We hire ten students (ages 14-18) from area high schools and put them to work – to include life lessons.

Our nationally recognized and award-winning Youth Trail Crew is a summer work program, located in Plumas and Lassen National Forest, for high school teens. Our program teaches teens how to build trails, survive in the outdoors and gain employable life skills.

Youth Trail Crew members are supervised by two adult leaders that are familiar with the work area, are experts in trail restoration, and are well versed in backcountry safety. Storrie Youth Trail Crew live in tents, cook meals, and practice Leave No Trace camping – all working and living together in an outdoor community. Food and transport are provided. Storrie is a partnership program with the Plumas and Lassen National Forest using fire restoration dollars.

Program Summary

Ages 14-18 can come work with SBTS out on the trails
Dates: 06/13/2022 – 08/01/2022
Wage: $15/hour
Crew members will be out working and camping on public lands for 8 days, with 6 days off.  Crew members will be responsible for cooking, working, and living in an intentional community.  Throughout the program crew members will work on different projects on the Plumas, Lassen and Tahoe National Forest fostering a connection with public lands in their backyard.  Crew members will also be enrolled in Feather River College’s Outdoor Recreation Leadership program and receive community college credit for their work experience.

The Details

  • Rig up is Monday morning at 7:30am and de-rig is done the following Monday at 5pm.
  •  All rig up and de-rig is at SBTS HQ in Quincy, CA
  • Food is provided by SBTS and crew members will be menu planning, shopping and cooking as part of the program.
  • Crew members will also have a half-day rec day to go explore the areas they are working in.
  • Gear!  We don’t want gear to be a barrier to the program and SBTS provides all group gear, kitchen supplies, tools and Personal Protective Equipment (hard hat, gloves, etc).  SBTS has a small gear cache of sleeping bags and backpacks for crew members to borrow for the season.

Daily Schedule

  • 7:00am- Breakfast
  • 7:30am- Start work- boots on!
  • Hiking, project work, problem solving
  • Snack break
  • Lunch
  • Snack break
  • 4pm- Back to camp

Want to be part of our next Student Trail Crew?

  1. Print out both pages of the Downieville or Plumas application (below) and fill out.
  2. Email to Mandy at mandy@sierratrails.org or mail to PO Box 26 Graeagle, CA 96103.
    Application deadline is March 30th, 2022
Youth Trail Crew group in Buck Lake WIlderness

“This program gave me an amazing opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and experience something more. It shows me another side of the stunning Plumas County. I had a chance to work with amazing, passionate and enthused people. For these reasons I would recommend this program to others. It was extremely fulfilling and fun. I had a great experience with this program so I believe others should have a chance to enjoy it as well.”

Youth Trail Crew next to creek

“What I learned about myself in this program is that you can always do more than you think you can if you have the right mindset.”

Youth Crew Member Testimonies

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What is your proudest moment as part of the SBTS Youth Crew program?

“During my time on the trail, I experienced many moments of pride, but one that stood out to me was when a fellow crew member and I built our first checkstep without the aid of a crew leader. It was difficult and required much effort and critical thinking. But when it was done I felt accomplished and fulfilled.”

“My proudest moment was becoming really good friends with the people that I work with.”

“Being able to clean up our trails and get stronger mentally and physically.”

“My proudest moment as a part of being in the SBTS program is the knowledge I have gained on the outdoors, as well as my new found respect for trail work. I also am proud of the crew I was a part of. This was the best group of people I’ve ever met and I look up to all the leaders.”

Youth Trail Crew in a watershed
Youth Trail Crew sawing
Youth Trail Crew member with smile

Would you recommend this program to others?

“I definitely would recommend this program to others. It was an experience of meeting people outside of my hometown and learning a lot of work/life skills. You will gain more confidence with the fantastic support system and grow stronger from the physical aspects of trail work.”

“Definitely yes. It was super fun and I met a lot of cool people.”

“Heck yeah. This was one of my best experiences ever. We saw many beautiful places and met many fun and interesting people.”

What did you learn about yourself in this program?

“I can tackle more tasks than I thought I could.”

“I learned that I am more independent than I give myself credit for.”

“I learned that I can be more extroverted in group settings than I thought imaginable. Usually I shut down and keep to myself but this was not the case with the trail crew. I learned that you just need to surround yourself with the right people. The right kind of people will bring the best traits out of you. I learned how to be a leader and my most authentic self.”

“I found that I love the challenge of having to keep pushing forward mentally and physically.”

“What I learned about myself in this program is that you can always do more than you think you can if you have the right mindset.”

Youth Trail Crew building trail
Youth Trail Crew making dinner
Youth Trail Crew in forest
Youth Trail Crew jumping for joy

What was your biggest challenge being part of the program?

“My biggest challenge was opening up to my crew and speaking out more.”

“The biggest challenge was learning to go to bed early.”

“My biggest challenge was convincing myself to push on even when I was tired or disillusioned. Overcoming this sentiment helps me grow as a person. I felt stronger after I pushed on and I could tell my crew mates appreciated my endurance.”

“I think staying away from home for so long and also the physical energy it took each day.
Finding the drive to keep pushing in times of struggle.”