Crew Leader Information

The success of the Volunteer Vacations program depends on hard working and dedicated volunteers. If you are interested in taking on a more active role during your next Volunteer Vacation and contributing your leadership skills and personality to help fellow crew members, consider being an American Hiking Society Crew Leader.

AHS Crew Leaders act as liaisons between the AHS office, the project host and the crew. You do not need to be an expert trail builder to take on the role of Crew Leader, but you do need to have prior volunteer vacation experience, have good communication and organizational skills, and be a flexible team player.

Join us in this important endeavor to improve our trails and ensure a memorable experience for all of our volunteers!

Become an American Hiking Society Crew Leader

1. To better understand the responsibilities of American Hiking Society Volunteer Vacation Crew Leaders please read the Crew Leader Job Description and watch the following 10-minute Orientation video:

2. Review the listing of 2020 trips that are still in need of a Crew Leader:


LocationStateTrip StartTrip EndAccommodationsAccess
Custer Gallatin National ParkMT7/12/20207/18/2020CabinDay hiking up to 10 miles each work day
Boundary Waters Canoe Area WildernessMN7/19/20207/25/2020Primitive Tent SitesBackpacking 2 miles to basecamp (Day hiking up to 4 miles each work day)
California Coastal National MonumentCA9/20/20209/26/2020Car CampingDay hiking up to 3 miles each work day
Trinity River National Wildlife RefugeTX10/25/202010/31/2020CabinDay hiking up to 3 miles each work day

3. Submit an online 2020 Volunteer Vacations Crew Leader Application for our files. You will receive confirmation that we received your application.  If we think you would be a good fit for the crew leader program, we will contact you to set up a phone interview.

4. If you would like to get involved but are not sure you are ready to lead a crew on your own, please contact Libby Wile at [email protected] or call 1-800-972-8608 ext. 704.  We will keep your contact information on file for future correspondence, orientation dates, and training information, and can potentially arrange for you to shadow an experienced Crew Leader on your next trip.

Crew Leader Benefits

Leading a Volunteer Vacation crew for American Hiking is immensely rewarding and one of today’s premier volunteer leadership positions working to support America’s trails. You will gain hands-on leadership experience, receive training materials and resources, access to early trip registration, and your registration fee will be waived for trips that you lead.  In addition to these benefits, we are often able to provide gear and product samples from our generous sponsors as an added THANK YOU for your efforts.

"In ‘giving back’ I always receive more than I give and I love having my “office” in the great outdoors! The greatest reward is to empower volunteers with new skills and the pleasure of a job well done."

- AHS Crew Leader, Mary Chayka-Crawford

"It is a pleasure to work with crew members.  Not only do you meet new friends and renew old friendships, but you also have a sense of accomplishment and ownership."

- AHS Crew Leader, Phil Meinert