook-up), food per diem, and mileage compensation for daily commute (up to 30 miles).
  • Supervision: Volunteer(s) will work under field supervision of the Pacific Crest Trail “Crest Runners”
  • Click here to read the full Southern Terminus position description

Kennedy Meadows
Late May-July, 2020

The Inyo and Sequoia National Forests are seeking a volunteer (or a pair/couple) to provide information to PCT travelers and collect visitor use data on the Pacific Crest Trail near Kennedy Meadows, California.

  • Start date: Late May, 2020
  • Duration: 4-8 weeks
  • Daily shift: Variable hours (approximately 6 hours per day), 5 days per week
  • Campsite on Forest Service land will be provided (no trailer hook-up), food per diem, and mileage compensation for daily commute (up to 30 miles).
  • Supervision: Volunteer(s) will work under supervision of the Pacific Crest Trail staff and Inyo National Forest staff
  • Click here to read the full Kennedy Meadows position description

Specific Duties at Both Locations Include

  • Gathering and compiling visitor use data
  • Providing visitors with information about the PCT, including trip planning, permit requirements, preparedness, and trail conditions
  • Educating visitors on Leave No Trace principles, including campsite selection, human waste management, and dry camping considerations
  • Effectively communicating to a wide and diverse audience while working closely with PCT staff and partners.

If You or Someone You Know is Interested

PCTA and the Forest Service are interested in finding a person, or couple, who is interested in filling both Trailhead Host positions. This would be an effective way to ensure PCT users are receiving consistent and high quality trail information; however, people applying for both positions should be realistic about the challenges of filling both positions. Talking with hikers and large groups of people 5-6 days a week can be demanding and anyone applying for both positions should be realistic about doing this work for an extended season. It’s important to PCTA and our partners that this is a positive volunteer experience and that people are not overcommitted.

To Apply, Send a Cover Letter and Resume in December-January

  • To apply for the Southern Terminus position, send your cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Please contact Lindsey Steinwachs at (619) 445-6235 or [email protected] with questions.
  • To apply for the Kennedy Meadows position, send your cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Please contact Ben Barry at (916) 847-4393 or [email protected] with questions.
  • To apply for both positions, please send your cover letter and resume to [email protected] and [email protected].
  • Applications will be accepted December-January. This is a rolling application period.
↑ Back to top