Trail Crew Member
Additional Job Details
- International Applicants Allowed?
- Work Visa Sponsoring Available
RFOV is launching a professional trail crew to accomplish deferred maintenance work in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness and in other areas of RFOV’s region. The Trail Crew Member is responsible for working with a crew of 3-5 individuals as well as youth corps groups and volunteer groups on both frontcountry and backcountry trail and restoration projects, though a large portion of this position will be spent on backcountry wilderness projects in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. This position requires strong skills in trailwork, particularly in a wilderness setting, the ability to assess and manage risks, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Work under the direction of the Field Crew Leader and Program Director on backcountry and frontcountry trail and restoration projects.
- Support RFOV equipment and tool management: ensure tools, project equipment and supplies are clean and in good working order and regularly inventoried.
- Ensure project safety and practice effective risk management strategies.
- Serve as a crew leader on volunteer projects when necessary.
- Assist with project reporting
- Accurately measure project metrics and use internal databases to record metrics
- Assist in reporting systems on progress and accomplishments of all projects and ensure consistency and clear communication internally among RFOV staff.
- Assist in keeping all project notes and details as well as partnership information.
Volunteer Coordination and Management
- Work to create a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for volunteers.
- Ensure all RFOV volunteer programs foster a positive, educational, engaging, and motivating experience for volunteers.
- Occasionally serve as a crew leader on volunteer projects, overseeing a group of 8-10 students or volunteers.
Benefits include mileage reimbursement, gear and per diem back-country food stipends.
- Demonstrated capacity for managing and leading people. An excellent team builder who has experience in bringing a group of diverse individuals together for a common cause.
- Outdoor leadership, outdoor education, or environmental education experience.
- Experience working with youth outdoors or in other educational settings.
- Self-directed, highly motivated, reliable, with a result and solution oriented perspective, organized with an attention to detail, flexible with strong time-management skills.
- Excellent communication, motivational, and interpersonal skills applicable to a group outdoor setting.
- Strong belief in RFOV’s mission.
- Experience working for or with land management agencies (state, federal, or municipal).
- Excellent organizational, planning, and logistical skills.
- Ability to proactively solve problems, work independently, and be creative and resourceful.
- Professional verbal communication skills including a professional appearance and positive demeanor.
- Introductory ecological and natural resource knowledge and ability to teach others about these topics.
- Ability to live in the backcountry and conduct trail work while following Leave No Trace principles.
- Willingness to learn about ecosystems and natural resources of the Roaring Fork Valley through self-driven research and education from RFOV staff, partners, and volunteers.
All Applicants Must Have:
- Trail building/maintenance experience in the following areas: trail creation, tread maintenance, corridor maintenance, and creating natural-material trail features including steps, walls, and drainage structures.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively manage the inherent risks to the outdoors.
- The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion. The work projects may require hiking up to 10 miles per day at altitude, using heavy hand tools, extensive heavy stonework, and working and contributing as part of a team.
- Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
- Ability to live and work in potentially adverse weather conditions with a positive attitude.
- Current valid driver’s license and good driving record.
- First Aid (ideally Wilderness First Aid) certification or the ability to complete certification upon hire.
- Ability to pass a criminal background check.
The weekly work schedule will be variable with regular weekends and occasional evenings required and is based on a 40 hour work week. Work schedule for most of the season will require living in the backcountry for 4 to 8 days in a row with adequate breaks between backcountry intervals (e.g., 4 days on/3 days off, or 8 days on/6 days off).
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and we will begin reviewing applications on January 15, 2022.
How to Apply
Send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to: Melissa Daniels, Program Directorby email at mdaniel[email protected]. Phone and email questions and inquiries acceptable: [email protected], 970-927-8241. Ideal start date is Monday, April 25, 2022. Attendance to two paid staff training sessions Mon April 25-Thu April 28 and Sat Apr 30-Sun May 1 is mandatory, but actual work start date is flexible within the two weeks after that, especially for students.
Your cover letter can address the following prompts:
- What is your experience working with a team to cooperatively complete trail or restoration projects?
- What is your experience level with the following trail work techniques: rock steps, retaining walls, drainage structures (e.g., water bars, drainage dips), tread creation and maintenance, and trail design?
- Do you have any knowledge of or experience with restoration or fire mitigation techniques?
- What techniques and technologies have you used to measure and record project progress and information?
- What is your experience leading both youth and adult volunteers in technical work?
Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of all races, ages, sexual orientations, and ethnic and religious backgrounds. Organizational information can be found at www.rfov.org.