Minimum Full Time seasonal position
(avg. 32 hrs/week) mid-April through mid-October, 2018
Compensation: $16-$25/hr DOE
Duty Station: Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger Station, Minturn CO
Summary: The Adopt a Trail (AAT) Ranger serves as the leader of AAT trail work days, overseeing small to medium-sized groups of volunteers in light-to-medium duty trail maintenance activities. This position works closely with the Adopt A Trail Coordinator to organize and implement volunteer trail maintenance in Eagle County on public lands. This position is a private contractor position but works within the US Forest Service operations environment at the Eagle-Holy Cross District Ranger Station in Minturn. The Ranger will have access to a government vehicle, wear USFS uniform for many duties, and follow USFS employee requirements.
- Strong oral and written communication skills, public speaking
- Experience/ability to lead small and large volunteer projects
- Ability and minimum fitness to work outside during all conditions and perform trail maintenance-related labor including hiking with weight, digging, lifting, etc. Work with hand tools.
- Knowledge of generally accepted trail construction and maintenance methods; especially USFS trail maintenance techniques (can learn this ongoing)
- Basic knowledge of Leave No Trace ethics and techniques for environmental education
- Ability to work with adults, teens, and children
- Clean drivers license
- Outdoor first aid techniques/certification (for example: WFA, WFR, OEC, + current CPR; can be obtained prior to start date)
Field work and group leadership
- Lead supervised adopter trail work days throughout the season dependent upon the skill and abilities of adopters
Liaison for United States Forest Service, White River National Forest
- Represent the USFS to the public and adopters, and educate them on USFS policy, issues, and regulations
- Communicate with USFS regularly regarding work plans, work day schedules, status of the program, and other issues
- Communicate regularly and openly with the AAT Volunteer Coordinator about trail maintenance progress, scheduling supervised days, level of progress on adopted trails, etc.
- Check in/out with the USFS when in the field
Education and training of public volunteers
- Assist the AAT Volunteer Coordinator with recruitment meeting, trail training days, seasonal celebrations and other meetings
- Train the AAT Volunteer Coordinator in USFS trail work techniques and USFS protocol
- Train adopters in proper trail maintenance techniques and ensure that work meets USFS trail maintenance standards as set forth in the USFS Trail Management Handbook (FSH 2309.18)
- Ensure all adopters are aware of USFS safety policies and protocols and have signed the necessary paperwork before commencing trail maintenance activities including the JHA and volunteer agreements
- Educate adopters in maintenance log documentation, tool care and use of the USFS/AAT shed for equipment check out/in.
Oversee smooth public/private communication
- Confirm supervised trail work days with adopter team leaders in advance, including a discussion of weather changes, number of participants, and work to be completed
- Alert AAT Coordinator of any cancellations or changes of trail work days ASAP
Maintain and track equipment and work
- Oversee tool storage and paperwork flow in the USFS/AAT tool shed
- Maintain tool inventory – report damages and need for repair – sharpen tools when needed
- Evaluate trail work completed and report larger projects to USFS and AAT coordinator
- Ensure proper records are kept for each work day and update master maintenance log, trail progress sheets, volunteer hours and RSVP forms regularly throughout summer
- Perform surveys of adopted trails as practical to contribute to USFS and countywide trail inventories
- Safely operate and maintain USFS vehicle during on-highway use and at works sites throughout the field season
Interested persons should contact Michelle Wolffe, the Eagle County Adopt-A-Trail Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Application closing date:
Applications due by February 5th, 2018. If selected, applicants should be available for interviews between February 6 – 16.