Trail work is grueling yet rewarding work. The first few weeks on the job, I contemplated quitting because I was slower than my teammates when hiking 11 miles up a steep mountain while carrying a 45 lb back pack and weed eater. However, my boss was patient with me and encouraged me to stay on the job. I am glad I did, because I learned so much. I was able to participate in creating a bridge over a stream--from felling the tree to using a grip hoist to set the bridge into place. I also was able to help in transforming a rocky slope into a usable trail. I got to rework trails so that water would runoff them and erosion would be minimized. I believe these skills will be useful in a future career in landscape architecture.
A day in the life of a Trail Crew Member in the National Park Service is rewarding to say the least. My position was based out of Lake Tahoe in California. We would wake up early at our campsite, get breakfast as a group, and get tools together for the days work. Work would consist of all sorts of trail maintenance, be it rock removal, trail drainage creations, removing debris etc. We would stop for lunch wherever we were working outside. Then when the day came to an end a big communal dinner and relaxation time.