Volunteer Opportunities


Be part of the volunteer Trail Steward team to help protect the brand new Ashokan Rail Trail!


Looking for group volunteer adventures across our regions that are convenient for your schedule?


Join one of our Trail Crews for a day or a full season restoring and building sustainable trails for all!


Become a part of the Trail Conference family and adopt a trail of your very own!


Do you want to help protect our native habitats? Do you want to learn how to garden for wildlife? Join the Habitat Helpers to care for native plantings at the Trail Conference headquarters!


Have a passion for the Appalachian Trail? Become a monitor of the trail boundaries that surround this historic, beloved trail.

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Do you manage a natural area? Do you need to have a documented plan for addressing invasive species? Take this workshop to help you get started on your plan.

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COVID-19 Volunteer Protocols
As caretakers of the region’s trails and natural areas, the Trail Conference puts the safety of our service members, staff, and trail users first and foremost.
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about volunteering with the Trail Conference.

Building, Maintaining, and Protecting Trails

The Trail Conference is supported by more than 1,700 volunteers who annually donate over 93,000 hours of time to keep trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public.

Our volunteers are hard at work in the field...

  • Building new trails and rehabilitating old ones 
  • Keeping trails accessible for fellow users
  • Monitoring and removing invasive species

... and off-trail

  • Protecting trail lands through advocacy, conservation, and stewardship efforts
  • Using their professional skills to help support our mission

Outside or inside, close to home or at your go-to weekend trail destination, we aim to connect you with the volunteer opportunity that is right for you. Tell us how you'd like to be involved!

Adopt A Trail
There's trail out there that needs you! Volunteers who "adopt" a trail do the on-the-ground work to ensure it remains open and safe for fellow users. 
Get Out With Us
We're a community of volunteers who build and maintain hiking trails. Grab your workgloves and spent a day on a trail crew. Or, we can match your group to the right trail project.
Trail U
We build trails and teach on-trails skill to our volunteers. Our classes range from Intro level in basic trail maintenance to advanced training in trail layout & design, rock work, and more. Workshops are usually held in the field on real trail projects.