Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) is looking for individuals with
enthusiasm for public lands to join our team.
Position Title: Field Crew Member
Position Duration: September 7 to November 24 (some work in December may be possible)
Compensation: $13.50 per hour
Position Supervisor: Field Operations Coordinator
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
About Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS)
SAWS is a passionate combination of employees, volunteers, and supporters, dedicated to a
mission of educating, cultivating, and empowering an engaged public for the stewardship of
protected public lands. We pride ourselves on being a transformative conservation non-profit,
serving as a resource to our local partners and the federal land managing agencies we work with.
SAWS was founded in 2010 to respond to a regional need for stewardship focused on federally
designated wilderness. We work with the national forests in the mountain regions of Georgia,
Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky and Arkansas to
provide stewardship through our four program areas: field crews, wilderness rangers, volunteers,
SAWS has three primary goals:
â–ª Take care of wild public lands in our footprint;
â–ª Provide transformational job opportunities in the outdoors that cultivate, educate,
empower, and create equitable career pathways for the next generation of conservation
â–ª Increase public awareness about, equitable access to, and the relevancy of public lands
SAWS has recommitted to building a more diverse constituency so that the individuals we
employ and serve resemble our country, and we work to dismantle racist systems that have
historically excluded people of color from the conservation field. We have three priorities
associated with this goal: having a diverse and inclusive board, creating an inclusive workforce
and increasing the diversity of the people that are engaged by our programs, and working with
and following the lead of organizations led by Black, Indigenous, and other people of color
(BIPOC) to strategize and build equitable career paths and career development opportunities for
BIPOC and historically excluded communities.
Field Crew Members will work on a crew of 6, comprised of a Field Crew Leader, an Assistant
Field Crew Leader, and 4 Field Crew Members. Field Crew Members will complete 2 weeks of
orientation followed by 10 weeks working on multiday, remote field projects for up to 9 days at a
time. Field crews may address projects such as, but not limited to:
• Trail relocations
• Rockwork construction
• Erosion control (installation of water bars, grade dips, log or stone steps, etc.)
• Mitigating campsite impacts
• Reestablishing trail tread
• Brushing trail corridors and removing downed trees
• Baseline species data collection
• Non-native and invasive species removal
• Public education (Leave No Trace, bear safety and awareness, wilderness education, etc.)
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Complete field crew member training which may include trail construction, trail
maintenance, backcountry camp set up and procedures, Leave No Trace ethics, and
• Work with crew leaders to effectively complete critical backcountry stewardship projects.
• Assist in developing and maintaining effective, positive relationships with US Forest
Service personnel, partner organization staff, and partner organization volunteers.
• Create media (blogs, photography, video, etc.) to share for reporting and documentation.
• Follow and practice SAWS organizational policies in the field.
• Hike into, camp, and work in backcountry settings, more than a mile from a vehicle or
• Maintain a safe, positive, and fun working environment where everyone feels welcome
and their contributions are valued.
• Maintain high standard levels for project completion.
• Enthusiasm for the SAWS mission, environmental conservation, public lands, and the
Southern Appalachian landscape.
• Commitment to learning and acting on SAWS’ Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
program and dismantling racist systems and barriers to access to public lands.
• Ability to travel on foot over rough terrain for up to 10 miles per day while carrying
65lbs or more.
• Ability to work in a remote and primitive setting with diverse groups of people.
• Desire to be a vibrant member of an enthusiastic working team and transformative non-
profit organization and to make a difference for the surrounding landscape and
regarding the application may be submitted via email to Rebekah Morrisson, Field Operations
Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.