The SHT Depends on Volunteers
Over 300 volunteers put in over 8,000 hours every year to keep the Superior Hiking Trail in great shape. We recently unveiled our new Trail Renewal Program, which will ensure volunteers are safe and successful in their work along the Trail.
- Give back to the Trail.
- Make new friends.
- See the Trail from a different perspective.
- Have FUN!
Are you a current volunteer? Thank you! Click here for Volunteer Documents.
Volunteer for Scheduled Trail Maintenance or Improvement Projects
All volunteer projects are under the direction of a SHTA staff member, Volunteer Crew Leader, or otherwise experienced trail maintainer. Projects may include building new trail, building bridges or boardwalk, clearing trees and brush, weed-whipping, or other duties as needed. Training is provided and no special skills are required.
Check out the SHTA Calendar to learn about upcoming events!
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
There are several ways you can help take care of the Superior Hiking Trail year after year.
- Adopt a section of trail: Section Adopters inspect and maintain a 2-5 mile section of the trail at least twice per year. The primary goal of a section adopter is to lop back the persistent brush that threatens to obscure the Trail. Check out the full job description.
- Adopt a campsite: Campsite Adopters inspect and maintain a SHT campsite at least twice per year. They clean out the fire ring, clear brush, and report hazard trees in the area. Check out the full job description.
- Become a substitute adopter. Substitute adopters fill in when the usual volunteer for a campsite or section is unable to make their trip in any given season. Check out the full job description.
- Help us lop and clear the Trail. We encourage groups who are looking to contribute to the Trail to contact us to learn how to lop the SHT.
A waitlist is ongoing. Volunteers may choose to wait for a specific section or can be updated about any available openings. Contact us to learn about current openings or to get on the waitlist.
Specialized groups of volunteers are another way to volunteer on the Superior Hiking Trail. SHTA currently oversees three such groups:
- Elite Latrine Digging Squad: ELDS members attend a training and arrange their own latrine work over the season. We ask that anyone attending an ELDS training commit to digging at least two latrines over the course of the upcoming year. Read the full job description here.
- Campsite Furniture Cadre: These volunteers disassemble aging and/or unsafe benches from SHT campsites and haul out the old materials. With extended training, members of this brigade may be able to create new benches out of locally-sourced materials. Read the full job description here.
- Trailhead Signage Brigade: Brigade volunteers help to stabilize and declutter existing SHTA signage. Read the full job description here.
Event Volunteer Opportunities
- Check our Calendar to see what’s on the horizon.
- Staff Event Booths: Help us represent and promote the Association by staffing booths at events in the Twin Cities, Duluth, and up the North Shore. Check out our calendar to learn about upcoming events.
Documents for Existing Volunteers
- Campsite Maintenance Report
- Section Leader Maintenance Report
- Volunteer Services Agreement with Appendix E *PDF*
- Superior National Forest Job Hazard Analysis *PDF*
- Form for Authorization for Injury Examination and/or Treatment *PDF*
- Addendum to OF-301A Volunteer Services Agreement *PDF*
- RSVP form
- NVC Volunteer application
- North Country Trail Handbook
- North Country Trail Association Volunteer Resource Center