Stewardship Internships

Help steward a 740-mile waterway that traverses New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire, and Maine!

Due to an injury, are looking for one more intern to join our crew. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until positio.

In 2024, six stewardship interns will help complete projects across the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Interns will work together alongside other NFCT staff and volunteers as a Stewardship Crew to complete a variety of campsite, river access, and portage trail development and maintenance projects along the trail corridor. Interns will have the opportunity to coordinate and lead a waterway work trip, cultivating leadership and team-building skills. In 2024 we will have two teams of interns. One team will be a roving team, working on projects in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, and the other will be based along the Allagash Wilderness Waterway in northern Maine.

Position Details

  • Duration: June 3rd—August 8th
  • Field-based, full time (40 hours/week)
  • $440/week stipend
  • Food provided during the work week
  • Trainings in paddling skills, timber and stonework, erosion control, leadership, volunteer management, and more.
  • Roving crew: Base camp in Waitsfield, VT for days off, with a rustic kitchen, loft, tent space, privy, outdoor shower, fire flies, and mountain views
  • Allagash crew: access to ranger facilities during days off (kitchen, shower, internet, laundry, etc).
  • Reimbursement for work-related travel in personal vehicles
  • Academic credit can be arranged

Internship Goals:

  • To build competence in trail work, erosion control, and stewardship techniques
  • To help complete hands-on, meaningful public access projects
  • To practice leadership, teamwork, and volunteer management skills
  • To obtain experience that helps prepare interns for a future career in conservation, natural resources management, or related fields.


  • 19 years of age by the time the internship begins
  • Willingness to camp in remote locations
  • Enthusiasm for physical work and outdoor living
  • Experience working in a group setting
  • Solid work ethic
  • Valid driver’s license

Strong applicants will have an interest in a career in conservation, recreation, and related fields, prior experience living and working outdoors, and training in wilderness first aid.

Questions: Contact NFCT Assistant Trail Director at or (802)-496-2285

How To Apply: Complete the Stewardship Intern Application Form and submit it along with a resume and three references. Please note that this is a google form-based document. A word version of this application (to complete offline and then copy and paste your responses) is available here.


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