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Trail Crew Leader

Job Location

Field-based; The RFOV office is in Carbondale, CO, and the RFOV service area extends from Independence Pass to Parachute, Marble to Glenwood Canyon.


Type of Job



Hourly, $24-25/hour, commensurate with experience.

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Published Date

Dec 9, 2022

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The Trail Crew Leader is responsible for supervising and leading a crew of 3-5 individuals as well as youth corps groups and volunteer groups on both frontcountry and backcountry trail and restoration projects. Approximately half of the season will be spent in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass and Hunter-Frying Pan Wilderness Areas, with the other half of the season focusing on frontcountry projects throughout our service area. This position requires excellent leadership skills and ability to build and support an effective team; strong skill set in trailwork, particularly in a wilderness setting; ability to assess and manage risks; and organizational skills in logistics and time management.


Benefits include paid time off, mileage reimbursement, $500/mo living stipend, $500 professional development stipend, $500 gear stipend, simple IRA with 3% match, end of season bonus.


Specific Responsibilities:

Program Management and Operations:

● Supervise and lead a team of 2-5 crew members on frontcountry and backcountry trail and stewardship projects.

● Work with the Program Director and Field Coordinator to determine each projects’ logistics including food, transportation, tools, and equipment.

● Support RFOV equipment and tool management: ensure tools, project equipment and supplies are clean and in good working order and regularly inventoried.

● Assist with pre-project planning logistics.

● Oversee on-the-ground project logistics: coordinating travel, tool preparation, lining out project work sections.

● Ensure project safety and practice effective risk management strategies.

● Serve as the technical expert on trail construction and maintenance projects to land manager standards including rock work including rock steps and walls, building and maintaining multiple types of drainage structures, and restoration such as revegetation or decommissioning trails.

● Continually enhance expertise in trail and restoration techniques, crew management, and leadership.

● Assist with project reporting

o Accurately measure project metrics and use internal databases to record metrics.

o Ensure accurate and consistent photo documentation and organization of project work.

o Assist in reporting systems on progress and accomplishments of all projects and ensure consistency and clear communication internally among RFOV staff.

o Assist in keeping all project notes and details as well as partnership information.

Volunteer Coordination and Management

● Support RFOV’s volunteer programs to increase recruitment, retention, and pathways for involvement.

● Work to create a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for volunteers.

● Ensure all RFOV volunteer programs foster a positive, educational, engaging, and motivating experience for volunteers.

● Supervise volunteer Crew Leaders and Project Ambassadors during a project.

● Occasionally serve as a crew leader on volunteer projects, overseeing a group of 8-10 students or volunteers.

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