Trail Maintainer



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

Trail Conference volunteers are outdoor-loving people who want to make a difference. People just like you!

From the Catskills all the way to the Delaware Water Gap, the majority of our 2,200 volunteers are Trail Maintainers. Each Trail Maintainer "adopts" a section of trail to ensure the best possible experience for fellow users. Responsibilities include keeping the trail clear, making sure it's well-marked, and reporting major issues. Each Maintainer is expected to hike and care for their adopted trail at least twice a year and report their efforts back to their volunteer supervisor. 

No experience is necessary. Training is provided through our Introduction to Trail Maintenance workshops or with the experienced volunteer who serves as the Trail Supervisor in your region.


Please note that you must be 18 or older to apply for this volunteer position. If you are under 18, please have your guardian apply for the Trail Maintainer position and then you may volunteer with them.  


Apply here to become a Trail Maintainer.


Location: New York and New Jersey


Provide a well-maintained trail to give the public a pleasant and safe hiking experience.

Time Commitment: 
One to several hours, depending on trail section and number of visits to trail.