Cleveland Metroparks

GIS Trails Assistant

Posted: September 10, 2019
Location: Brecksville, Ohio
Time Commitment: Member position begins October 1, 2019 and ends September 30, 2020. This position is a full time member position and requires a minimum of 1,700 hours of service over the service period.


We are looking for a Trails enthusiast with geographic information system (GIS) experience to assist in new trail building and finishing as well as decommissioning of unsustainable trails. Other duties include construction of bridges, staircases, retaining walls and boardwalks; implementation of trail signage and wayfinding; organizing and planning volunteer days; supports planning and reporting for trail projects, including data entry and generating maps using GIS.

Job Responsibilites

Duties and Responsibilities of the AmeriCorps member:

General Member Responsibilities

  • Promote the Northern Ohio Watershed Corps through education and outreach activities.
  • Enhance skills and knowledge applicable to position through participation in related workshops, conferences, and training.
  • Assist with fundraising designed to raise funds for activities such as member retreats and other program related projects. These efforts will not contribute to general operating costs for the organization or Host Sites.
  • Attend all NOWCorps required meetings and trainings.
  • Complete activity reports monthly, required timesheets weekly, and any other reporting in a timely manner in the OnCorps online system.

Performs unskilled and, as capable, semi-skilled work in a responsible manner; typical duties including but not limited to:

  • Using hand tools to assist in new trail building and finishing as well as decommissioning of unsustainable trails
  • Assisting in the construction of bridges, staircases, retaining walls and boardwalks
  • Assists in the implementation of trail signage and wayfinding throughout the park district
  • Organizing and planning volunteer days, training volunteers in best work skills practices for trail building, and outreach of volunteers
  • Assists with routine equipment maintenance particularly sharpening and re-hanging of hand tools
  • Supports planning and reporting for trail projects, including data entry and generating maps using GIS.

Works full days under the forest canopy without regular access to amenities

Additional activities that fall within the scope of this member position description may be assigned with approval of the member, site supervisor, and NOWCorps staff.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment

The physical requirements and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position requires the following:

  • Manual dexterity sufficient to operate telephones, computers, and other office equipment.
  • Physical ability to kneel, bend, and perform light lifting.
  • Ability to write and speak clearly using the English language to convey information and be able to hear at normal speaking levels both in person and over the telephone.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Generally, the working conditions are good with little or no exposure to extremes in health, safety hazards, and/or hazardous materials. This person must have the ability to travel as required to work with Host Site staff/board, volunteers, other members, and the public, participate in conferences and outdoor activities such as but not limited to site visits, volunteer activities, and project meetings.

Required Qualifications

Skills and Qualifications:

Must have a high school diploma or GED. Must have a valid driver's license, be insured, and have own transportation; mileage will be reimbursed for service-related travel. Must have or be pursuing a college degree or equivalent education in biology, natural resources, forestry, wildlife management, environmental science, landscape architecture, planning, or similar. Must be in good health and capable of rigorous outdoor activity, including hiking over rough terrain and able to lift and carry 70 pounds. Must be self-motivated and able to work independently and in a team. Experience working with volunteers preferred. Must possess good organizational and communication skills and be capable of working with little supervision. Usual hours of service will be M-Th. The ability to serve flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends, is needed. Hours may fluctuate, increase or decrease, in consideration of seasonal changes such as inclement weather or other extended activities.

The NOWCorps member will receive programmatic training in addition to site specific training. Programmatic training includes first aid, CPR, volunteer engagement, native species planting techniques, stormwater permit requirements, minimum control measures including public involvement, public education, and Good Housekeeping, on a monthly basis.

Must have valid driver’s license

  • Excellent field skills, must be able to work in more remote sections of the park, on and off trail, in all weather conditions, independently, if necessary.
  • Previous trail building experience preferred.
  • Ability to walk three miles on unimproved surfaces while carting up to 50 lbs. in pack weight.
  • Ability to use hand and small power tools to complete trail maintenance and improvement projects.
  • Proficient wayfinding abilities
  • Experience with GIS, including entry and application
  • Must be willing and able to work flexible hours, weekends, holidays and evenings as required
  • Demonstrated proficiency in software programs including all Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).

Salary and Benefits

The member will receive a stipend of no more than $13,992, and the stipend will be paid biweekly. The member is also eligible for health insurance through this position and may qualify for child care assistance. If the term of service is completed the member may be eligible for an educational award. Housing is available. This housing will be at the cost of $75 a month, require proof of renter’s insurance, and be within a house owned by Cleveland Metroparks.

Application Process

Interested members should contact Kate Chapel, Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners Senior Project Manager at kchapel@tinkerscreekwatershed.org or by phone at 330-963-6243.

Additional information regarding the Trails Assistant assignment, including how to apply, can be found here: https://tinkerscreek.org/nowcorps-program/