Recovery Act Is Bringing Temporary Jobs To The Allegheny Highlands

Warm Springs, VA – The Recovery Act is providing funding for temporary employment in the Alleghany Highlands of Virginia in 2010. The Student Conservation Association known as the SCA is a long time partner of the Forest Service and will be hiring people to accomplish trail maintenance work on National Forest trails in Alleghany, Bath, and Highland counties.

Three trail teams will be formed, one for each county, and will begin work in mid-May. The Alleghany County team will work for 6 months on approximately 20 miles of trail in the Alleghany Highlands Trail system. The Bath County group will work for 3 months on approximately 38 miles of trail. In Highland County, a trail crew will work for 4.5 months on trails in the Laurel Fork area. The SCA is recruiting both crew leaders and crew members for this effort.

The weekly living allowances vary by team. All trail teams will work 10 days on and 4 days off. This work entails camping out during the 10 day work tour. Room and board are provided and all are eligible for an Education Grant. The Education Grant allows for time served with the SCA employment to be credited against education costs. You must be 18 years or older to apply.

Applications are done on line at: You can contact the SCA by email at The SCA Program Coordinator for this project is Shane Sheldon. You can contact Shane at his Roanoke office at 540-265-5177.

Applications are now being accepted. Positions are being filled as applications are received. The sooner you apply for a position, the better your chances of securing one.

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Heather Niday

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