Trail Crew Member

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers

Carbondale, Colorado

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $21-$24/hr
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) is the leading stewardship organization serving the regional community of the Roaring Fork, Crystal River, and Middle Colorado watersheds. Our mission is to empower people with the tools and ethic to actively care for, and connect with the natural world, while supporting land managers to create healthy and resilient landscapes. Each year, RFOV works on over 80 different project sites in collaboration with our partners using a combination of large community events, customized group work days, youth service-learning days, and professional staff. 

Position Description

The Trail Crew Member is responsible for working with a crew of 2-3 individuals as well as youth 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 Wilderness Area, with the other half of the season focusing on frontcountry projects throughout our service area. This position requires the desire and ability to live and work in a backcountry setting for up to eight days–responding professionally to fluid conditions and crew dynamics within various frontcountry/backcountry worksites, the ability to assess and manage risks, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Specific Responsibilities

Program Operations:

  • Work under the direction of the TrailCrew Leader and Program Director on backcountry and frontcountry trail and restoration projects.
  • Support RFOV equipment and tool management: ensure tools, project equipment and supplies are clean and in good working order and regularly inventoried. 
  • Ensure project safety and practice effective risk management strategies.
  • Serve as a crew leader on volunteer projects.
  • Assist with project reporting
    • Accurately measure and record project metrics; ensure quality photo documentation of all work completed.
    • 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.
    • Record time worked accurately and timely for accountability and grant reporting.

Volunteer Coordination and Management 

*As volunteer engagement is central to our mission, the Trail Crew plays an important role in supporting and overseeing volunteer projects throughout the season.

  • Supervise and engage with volunteer groups on both backcountry and frontcountry project events throughout the season.
  • 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.
  • Occasionally serve as a crew leader on volunteer projects, overseeing a group of 8-10 students or volunteers.

Send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to: Jack Douglas, Program Manager by email at jdouglas@rfov.org. Phone and email questions and inquiries acceptable: jdouglas@rfov.org, 970-927-8241.

Your cover letter can address the following prompts:

  • What is your experience working with a team to cooperatively complete trail or restoration projects? 
  • Please touch on your ability to proactively solve problems, work independently, and be creative and resourceful.
  • 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 www.rfov.org, and our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement and initiatives can be found at https://www.rfov.org/dei

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Category General / Stewardship , Outdoor Recreation
Tags Trail Maintenance