Director of Trail Operations

Tahoe Rim Trail Association

Stateline, Nevada

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Full-time position with competitive salary based on experience.
Deadline Jan 31, 2021

Join our Team:
The Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) is hiring a Director of Trail Operations. This position serves as a senior member of the TRTA staff and will fill a vital role at the Association working with a dedicated team of volunteers and leading the TRTA’s trail building and maintenance efforts. 

The Director of Trail Operations is a permanent, exempt position reporting to the Executive Director. As a full-time member of the TRTA staff, the Director will receive vacation, holidays, and sick leave; company-paid health, vision, dental insurance; and retirement contribution matching. The position is based at the TRTA’s office in Stateline, NV on the south shore of Lake Tahoe. Due to COVID, the position is currently mainly remote. As restrictions are lifted, the position will transition back to the office. Summers require significant field time and the flexibility to work weekends and evenings.

Position Description:

Trail Operations Program Management, 35%

  • Oversees the Trail Operations program to ensure the Tahoe Rim Trail System meets USFS standards, TRTA expectations, and remains a preeminent long-distance, multi-use trail
  • Works with the Trail Operations Committee to implement volunteer-led trail building and maintenance projects
  • With the Trail Operations Committee, manages existing crew leaders and recruits new crew leaders
  • Supervises the Trail Operations Manager to ensure efficient and effective management of volunteer field operations
  • Hires, trains, and supervises Trail Operations interns, staff, and/or youth corps as need/budget allows
  • Provides technical expertise as needed for trail projects including trail layout and design, saw work, rigging, rock construction, stream crossings, etc.
  • Oversees TRTA Trail Operations trainings including new crew leader training, technical workshops, and sawyer trainings for TRTA staff and volunteers
  • Oversees risk management for the Trail Operations program including ensuring all volunteer workday paperwork meets industry, land management, and TRTA insurance standards

Trail Planning and Permitting, 20%

  • Leads long-term planning and permitting for trail system improvement and expansion projects
  • Creates project proposals, coordinates environmental review and compliance, and moves major projects from vision to shovel ready
  • Works with TRTA Segment Coordinators to ensure each segment’s long-term goals are achieved

Program Financial Management, 20%

  • With the Executive Director builds, tracks, and manages the Trail Operations budget
  • Oversees the TRTA’s grant program to ensure annual grant income targets are met, relationships with grant funders are sustained and improved, grant deadlines for applications and deliverables are met, grant materials sent from the TRTA reflect the TRTA’s professional standards
  • Manages grant data in the TRTA database
  • Tracks and maintains inventory on capitalized program assets and other major expenses

GIS and Public Information Management, 10%

  • Manages the TRTA’s GIS database to provide professional and accurate mapping resources for the public as well as to inform trail management needs, recommendations, and policies
  • Creates, promotes, and updates Trail Operations related sections of the Tahoe Rim Trail website
  • Creates content for various TRTA publications on Trail Operations programs and results
  • Prepares annual reports for the organization, partners, and the public on accomplishments and future goals

Advocacy and Trail Protection, 10%

  • Spearheads data collection, research, tracking, and planning initiatives on trail users and trail use impacts and plans and implements mitigation projects and/or policy recommendations
  • Advocates for the trail by providing comment letters and tracking legislation, development proposals, etc. that may impact the Tahoe Rim Trail System

Agency and Partner relations, 5%

  • Represents the TRTA and builds relationships with partner groups, agencies, and businesses to support sustainable recreation that impacts the TRT
  • Serves as the lead point of contact for coordination with trail management partners and land management agencies
  • Ensures MOUs, VSAs, and other agreements with agencies and partners are up to date and provide the necessary coverage

We’re looking for a skilled and hardworking professional who is ready to jump into the Association’s Trail Operations programs. They'll be a dedicated professional who can transition easily from working in the office creating project proposals or drafting management plans to joining trail crews in the field to provide technical training and expertise. Ideal candidates for this position understand acronyms like PPE, RFP, and GORP. They are excited about supervising staff and inspiring and coordinating with volunteers.


Please review the full job description available at Then send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Morgan Steel at Applications will be reviewed as received and applicants are encouraged to apply no later than January 31, 2021. Email questions regarding this position to

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