Trail Stewardship Team

Since 1975, The Trails Stewardship Team (TST) of Jeffco Open Space has employed county youth for trail maintenance and natural resource restoration of parks. TST promotes a positive work and stewardship ethic among team members while helping to maintain and improve natural surface trails, mitigate noxious weeds, and restore natural areas. Crew Members can expect to cover ~150 miles in seven weeks on various job sites within Jeffco Open Space parks. TST employs 80 youth each summer, placed into crews of eight to 10 team members, supervised by adult Crew Leaders.

CREW MEMBER Applications will be posted March 1 - March 31, 2019.

Join us for TST Info Night!
Tuesday, March 12, 6-7:30 p.m.
Jeffco Open Space Headquarters

If you are interested in learning more about this amazing summer work program for youth, please stop by our open house to speak with staff and get your questions answered. Hear from former TST employees as to what being a TST Crew Member is all about!

Pizza will be served to all attendees from 6:00 - 6:30. Following dinner, Jefferson County Open Space will delve into the importance of our TST and how it benefits participants and our parks. We will end the evening with a Q & A session.

Hope to see you there!
Registration appreciated

Minimum Qualifications

  • Jefferson County resident
  • Age 14 through 18 on June 4, 2019
  • Available to work from June 11 to July 25, 2019, Tuesday through Thursday, with no more than two absences 
  • Possess your own Social Security number before submitting application
  • Be able to supply your own transportation to and from the Jeffco Open Space headquarters in Golden each workday
  • Have and bring a back pack, lunch, water (3 liters), raincoat, sunscreen, gloves, and work boots
  • Be able to carry all personal gear, as well as tools and equipment, to and from the job sites
  • Be able and willing to follow verbal instructions


  • Be on time, with equipment and in uniform each workday
  • No more than two excused absences, no exceptions
  • Strenuous hiking; two to five miles every day
  • Work in hot sun with no shade, or in rainy weather
  • Climb elevations between 5,000 and 9,000 feet
  • Safely use hand tools such as shovels, picks, rakes, rock bars, pruning saws, and various landscaping tools
  • Safely move heavy rocks, branches and dirt
  • Pick up litter, stack logs, cut and move vegetation 
  • Be able to stoop, bend, push, pull, lift and perform all manners of motion related to outdoor labor
  • Follow all safety practices common to outdoor work
  • Respect and appreciate the surrounding natural environment
  • Participants will work Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the weeks of activity for TST. Wage for 2019 is $11.10/hr.

CREW LEADER Applications will be posted February 1 - February 28, 2019. 

Crew Leader Applications NOW OPEN HERE

Crew Leaders manage teams of eight to 10 Crew Members over the seven-week program and are responsible for project completion. Crew Leaders are not required to have previous trail experience however, youth leadership experience is preferred. 

Job Responsibilities 

In addition to Crew Member expectations, Crew Leaders must:

  • Attend two-week training May 28 - June 6, 2019
  • Work from 7:30 a.m - 5:00 p.m.
  • Transport crews in county vehicles
    (valid drivers license required)
  • CDL bus driver position available