Trail Crew Leader

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Basalt, CO


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Hourly, $21-$23/hour, commensurate with experience.

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Dec 14, 2021

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Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers

Trail Crew Leader Position Announcement


Position Title: Trail Crew Leader

Position Type: 4 month seasonal position, possible extension depending on funding

Location: Field-based; RFOV service area extends from Independence Pass to Parachute, Marble to Glenwood Canyon

Compensation Hourly, $21-$23/hour, commensurate with experience.
Benefits include mileage reimbursement, gear and per diem back-country food


Reports To: RFOV Program Director

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote stewardship of our public lands by engaging our community in education, restoration and conservation projects.


Position Description

RFOV is launching a professional trail crew to accomplish deferred maintenance work in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness and in other areas of RFOV’s region. The Trail Crew Leader is responsible for supervising and leading a crew of 2-5 individuals as well as youth corps groups and volunteer groups on both frontcountry and backcountry trail and restoration projects, though the majority of the season will be spent on backcountry wilderness projects in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. 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.


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
    • Accurately measure project metrics and use internal databases to record metrics.
    • Assist in reporting systems on progress and accomplishments of all projects and ensure consistency and clear communication internally among RFOV staff.
    • 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.

Desired Qualifications


  • Demonstrated capacity for managing and leading people. An excellent team builder who has experience in bringing a group of diverse individuals together for a common cause.
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making skills and ability to navigate difficult decisions in the moment.
  • Outdoor leadership, outdoor education, or environmental education experience.
  • Experience working with youth outdoors or in other educational settings.
  • Self-directed, highly motivated, reliable, with a result and solution oriented perspective, organized with an attention to detail, flexible with strong time-management skills.
  • Excellent communication, motivational, and interpersonal skills applicable to a group outdoor setting.
  • Strong belief in RFOV’s mission.


  • Experience working for or with land management agencies (state, federal, or municipal).
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and logistical skills.
  • Ability to proactively solve problems, work independently, and be creative and resourceful.
  • Professional verbal communication skills including a professional appearance and positive demeanor.


  • Introductory ecological and natural resource knowledge and ability to teach others about these topics.
  • Ability to live in the backcountry and conduct trail work while following Leave No Trace principles.
  • Willingness to learn about ecosystems and natural resources of the Roaring Fork Valley through self-driven research and education from RFOV staff, partners, and volunteers.

All Applicants Must Have:

  • Trail building/maintenance experience with at least one year in a supervisory role, or trail building/maintenance experience with other relevant leadership experience.
  • Practical knowledge of methods and techniques to design, layout and construct/reconstruct natural surface trails.
  • The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion. The work projects may require hiking up to 10 miles per day at altitude, using heavy hand tools, extensive heavy stonework, and working and contributing as part of a team.
  • Strong rock work experience (stairs, retaining walls, check dams, etc) as pertaining to trails.
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to live and work in potentially adverse weather conditions with a positive attitude.
  • Current valid driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Certification in either a) Wilderness First Aid and CPR, or b) Wilderness First Responder (or can achieve certification upon hire).
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.

Work Schedule

The weekly work schedule will be variable with regular weekends and occasional evenings required and is based on a 40 hour work week. Work schedule for most of the season will require living in the backcountry for 4 to 8 days in a row with adequate breaks between backcountry intervals (e.g., 4 days on/3 days off, or 8 days on/6 days off).


Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and we will begin reviewing applications on January 15, 2022.


How to Apply

Send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to: Melissa Daniels, Program Director by email at Phone and email questions and inquiries acceptable:, 970-927-8241. Ideal start date is Monday, April 25, 2022. Attendance at two paid staff training sessions Mon April 25-Thu April 28 and Sat Apr 30-Sun May 1 is mandatory, but actual work start date is flexible within the two weeks after that, especially for students.

Your cover letter can address the following prompts:

  • What is your experience leading and working with a team to cooperatively complete trail or restoration projects?
  • In past positions, how have you worked to improve the experience of volunteers or employees?
  • What is your experience level with the following trail work techniques: rock steps, retaining walls, drainage structures (e.g., water bars, drainage dips), tread creation and maintenance, and trail design?
  • Do you have any knowledge of or experience with restoration or fire mitigation techniques?
  • What techniques and technologies have you used to measure and record project progress and information?
  • What is your experience leading both youth and adult volunteers in technical work?

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of all races, ages, sexual orientations, and ethnic and religious backgrounds. Organizational information can be found at