Trails Technician

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation - Finger Lakes Region

Trumansburg, New York

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $20.33/hour
Deadline Apr 25, 2024
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

TITLE/GRADE/HOURLY HIRING RATE:           Parks and Recreation Aide 6 (Finger Lakes Parks Regional Trail Specialist) / SG-NS / $20.33/hr

WORK LOCATION:                                          Regional Trails Office, Taughannock Falls State Park, Trumansburg, NY 14886

NEGOTIATING UNIT:                                       CSEA, NU03 – Operational Services Unit

JURISDICTIONAL CLASS:                               Labor

TYPE OF APPOINTMENT:                               Temporary

WORK SCHEDULE:                                         Monday – Thursday: 7:00am to 5:30pm


The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) in the Finger Lakes Region is seeking a full-time, year-round, long-term seasonal Trail Technician to aid in the maintenance and construction of trails within the Finger Lakes State Parks. The Regional Trail Technician will work both independently and as part of a team to perform a wide range of trail maintenance and construction tasks throughout the region. The Regional Trail Technician will work under the direction of the Regional Trails Coordinator. The position will require supervision of four seasonal crew members, two SCA (Student Conservation Association) Parks Corps trail stewards, with occasional supervision of additional park staff, volunteer crews, and conservation corps teams. The position reports to Taughannock Falls State Park in Trumansburg, NY. Housing is not provided. Health, vision, and dental coverage available. Duties include:

  • New trail construction
  • Tread and drainage improvements
  • Construction of dimensional lumber and stone stairs, stone and timber retaining walls, and other trail structures.
  • Bridge and boardwalk construction
  • Hazardous tree removal including tree and brush work that at times requires the use of a chainsaw.
  • General facilities maintenance including aiding park staff and regional maintenance crews in the upkeep, maintenance, and repair of park buildings and grounds outside of trails. Tasks include hanging drywall, painting, insulating, light electrical, helping tile, and assisting regional masons, carpenters, etc.
  • Work is performed outdoors in all weather conditions, with both hand and power tools.


There are no minimum qualifications per Civil Service.


  • The position requires work on uneven and steep terrain, carrying and moving tools, materials, and equipment weighing 50 pounds or more.
  • Must possess at least three years of experience with outdoor labor, particularly trail maintenance and construction or any of the following: dry stone masonry, carpentry, landscaping, general construction.
  • Must possess at least one year of experience using hand tools, power tools, and performing/troubleshooting basic tool maintenance.
  • Must possess at least two seasons of experience with supervising trail construction crews or equivalent work and managing project logistics.
  • Must have the ability to demonstrate safe working practices.
  • Must have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Must have the ability to be professional and represent a state agency.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license that allows the candidate to legally operate a motor vehicle in New

York State as a term and condition of employment.

  • Possesses the ability to operate a chainsaw* and complete equivalent training to Game of Logging 1, 2 and 3 during the next training session. *Experience operating a chainsaw preferred but not required.
  • Knowledge of sustainable trail layout and structural design is preferred but not required.
  • Experience with trail-related tools including shovels, picks, rock bars, rogue hoes, chainsaws, gas augers, rock drills, stone shaping tools is preferred but not required.
  • Leadership, volunteer coordination, and project management experience is preferred but not required.
  • Experience operating light equipment such as skid steer, mini-excavators, and UTV’s is preferred but not required.
  • Experience working with ropes, winches, and high line rigging systems, or arborist work is preferred but not required.
  • Experience with handheld GPS data collection and ArcGIS (geographic information system) online is preferred but  not required.


This position has the option to join the NYS Employee’s Retirement System. Is eligible for health insurance, dental and vision coverage. Opportunity for paid time off in the form of vacation, sick, personal and holiday leave after time & service requirements has been met.

This position is eligible to receive certifications not limited to the following:

  • CPR/First Aid
  • Game of Logging Level 1 & 2 or equivalent sawyer training
  • Equipment Trailering/Load Securement Training
  • UTV Operator/Safety Training
  • Tractor Operator/Safety Training
  • Risk Tree Assessment Training
  • Respirator Fit Test & Use Training


If you feel you meet the minimum qualifications, agency operating needs, and are interested in being considered for this vacancy, you can obtain an Employment Application from your local park office, your region’s administrative headquarters or can download an application from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation website at www.parks.ny.gov/employment. Please forward your application and resume, if available, to Zachary Ballard, Regional Trails Coordinator, 5074 Rice Road, Trumansburg, NY 14886 or to FL.Employment@parks.ny.gov  by the date indicated below. If you have any questions concerning the position, please contact Zachary Ballard at (607) 437-8566

It is the responsibility of each applicant to accurately describe their experience and demonstrate that they meet the minimum qualifications and agency operating needs.

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL: Until Filled                               

POSTING DATE: 03/19/2024

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask or mandate in any form, that an applicant for employment provide their current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.   If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@oer.ny.gov.

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Category Outdoor Recreation
Tags Trail Maintenance , GIS