Notice of Employment Opportunity: Wild Stew Field Crew Member

Wild Arizona is hiring for multiple positions as part of our Wild Stew Field Crew for trail maintenance, trail condition assessments, and riparian restoration projects to include survey work, invasive plant management, and revegetation projects across Arizona. This position is open immediately and would focus primarily on front- and backcountry trail maintenance projects. Project locations include but are not limited to the Coronado National Forest, Coconino National Forest, Tonto National Forest, Apache–Sitgreaves National Forest, and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. There are opportunities to progress into a leadership role as well as furthering your career in conservation.

Selected individuals will be hired by Wild Arizona as full time employees, and must supply their own work clothes, backpacks, hiking boots and camping/backpacking gear. All specialty equipment such as work t-shirts, tools, personal protective equipment, group gear, etc. will be provided by Wild Arizona. Crew members will be responsible for the care and return of any equipment provided by Wild Arizona. 

The work schedule consists of eight 10-hour days (Wednesday through Wednesday) followed by six days off. We offer permanent full-time employment but are also open to seasonal employees.

Employment Location

Tucson, Arizona.

Common project locations are across the state of Arizona but include the Coronado National Forest, Coconino National Forest, Tonto National Forest, Apache Sitgreaves National Forest, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Employment Start Date

Positions are available immediately and will continue to be available through the summer and fall until all positions are filled.

Employment End Date

Employment is based on available funding. At this time there is no end date.


Positions range from $17 – $20 per hour depending on experience. Medical Insurance, limited food allowance, and mileage reimbursements for personal vehicles are available. Wild Arizona provides transportation to project locations from Tucson, AZ.

Program Overview

Wild Arizona’s mission is to protect, link, and restore wild lands and waters across Arizona and beyond, for the enrichment and health of all generations, and to ensure Arizona’s native plants and animals a lasting home in wild nature. We organize and amplify multi-community voices of support for legislation and special designations; advocate for conservation science-based environmental policy and planning; and cultivate stewardship, social/environmental awareness, and well-being through outdoor volunteerism, science, and education.

We seek employees who demonstrate high standards in work quality, diligence, reliability, compassion, excellent judgment, and a desire to care for the environment.

Project Description

Projects will take place in remote locations across the state involving a wide variety of basic trail maintenance and reconstruction; extensive treadwork including rebenching, drain construction and maintenance and assorted rockwork; brushing trail corridors with the use of loppers and hand saws; removal of downed trees with the use of crosscut saws; removal and control of invasive plants with the use of chainsaws and application of herbicides; and trail condition assessments using Arc Field Maps and other mapping software.

Essential Accountabilities and Functions:

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • Required to walk on uneven, slippery terrain, as well as kneel for extended periods of time while working
  • Required to use hands to operate tools such as chainsaws, crosscut saws, hand saws, loppers, picks, and shovels
  • Lift and carry 50+ pounds of gear and equipment over rugged terrain up to 6-10 miles daily
  • Must be able to speak, read, and write English
  • Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse weather conditions
  • High school diploma or GED certificate
  • Must have a valid driver’s license 
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Sense of humor and desire to make a positive impact for the environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in Conservation Corps, Youth Corps, Student Conservation Corps, Wildland Firefighting, trail crew, or similar work experience
  • Familiar with basic conservation skills, including tool maintenance
  • Current USFS Crosscut Sawyer Certification
  • Current USFS Chainsaw Certification
  • Current Federal driver’s license and defensive driving certification
  • Current backcountry medical certification (First Aid/CPR, Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder)
  • Current State of AZ Pesticide Handlers Certification

Employment at Wild Arizona is exclusively based upon qualifications and competency. We are seeking candidates who have a commitment to engage with us to create a just and inclusive work environment and world.

Wild Arizona provides all people with equal employment and volunteer opportunities and does not discriminate against anyone in treatment, hiring, training, assignment, compensation, promotional opportunities, employee benefits, recall from layoff, discharge and discipline, or any other term and condition of employment on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, parental status, veteran status, union activity, political affiliation, physical or mental disability unrelated to an individual’s ability to perform the job with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other basis prohibited by law. We encourage all people with the essential skills/qualifications and commitment, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, to apply. 

Please submit your cover letter, resume and two references to Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Accepting applications until all available positions are filled.