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State Lands Management Job Opportunities

State Lands staff building a universally accessible trail at Aitken State ForestWorking with the State Lands management team involves a wide and exciting range of opportunities, from field forestry to recreation project management to trail building. Below are current opportunities available in the State Lands program.

Full-time Positions

No full time positions are available at this time.

Temporary and Seasonal Positions

Trail Coordinator


This position coordinates trails program and projects in an assigned district for the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. Plans, develops, and coordinates trail maintenance and development projects, and supervises and monitors in-house, contracted and volunteer trail crews. May develop and coordinate a volunteer trail maintainer program on state lands. May also support the preparation of grants, requests for proposals, and contracts for trail projects. Duties are performed under the general direction of the Forest Recreation Specialist, Parks Regional Manager or State Lands Stewardship Forester, but with need for significant independence interacting with the public and outside service providers. Wilderness First Aid/Responder and CPR certifications desired, as well as chainsaw certification (Game of Logging) although these trainings may be provided by FPR if needed. Must have driver's license. State or rental vehicle will be available. Positions are being hired in three district offices: Springfield, Rutland, and Essex Junction. Hours per year range from 960-1280.

To apply, visit Applications accepted until positions are filled.

Trail Coordinator 1 - Full Position Description (pdf)


Seasonal Trail Crew Leader


The State Trail Crew Leader prepares for, and leads, a 4-6-person trail crew on recreation and trail projects on Vermont State Lands. The Crew Leader is responsible for the safety and supervision of the team and is accountable for the quality and completeness of work projects. Under the supervision of the seasonal Trail Coordinator(s) and/or district recreation staff, the Crew Leader will plan the logistics involved in the completion of each project, including but not limited to, organizing proper tools, procuring materials, and arranging crew accommodations while working on projects. Field projects will be performed on trails throughout Vermont’s State Lands. Season runs from early May to early November.

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Seasonal Trail Crew Leader - Full Position Description (pdf)

Seasonal Trail Crew Member

$16.65-$17.46/hourState Trail Crew Training Group Photo

Be a part of a 4-person crew responsible for trail maintenance projects on Vermont’s state lands. You can work through the late summer or fall depending on your availability. The crew consists of three crew members and one crew leader. Pay range between $16.65-$17.46 depending on prior experience. The crew works on trails throughout Vermont and travels between work areas. Most of the work is in the northern half of the state. The crew will be based out of the Groton State Forest Maintenance Shop where tent platforms and basic amenities are provided for days off. Position requires previous experience on trail crews or similar work. Wilderness First Aid and Game of Logging Levels 1-3 certifications are encouraged but the successful candidate can also gain these certifications as part of the position training. This position has two date ranges based on your availability.

To apply for a Seasonal Trail Crew Member I, visit

To apply for a Seasonal Trail Crew Member II, visit

Applications accepted until positions are filled.

Seasonal Trail Crew Member 1 - Full Position Description (pdf)

Seasonal Trail Crew Member 2 - Full Position Description (pdf)

Forestry Specialist


We are seeking an enthusiastic, detail-oriented and tech savvy field technician to assist with entry-level Forestry work on state lands in Vermont. Employment runs approximately from May through November, but exact dates may be flexible depending on candidate. State fleet vehicles are available, and their use is preferable, but use of personal vehicle may be required on occasion, with mileage reimbursed. Project duties may include forest inventory, timber sale marking, boundary line marking, road and trail maintenance, kiosk and gate installation and maintenance, invasive plant management, hazard tree removal, trailhead maintenance, trail project oversight, road and trail assessments, wildlife habitat improvement, and data management. The selected candidate will work with the State Land staff to create a work plan and execute identified projects.  Work is performed under the direct supervision of a licensed forester or forest recreation specialist. Positions are being hired in four district offices: Barre, Rutland, St. Johnsbury and Essex Junction. Hours per year range from 960-1280.

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Forestry Specialist I - Full Position Description (pdf)