Field Crew Leader

The Continental Divide Trail Coalition in Golden, CO is currently seeking a Field Crew Leader for Summer 2019. The ideal candidate is someone who is skilled in trail maintenance with experience leading volunteer or paid trail crews. The CDTC Field Crew Leader will assist both the Field Programs Manager and Field Coordinator in the coordination and implementation of all field-based operations including volunteer trail crew projects, corporate partner crew projects, and CDTC Adopter trainings.

POSITION SUMMARY: The CDTC Field Crew Leader will assist both the Field Programs Manager and Field Coordinator in the coordination and implementation of all field-based operations including volunteer trail crew projects, corporate partner crew projects, and CDTC Adopter trainings.

Office Location: Golden, CO Status: Full Time, Seasonal
Start Date: June 3, 2019 End Date: October 31, 2019
Supervisory Responsibility: Will supervise volunteers Reports to: Field Programs Manager
General Statement of Duties: 60% field work, 40% office work

• Coordinates, organizes, leads, and evaluates CDTC’s field-based volunteer projects with the Field Programs Manager and/or Field Coordinator. This may include direct communication with land management agency partners, non-profit partners, corporate partners, volunteers and CDTC Adopters. Must be able to implement an Emergency Response Plan, review a Job Hazard Analysis, and lead tool and safety talks with all volunteers and partners. Must be able to uphold safety and PPE requirements amongst crew.
• Provides technical leadership and expertise to volunteer trail crews on trail maintenance, construction, and restoration, including but not limited to rock work, drainage, tread construction, corridor clearance, turnpike or puncheon construction, and other technical trail features as needed. All work must meet National Scenic Trail Standards.
• Helps create safe, enjoyable camp environment for volunteers in frontcountry and backcountry settings. Assists with and directs camp chores.
• Ensures tools and gear are maintained properly before and after projects, including sharpening and cleaning tools, cleaning and organizing the gear shed, and cleaning and organizing crew chef gear.
• Implements the CDTC Adopter Program in coordination with the Field Programs Manager and Field Coordinator, including maintaining the CDTC Adopter database, collecting and tracking CDTC Adopter accomplishments, and recruiting future individual and group CDTC Adopters.
• Coordinates and leads CDTC Adopter trainings which include a class-based introduction to trail maintenance, safety, risk assessment, reporting, and land agency communication; and a field-based walk-and-talk to implement tool familiarity and maintenance requirements.
• When necessary assists in the implementation of the Rapid Trail Assessment of the CDT in coordination with the Field Programs staff and volunteers.
• Increases CDTC effectiveness and presence trail-wide and provides public information and resources to trail users and maintainers.
• Maintains website updates for volunteer content.
• Communicates and coordinates effectively and positively with agency partners.

• The ability to maintain a flexible schedule is necessary.
• This position requires frequent travel, including weekends, that may last from 1-3 weeks in duration spanning the length of the Continental Divide Trail.
• Work is performed both indoors, in a busy, collaborative office space where noise and interruptions prevail, and outdoors, where environmental elements prevail.
• Must be able to frequently sit and walk for long periods and distances, stand, climb, bend, kneel, sit, stoop, reach and lift, push or pull.
• Manual dexterity is required.
• The ability to talk and hear via the telephone and through face-to-face communication is needed.
• Vision requirements include near and far acuity.
• Upper body strength is required to lift/move up to 50 pounds unassisted and 100 pounds assisted.
• The employee is frequently required to operate a personal vehicle as well as CDTC rental vehicles, therefore current driver’s license, auto insurance and clean driving record are required.

• Requires leadership experience in constructing and managing non-motorized trails through collaborative partnerships and proven success in program coordination and volunteer management.
• Requires a minimum of one year of project coordination experience.
• Requires a minimum of two years of experience in sustainable trail construction techniques and crew leadership/volunteer management.
• Possesses a degree in natural resources/recreation management or equivalent work experience.
• Requires the willingness and ability to travel on the CDNST in remote locations.
• Requires the ability to perform physical trail work and supervise and lead others in trail maintenance.
• Experience and comfort living and working in frontcountry and backcountry settings.
• WFR/WFA and advanced skills preferred.
• Must be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Drive.
• Must possess excellent time management skills.
• Must be self-directed, organized, detail oriented and flexible and be able to handle multiple projects and manage logistical challenges in a fast-paced environment.
• Must possess good interpersonal skills, be team oriented and enjoy working both autonomously and with others.

$15.00/hr. CDTC provides benefits including monthly health insurance stipend, cell phone reimbursement, Workers Compensation Insurance, paid travel expenses to and from worksites, paid food expenses during field operations, and access to CDTC gear.

Please email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references by March 8th to Morgan Anderson at with the subject: CDTC Field Crew Leader Application.

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