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Traveling Trail Builder


Posted by Dirt Artisans on 07/09/2024

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Bike, Fitness, Outdoor

Job Categories: Trail Management

Company Type: Recreation

State: , IN, KY, MI, OH, PA


Country: United States

Required Experience: 0 - 1 year

Contact Name: Sara Gatewood

Contact Phone: 513-484-3164

Job Type: Full Time

Salary: $20/hour

Required to Relocate:

Required to Travel: Yes

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within:

Job Description & Requirements

Traveling Trail Builder

Dirt Artisans Trail Company designs, builds and maintains natural surface trails for hiking, trail running & mountain biking along with accessible natural paths in several states across the nation. Trail builders operate machines, equipment and hand tools to create a sustainable trail for connectivity, healthy lifestyle and enjoyment. Trail builders clear foliage, create and shape the trail for proper drainage, build technical features, assemble rocks for armoring, construct bridges and operate equipment to haul supplies and manufacture the trail.


Responsibilities and Duties

  • Be able to travel and live away from home for extended periods of time.

  • Physically fit, strong, agile and dexterous.

  • Enjoy working outdoors in forests or fields and be prepared for weather changes.

  • Mindful and comfortable in nature, including wildlife and terrain with possible exposure to ticks, noxious weeds and steep side slopes.

  • Possess good stamina to be able to hike into the worksite, pick up, carry and use equipment/tools/rocks, capable to stand and perform repetitive tasks for extended periods of time and work an average of 8-10 hours/day.

  • Safely operate and maintain hand tools, such as an axe, rake, hoe, shovel, handsaw, hammer and loppers.

  • Capable of learning to safely use power tools, such as a drill, nail/screw gun, chainsaw and backpack leaf blower along with operating equipment including a UTV, motorized  hauler/dumper and tamper.

  • Observe and follow company and government policies and health and safety rules and guidelines.



  • Comply with work eligibility guidelines by completing the I-9 form.

  • High School Diploma or GED and at least 18 years old. 

  • Maintain proof of a valid Driver’s License, acceptable motor vehicle record and personal transportation to the jobsite locations and for personal use throughout the project.

  • Experience is not essential: we will train motivated applicants; you will need to learn new skills and show consistent improvement upon those skills to safely operate tools, equipment and complete job tasks correctly and efficiently.

  • Proficient in the skills to follow instructions, consistently maintain focus and attention to details, communicate effectively and work well with others.

  • Comply with professional and health and safety guidelines including a drug/alcohol/nicotine-free work zone.

  • Good stamina, physical and mental health are required to adhere to all health and safety guidelines.

Salary and Benefits

Hourly with a minimum base pay of $20/hour. Higher pay for experienced trail builders and experienced trail building machine operators (at least 1 year=2,000 hours). For non-local crew members, shared work crew housing or housing per diem offered. Mileage compensation. Opportunities for advancement. Health insurance available for full-time employees.

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About Dirt Artisans


Dirt Artisans is a national leader in sustainable, natural surface trail planning and design, construction and maintenance.

We specialize in the design and building of trails and trail systems to connect users with their natural surroundings. Versed in all aspects of sustainable trail development, Dirt Artisans is a national leader in natural surface trail design, construction and maintenance. We build cost-effective, low maintenance trails for hiking, walking, running and off-road cycling as well as ADA accessible paths.

No project is too big or small - our trailbuilding initiatives range in size from a short connector trail through a yard to many miles of multi-use trails through National Forests. We have all the equipment needed for building trails by hand or by machine and for performing detailed carpentry to create specific, custom trail features.