Trail Steward | East Hudson region

Trail Stewards are essential in helping discourage and mitigate misuse of the trails and the surrounding lands of popular hiking destinations such as the stunning Gertrude's Nose in Minnewaska, Harriman's Bear Mountain and Slide Mountain in the Catskills. Join the Trail Conference as a volunteer Trail Steward and inspire everyone who enjoys these trails to have a role to play in caring for them.

Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has been committed to educating and assisting the public in the safe, enjoyable, and responsible use of trails. To advance our efforts, in 2013 we began deploying Trail Stewards at popular hiking destinations. This season, awesome volunteer Trail Stewards are needed at Gertrude's Nose in the stunning Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Bear Mountain and throughout the Catskills.


  • Educate the public about safe and responsible trail use, including the principles set forth by Leave No Trace.
  • Inform visitors of the park rules and regulations.
  • Track visitor attendance on the trail, as well as, recording any notable observations.
  • Monitor the conditions of the trail and report any misuse (including vandalism, fires, large hiking parties of 8 or more, etc.)
  • Pack out litter found on the Trail.
  • Inform park staff of any issues beyond the scope of the Trail Steward’s expected duties (emergencies, noncompliant visitors, etc.).
  • Be an ambassador of both the park and the Trail Conference to the public.


  • Must be able to hike a minimum distance of seven miles on a combination of footpaths and carriage roads (for Minnewaska).
  • Possess good communication skills,
  • Should have a positive attitude, patience, and problem-solving ability
  • Must dependably fulfill their volunteer commitment.

 Applicants should demonstrate the interest and ability to contribute to the public-service effort of working to promote the responsible use of trails, volunteerism, and membership in the Trail Conference.

Applicants must be 18 years or older and proper hiking footwear is required. The Trail Steward is responsible for providing their own weather appropriate clothing/gear.

*Trail Stewards are needed for Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Bear Mountain and the Catskills.


Time Commitment: 
4-hour shifts for a minimum 3 days
East Hudson region

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