Sawyer Crew

The Sawyer Crew is a special corps of stewards who serve a unique and extremely important function in Wissahickon Valley Park. This dedicated & highly trained crew of volunteers clear fallen trees from the trail system in the park. They are trained in safety measures, chainsaw usage and maintenance, flagging, swamping, and communicating with a crew in the field. New members to the sawyer crew will begin by serving as flaggers until they are properly trained an approved by the lead sawyer to operate a chainsaw.

With storms increasing in intensity, the Sawyer Crew plays an integral role in keeping the Wissahickon beautiful and safe for our fellow park users.  If you love the Wissahickon, working outdoors and are interested in making a big difference, consider applying to be part of the Sawyer Crew!


We are currently recruiting for our 2020 class of Sawyers!  If interested in joining this corps, start by completing this application. We will then schedule a time to meet with you to discuss options, goals, and potential entry into the volunteer program. The deadline to apply is January 3, 2020. Space will be limited, so apply early! For more information, email Volunteer Manager Shawn Green at

If selected to join the team, Sawyer Crew members are required to attend First Aid/CPR certification as well as an introductory training course, which include the following areas:

  • Flagging
  • Swamping
  • Safety
  • Tool Maintenance