Overview

Summer Trail Crew Leader
Compensation for Trail Crew Leader position is $11.00/hr.

Overview
The Upper Valley Trails Alliance is currently seeking a trail crew leader for a 10 week period in support of our summer High School Trail Corps program, Outdoor Odyssey. Trail crew leaders will work with high school crew members to perform trail improvements within the beautiful and historic Connecticut River Valley region of NH & VT. You’ll have the opportunity to work with natural resource managers, trail building professionals, work outdoors, and build lasting friendships!

Learn more about the Upper Valley Trails Alliance at www.uvtrails.org

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
In collaboration with the Trail Programs Director, and UVTA staff, aid in the supervision of High School Trail Crews to maintain, restore, and construct trails.
o   Assist with project management, delegation of tasks, quality control in field and office,
o   Maintain a high level of positive morale
o   Instruct crew members in a safe manner and coordinate fun crew activities daily
o   Document project accomplishments, and assist Trail Programs Director with creating final reports
o   Perform a variety of semi-skilled maintenance and technical tasks.
o   Learn and apply sustainable trail design standards
o   With provided instruction, assist with building erosion control structures such as water diversions, treadway shaping, pedestrian bridges, boardwalks, retaining walls, and staircases.
o   Operate and maintain tools and equipment.

Benefits
o   Gain experience in new and sustainable trail construction techniques
o   Fun outdoor activities daily during four week Trail Corps
o   Rustic housing available if needed
o   Valuable professional and networking opportunities

Skills and Qualifications Required
o   Must be at least 18 years old.
o   Must have a high school diploma or GED, College education preferred
o   Must have or be able to attain valid current First Aid and CPR certifications
o   Must have a personal vehicle and valid driver license

Excellent communication skills
o   Durable sense of humor, enthusiasm, and ability to work hard
o   Possess initiative, independence, be team-oriented, and have strong navigational skills.
o   Ability to conduct strenuous field work and be able to lift and carry heavy loads up to 50 pounds
o   Ability to work cooperatively to perform outdoor work, while maintaining a good attitude, in rough terrain in a variety of summer weather conditions. Capacity to adjust to change.
o   Trail maintenance and/or construction experience and/or landscaping experience
o   Demonstrated group leadership skills
o   Ability to safely operate and maintain tools and equipment.
o   Ability to motivate, teach, and work with people of all ages and backgrounds.
o   Be attentive to detail, and be able to balance quality with efficiency.

Schedule
10 to 12 week leader position is full time June to late-August, not to exceed an average of 40 hours per week. Work weeks will typically run 8 hrs. per day Monday-Friday, however, flex time provisions are provided to accommodate occasional weekend work or longer shifts. Primarily in field work coupled with some in office time. Must be available for all trainings as required.

To Apply
Please submit the following items via email attachments (start all attachment filenames with your last name) to [email protected] with Subject line: TrailCorps Leader; “Your Last Name”
o   Resume
o   Cover letter addressing why you are interested in this position, why we should be interested in you, and how you meet required expectations,
o   Contact information for three references
You are welcome to collate the three above application components and send as one attachment.
Applications accepted until the position is filled.

Questions? Contact Russell Hirschler at [email protected] or Sean Ogle at [email protected]  or Upper Valley Trail Alliance, Phone: (802) 649-9075

About Upper Valley Trails Alliance

The Upper Valley Trails Alliance advocates for the use, maintenance and development of trails in the region. Through education, outreach & stewardship we:
promote active lifestyles through trail use in all seasons
connect people and places through a regional trail network
lead a coalition of local trail groups and advocates
Promoting Active Lifestyles
We aim to build the most comprehensive trail resource available for the Upper Valley. Any season of the year, you can log on and find a trail to enjoy. We also provide printed guides and recreation books like the kids' Passport to Winter Fun. Check back often as we build out the trails directory, and help out by sharing your favorite trails.
Connecting People and Places
Trails are the geographic lifeblood of our community. Through volunteer efforts, we coordinate the maintenance of existing trails and the construction of new ones. We work closely with landowners and municipalities to secure access rights so that all may enjoy the benefits of trails. Whenever possible, we connect trails with each other to provide new avenues for recreation and travel.
Leading a Trails Coalition
From the Andover Mountaineers to the Windsor Sno Travelers, the Upper Valley is blessed with an abundance of trails groups. These groups cover diverse activities ranging from foot travel to motor sports, all linked by the common goal of securing safe, open, and respectful access to trails. We support all these groups and work together toward our common goals.