This position begins as soon as hiree is able to begin work. Remote work may be possible at start of employment.
Green Mountain Club field staff are supported by two Field Supervisors; one supporting trail crews, and the other supporting the Backcountry Caretaker program. The Field Supervisors are critical to the annual success of the GMC Field Program, serving as the bridge between year-round staff at the GMC headquarters and the seasonal field staff implementing projects on the trail.
The Field Supervisor will supervise two professional Long Trail Crews (LTC) and one Volunteer Long Trail Crew (VLTC). Trail projects are almost entirely backcountry-based, most spanning multiple work weeks and sometimes spanning multiple seasons. LTC projects frequently involve technical rock work, along with new tread construction and some carpentry projects. VLTC projects vary year-to-year while being suited for volunteer crews.
The Trail Crew Field Supervisor will work closely with the Director of Field Programs, Field Coordinator, and seasonal Crew Leads to scout and plan work projects in late spring, and to handle project logistics throughout the season. The Field Supervisor ensures a fluid field season through facility and gear management, training, supervision, and trail management and logistical support of caretakers and crews.
The Trail Crew Field Supervisor should bring a depth of experience in trail construction, crew management, seasonal staff supervision, backpacking, and backcountry living.
We seek to create a more welcoming trail crew culture unconstrained by tradition, and seek a Supervisor who shares this goal.
The Trail Crew Field Supervisor is based out of GMC headquarters in Waterbury Center, VT. This position will require frequent travel to visit crews in the field, including overnight trips.
Position Dates: Hiring ASAP
Trail Crew Field Supervisor will start work as soon as possible in order to become acquainted with upcoming projects, begin planning for the 2022 season, and assist with seasonal hiring. Position will run until November.
Schedule: Monday-Friday. Infrequent weekend work may be required.
Benefits: Employer matching retirement account (403b), WFA class provided, Field Supervisors will have opportunity for other trainings (Chainsaw, crosscut)
Trail Crew Field Supervisor Responsibilities:
Trail management and logistical support
Assist with staff hiring as needed
Review and file Crew Lead reports and complete mid-season and end-of-year reporting
Support crews through advance materials planning, acquisition, and delivery for work projects, and general site work
Ensure crews are prepared for pack-in and pack-outs, complete all project reporting paperwork, compile project photographs, and attend to any other logistical and administrative needs
Conduct project visits with Leads to ensure they have a comprehensive understanding of the scope, design, and reporting requirements of each project they are assigned.
Ensure seasonal field staff remain on set project scheduling timelines
Visit crews regularly to ensure project progress and quality, support personnel needs, and provide constructive feedback to leads and crew to build broad based skills in seasonal employees
Work with field leads to ensure healthy moral, work-life balance, realistic expectations, and support their supervision of their crew members
Facility and Gear Management
Maintain an inventory of sharp, handled, ready to work tools, small engine equipment, and camping gear to support trail crews
Serve as the main bridge of communication between seasonal field staff and year-round GMC staff and partners regarding day-off housing use, maintenance, and logistics
Work with Field Programs staff to prepare an enhanced field staff training
Identify and develop additional workshops/content that we are currently lacking
Prepare and implement training workshops and materials
General GMC Field Program Support
Attend weekly field program meetings with Field Program leadership staff.
Coordinate with GMC Field Program office staff on all aspects of the field program implementation
Communicate with agency partners as needed about field projects and staff housing.
Support volunteers and service groups on an as-needed basis
All other duties as assigned
Valid Driver's License
Wilderness First Aid certification required (class available free-of-charge during training); WFR preferred (recertification available free-of-charge during training)
Extensive trail building and maintenance skills. experience with trail building tools
Experience in leadership positions, preferably in trail crew or outdoor education
Comfort and experience instructing others in diverse work environments
Strong backcountry living skills, including cooking and waste management
Ability to problem-solve independently and collaboratively in the backcountry
Ability to adhere to weekly work schedules and flexibility to adjust schedules as required by project developments
Ability to perform difficult manual labor and to carry heavy loads as a regular part of the work day
Experience working with agency and project partners
Ability to live independently and work in a remote area with little supervision
Knowledge of Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics
Basic knowledge of Long Trail/Appalachian Trail system
Ability to effectively communicate with individuals and groups
Environmental and/or outdoor education experience
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