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Woodworking Crew

Do you like working with wood? Do you enjoy small-scale construction projects?

Woodworking Crew members use their construction skills to build kiosks, benches and other trail-related structures to welcome visitors to conserved lands.

Volunteers on ladders building kiosk

Responsibilities

  • Either solo or on a team, construct trail-related structures from wood and other materials, following Kestrel Land Trust plans and specifications.
  • Help assemble and install trail-related structures onsite, usually as part of a volunteer work crew.
  • Either solo or on a team, repair and maintain existing trail-related structures.
  • Opportunities may be available to lead construction teams or design new structures.
carpenter drilling wood close up

Qualifications

  • Interest in working outdoors and a commitment to conservation.
  • Experience completing home woodworking projects.
  • Proficiency operating a variety of hand and power tools.
  • Math skills and experience accurately measuring materials to be cut and installed.
  • Ability to work precisely with attention to detail.
  • Experience problem-solving when errors occur.
  • Ability to carry loads along trail terrain (usually in teams).
  • Ability to travel independently to sites.
  • Possession of a home workshop and/or tools is desirable.
Woodworking volunteer smiling

Typical Time Commitment

  • We ask that Woodworking Crew members attend 1-2 day workshops to master the designs and construction techniques that have been developed for Kestrel structures.
  • Time to assemble and install structures onsite will vary depending on the scale of the structure:  3-8 hours.
  • Once the technique for a particular structure has been mastered, we hope that Woodworking Crew members will apply their knowledge by contributing to future projects building that item.
3 volunteers drilling

Tools & Training Provided

  • In training workshops, John Hondrogen, Kestrel volunteer and retired builder will provide hands-on instruction in the steps of constructing trail-related structures following Kestrel Land Trust plans and specifications. Structures are assembled, then partially disassembled for transport to the worksite. This technique enables structures to be built in home workshops.
  • Experienced staff or volunteers serve as crew leader to oversee onsite assembly and installation of trail structures. Additional Kestrel volunteers will be recruited as needed to assist with installations.
  • Kestrel has a limited supply of hand and power tools—it will be helpful if volunteers can supply some of their own tools.
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