Florida Trail Association seeks Trail Program Coordinator


August 30, 2011

 

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Position Description:
Trail Program Coordinator Full Time Position to be filled immediately Salary to be based on experience level and qualifications. Medical, vacation and retirement benefits are provided with this position.
Florida National Scenic Trail Office, Tallahassee, FL Program and Policy Director


The Florida Trail Association (FTA) is seeking a highly motivated and versatile individual to lead FTA’s responsibilities for the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) including our volunteer trail crew programs and trail management. This position coordinates all aspects for multiple trail crews including, but not limited to supervision, management, administration, planning and training, and technical oversight of volunteer trail crew- related trail construction projects. This position requires extended travel throughout Florida for long periods with numerous overnights in the field (at least 60% of the time). Independent backcountry travel is necessary at times. For more information about the Florida Trail Association and the Florida National Scenic Trail, please visit: www.floridatrail.org.

Qualifications and Requirements:
1. Bachelor's degree and 3 years proven experience in a similar position with corresponding certifications. Experience with a trail organization is preferred.
2. Minimum of one year experience in managing and supervising youth corps and/or similar programs. 3. Demonstrated knowledge and technical experience of trail construction and outdoor leadership.
Demonstrated ability to work with public and volunteers with an emphasis on safety. 4. Demonstrated ability to work in an office setting and assist with development of agreements,
databases, reports, and other related tasks. 5. Acceptable driving record and valid driver's license 6. Valid Wilderness First Responder Certification
Responsibilities:
The Trail Program Coordinator is a member of a team of individuals and organizations linked in their shared commitment to the vision for the FNST. Specific areas of responsibility include:
1. Report regularly to the Program and Policy Director regarding project planning, crew management and any identified material, tool and equipment needs.
2. Be willing and able to travel for long periods of time throughout Florida. Oversight of Trail Crews will require camping in tents and living in either backcountry or front country settings, and may require extensive backpacking or long distance hiking. Personal camping gear is required to supplement provided base camp gear.
3. Provide technical support and construction expertise in the project design and construction process. 4. Assist in the administrative aspects of the trail crew program such as creating and managing annual
budgets, submitting weekly expense reports and work summaries, etc. 5. Work closely with Florida Trail land managers and partners such as the US Forest Service, Water
Management Districts, State Parks, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and other public
and private landowners on the trail in gathering project site logistics and design approval. 6. Plan, facilitate and manage trail construction, maintenance, and conservation projects on the trail which
may last up to 10 days. 7. Manage the Trail Crew Program and the trail crews in the field so that they are effective and safe
including being on-call for the duration of their projects. 8. Assist Trail Resource Coordinator in the planning and implementation of staff and volunteer training, to
include the safety program. 9. Grow and manage the F-Troop trail crew program. 10. Establish and maintain active program relationships with organizations including, but not limited to, the
Student Conservation Association, the AmeriCorps NCCC, Breakaway Alternative Spring Break Crews,
other youth corps and service based organizations. 11. Expand the Alternative Spring Break program to include greater pre-season outreach to universities,
increase the number of crews and sites utilized, and hire, train and manage seasonal volunteer crew
leaders as needed. 12. Perform pre-construction season site visits and post- construction evaluations for each project as
possible. 13. Be responsible for the maintenance, care and inventory of the FTA cache of tools and equipment such
as hand tools, chainsaws, mowers, vehicles, etc. 14. Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Demonstrated skills in organizing, leading and managing large groups of volunteers with varying level of experience in an effective and safe manner during construction projects.
2. Demonstrated experience in technical trail building including timber construction, reading, interpreting and contributing to technical design plans, and proficiency in tool use and maintenance.
3. Demonstrated ability to work with and train diverse volunteers and to communicate clearly and effectively in writing and orally.
4. Demonstrated experience in exercising sound judgment and making decisions. 5. Demonstrated ability to work independently to complete projects with attention to detail. 6. Demonstrated experience as a hiker and backpacker, and ability to monitor and facilitate a safe and fun
backcountry experience for potentially inexperienced volunteers. 7. Ability to perform physical labor and/or cardiovascular activity for sustained periods of time including the
ability to carry a backpack, supplies, hand tools and equipment for extended periods of time for long
distances. 8. Knowledge of “Leave No Trace” principles.
To apply, please send the following via email: letter of interest, resume, writing sample, portfolio of relevant work, names and contact information of three professional references, and proof of any pertinent certifications to Kent Wimmer at kwimmer@floridatrail. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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