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Trails Associate (AmeriCorps Project Conserve)

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy

Hendersonville ,  North Carolina

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CMLC Trails Associate will assist in the advancement and promotion of public outdoor recreation trails on land conserved and/or managed by CMLC or its partners. Member will construct and steward publicly-accessible trails in CMLC's service region in coordination with staff, volunteers, project partners, and landowners. Member will also promote public trails and conserved lands through recreation outreach programs including leading guided hikes and management of self-guided hiking program.

Qualifications – Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Love and passion for western North Carolina's mountains
  • Love and passion for promoting outdoor recreation to faciliate appreciation of natural resource protection
  • Knowledge of sustainable trail design and layout required
  • Knowledge of sustainable trail construction practices required
  • Experience leading trail crews and/or volunteers on trail projects required
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office required
  • Ability to train and work with trail volunteers of diverse background and knowledge required
  • Chainsaw certification preferred
  • Technical skills including grip hoist operation, stone/rock stair construction, wood carpentry, and working knowledge of trailbuilding tools preferred
  • Excellent writing and communication skills required
  • Ability to hike long distances off-trail required; comfort working in the outdoors
  • Working knowledge of ArcGIS10 & handheld GPS preferred
  • Basic website creation/oversight experience preferred
  • Academic and/or professional background in conservation, environmental studies, geography/mapping, preferred (undergraduate degree required)
  • Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years of age, be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States, and consent to a criminal history check.

Preferred Service Hours / Weekly Schedule:
Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm; at least one weekend day required per month (two weekend days required in fall & spring to offset by subsquent weekday off the previous/following work week)

Position Responsibilities and Duties

At-Risk Ecosystem Impacts: 50%

  • Construct new sustainable outdoor recreation trails on publicly-accessible CMLC-conserved lands
  • Maintain and steward existing outdoor recreation trails on publicly-accessible CMLC-conserved lands
  • Assist staff in planning public hiking and biking trails, including trail design & layout
  • Monitor, inventory, assess, and document trail conditions and risks and prioritize maintenance needs and projects
  • Promote trail projects and outdoor recreation opportunities on conserved lands through outreach tools including website, social media, print information campaigns, and guided hikes/programming
  • Facilitate partnerships with project partners for trail projects
  • Assist staff in the planning and acquisition of conservation projects that create or improve public access or trails

Conservation Education: 30%

  • Lead and coordinate CMLC Adventures Program by planning and guiding group hikes and outings on CMLC-conserved lands. Duties includes development of knowledge of local landscape & hike/outing destinations and routes, logistics planning, risk and safety management of participants, public speaking and presenting, group management, fostering positive participant experience, incorporation of conservation and environmental education components, participant advance and follow-up communication & tracking
  • Manage operations of self-guided outdoors program (CMLC Hiking Challenge); duties include coordination of program logistics, direct participant communication and aide, aid with development of successive program editions, participant tracking and follow-up in coordination with program volunteers

Volunteer Infrastructure Program (VIP): 20%

  • Recruit, train, lead, and coordinate volunteer crew for trail construction projects and ongoing trail maintenance
  • Oversee, facilitate, and increase capacity for CMLC Trails Crew and CMLC Adopt-A-Trail programs to support public trail projects
  • Implement new effective volunteer management practices including volunteer tracking specific to trails work, Adopt-A-Trails training workshops, and quarterly volunteer trail workdays

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