The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference is seeking an experienced trail builder to help lead and coordinate our Conservation Corps trail crews and projects. This position will provide technical expertise, project management, training, and support to AmeriCorps trail crews as well as volunteers and agency partners. They will provide guidance on trail layout, design, assessment, and on-the ground solutions. The position will report to the Senior Trail Builder and work closely with Trail Conference staff and volunteers as well as numerous partner agencies and contracted clients.
The Trail Conference Conservation Corps recruits, trains, and deploys AmeriCorps members to work alongside volunteers in the construction and maintenance of award-winning trails throughout Northern New Jersey and New York’s Hudson Valley. The right candidate is an accomplished trail builder who can function as both a trainer and manager to multiple field crews, facilitating the progress and completion of multiple projects at once. The candidate must be committed to building quality sustainable trails as well as crews through training, mentoring, and ongoing support.
Three field seasons of trail experience with comprehensive knowledge and understanding of trail construction, maintenance, and safety best practices.
Experience in layout and construction of multi-use trails preferred.
• Significant experience leading and managing trail crews.
• Demonstrated ability to train trail crews and volunteers in trail work techniques, practices and standards, tool use, safety, and teamwork, and assisting with crew members’ personal and professional development throughout their terms of service.
• Experience working with a wide variety of volunteers, field staff, agency personnel, contractors, recreational users, and other stakeholders to accomplish trail projects.
• Skills in safe use, operation, and maintenance of a wide variety of hand and power tools, as well as other mechanical equipment. Must have expertise with rigging equipment, setting up and supervising highline operations, and technical rockwork including stone stairs, retaining walls, and stone splitting and shaping.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision while maintaining effective communications with the rest of the team.
• Ability to regularly carry 50 pounds in mountain terrain and work under physically demanding
conditions, including cold and wet weather.
• Experience using Windows, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel or equivalents.
• Must have a valid driver's license with an insurable driving record, and reliable personal transportation.
• Wilderness First Aid (or higher) and CPR training (training can be provided for the right candidate).