Trails Technician

Catalina Island Conservancy

Avalon, California

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $23 to $26 per hour
Deadline May 31, 2024
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

POSITION SUMMARY: The Trails Technician will play an integral role with the Catalina Island Conservancy’s Trails Program goals by performing trail maintenance, repairs throughout the island, and assist with administrative needs for the department.


  • Vegetation pruning
  • Weed whacking
  • Constructing/repairing erosion control structures
  • Tread maintenance
  • Sign refinishing/repair
  • Sign making and installation
  • Stone stair/check dam construction and repair
  • Shade structure construction and repair
  • Survey trail maintenance needs.
  • Survey for potential trail realignments
  • Graffiti and vandalism control
  • Trash and litter removal
  • Train and supervise alternative spring break college groups for trail work.
  • Assist with Volunteer groups on island.
  • Maintain data records for accomplishments and volunteer hours.
  • Assist Trails Manager with management of grants.
  • Assist Trails Manager in planning and coordination of trails work and development of processes and standards.
  • Remedy "Social trails"
  • Job site housekeeping
  • Successfully complete all training required for the position to include e.g. safety, equipment, skills, etc., as assigned.
  • Other duties that occasionally will be required (e.g. work with bison, brush clearance, and fire abatement).

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required. An ideal candidate will possess a substantial combination of all these requirements. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Work as a team member, providing support and assistance to other staff members
  • Ability to work effectively and cooperatively with coworkers
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions
  • Skills in following safety practices and recognizing hazards.
  • Basic knowledge about materials, equipment and tools used in building maintenance and repair
  • Ability to communicate effectively, oral and written.
  • Working knowledge of office equipment and software such as Office 360.
  • Valid California Driver’s License
  • Work as a team member, providing support and assistance to other staff members
  • Accepts supervisory guidance and counsel. Follows through with specific responsibilities, as directed.
  • Recognizes and supports the efforts of coworkers.
  • Requires organizational skills for daily assigned task; Prepares safety equipment and materials/tools needed for that day’s work.

Associate degree or three years of trail maintenance experience and/or relevant experience. Skills and experience conducting trails field work. The ability and desire to quickly acquire new skills necessary to be a successful field technician. Must possess a valid CA driver’s license.


  • Employee must live and work on Catalina Island
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Position involves functioning in the field; fieldwork requires a high level of fitness. Fieldwork involves extensive manual labor; hiking over rugged terrain; and the use of equipment and tools. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, and color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Work location is at Middle Ranch, Avalon, CA. Field conditions are strongly weather-dependent and may be windy, hot, dusty, cold, muddy and/or wet depending on season and the degree of exposure. Work may be conducted independently or with groups of staff and volunteers. Typical hiking conditions include very steep, rugged terrain on unstable rocky substrate with poison oak and cactus. Wildlife may be encountered in the field and pose some threat.

To be considered for this position, submit your resume to:
jobs@catalinaconservancy.org  Please be sure to put the job title in the subject line.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category General / Stewardship , Outdoor Recreation
Tags Trail Maintenance