Adopt a Trail Ranger Job Description

Adopt A Trail Ranger Job Description

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.

Minimum 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)

Job responsibilities:

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

Application closing date:

Applications due by February 5th, 2018.  If selected, applicants should be available for interviews between February 6 – 16.