Backcountry Trails Program in partnership with Americorps

A Trinity Alps Backcountry Trail Crew uses primitive hand tools to carve a new trail into the side of a mountain.

The Backcountry Trails Program (BCTP) was established in 1979, and later became a joint program between the California Conservation Corps and AmeriCorps.

The BCTP assembles six crews from widely diverse backgrounds. The crews leave behind the conveniences of modern life and venture into the mountains to spend five months doing some of the most challenging and ultimately rewarding work of their lives. BCTP Corpsmembers learn the historic skills of trail maintenance and construction, and the process of building healthy, inclusive communities.

Highly regarded in the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and trails community, the BCTP offers a path for those interested in pursuing a career in related fields. As a direct result of the skills acquired from their experience in the BCTP, an estimated 70% of BCTP alumni have gone on to work in trails and other conservation related fields for at least one season.

Hands-on trail work and wilderness survival training, five months completely off the grid, and the potential to earn an AmeriCorps scholarship make the Backcountry Trails Program incredibly unique. Corpsmembers call the BCTP experience unforgettable and transformative.

Applying for the Backcountry Trails Program? Check this page often for updates on the application process and instructions.

The Work and Experience

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How to Apply

Applying for the Backcountry program? Check this page often for updates on the application process and instructions.

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