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Backcountry Trails Program

  • 1500 Alamar Way, Fortuna, CA
  • linktr.ee/backcountrytrails

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Backcountry Crew Cook

Get paid to live and work in some of California's most beautiful wilderness areas while cooking delicious meals for a trail crew of young adults!  Positions are located in remote backcountry locations which make great base camps for weekend backpacking trips.

min experience

salary range

$0 - $19.9k / year

Additional Job Details

International Applicants Allowed?
Work Visa Sponsoring Available

Job Overview

The CCC Backcountry Trails Program is hiring two Backcountry Crew Cook positions!  We’re looking for experienced crew cooks who can cook delicious meals for a hungry trail crew.  This is an excellent opportunity to lead and mentor young adults while providing them with the necessary nourishment so they can perform critical trail restoration work in California’s national forests.


  • live and work with crew for entire 5-month season
  • cook nutritious meals for a crew of 16 corps members, accommodating a variety dietary needs (e.g. meat, vegetarian, vegan, and allergies)
  • manage spike camp kitchen including food inventory and sanitation
  • manage food budget
  • supervise, mentor, guide young adults in the context of a spike camp kitchen


  • Klamath Crew:  21 weeks in Klamath National Forest (various locations)
  • Big Basin-Inyo Crew:  4-6 weeks in Big Basin State Park, 15-17 weeks in Inyo National Forest (various locations)

DATES:  4/20/22 – 9/30/22

PAY:  Up to $19,998.


  • Call Karlson at 707-601-6678 for more information
  • Email resume to [email protected]
  • Select candidates will be contacted to submit a bid for the position

Minimum Requirements

  • Must have a ServSafe Food Handler Cert (can be obtained online)
  • Possess own vehicle
  • Pass a background check

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