NYS Parks & Recreation Historic Preservation

Regional Trail Crew Team Member – Finger Lakes Parks

Posted: September 10, 2019
Location: Finger Lakes State Parks
Time Commitment: Year-round, full-time


The Trail Crew Member will work both independently and as part of a team to perform a wide range of trail maintenance and construction tasks throughout the region. Projects include new trail construction, tread and drainage improvements, dimensional lumber stairs and retaining walls, stone staircases and retaining walls, bridge construction, hazard tree removal, and general facilities maintenance. Work is performed outdoors in all weather conditions, with both hand and power tools. The position requires work on uneven and steep terrain, carrying and moving tools, materials, and equipment of 50 pounds or more.

The Trail Crew member will work under the direction of the Regional Trails Coordinator. The position will require supervision of two seasonal crew members, two SCA Parks Corps trail stewards, with occasional leadership of volunteer crews and conservation corps teams. The position reports to Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca, NY.

Required Qualifications

  • At least three seasons of experience with outdoor labor, particularly trail maintenance and construction or any of the following: dry stone masonry, carpentry, landscaping, general construction.
  • At least two seasons of experience with leading trail construction crews and managing project logistics.
  • Ability to demonstrate safe working practices.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to be professional and represent a state agency.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with trail related tools including: shovels, picks, rock bars, Rogue hoes, chainsaws, gas augers, rock drills, stone shaping tools.
  • Experience operating light equipment such as skid steer, mini-excavators, and UTV’s.
  • Experience working with winches, rope work and high-line rigging systems, or arborist work.
  • Knowledge of sustainable trail layout and structural design.
  • Game of Logging Certified.
  • Experience with leading paid or volunteer trail crews.
  • Leadership, volunteer coordination, and project management experience.

Salary and Benefits

$17.63

Application Process

If interested, please submit a resume and letter of intent to:

Zachary Ballard
Trails Coordinator– Finger Lakes Region
New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
105 Enfield Falls Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Cell: 607-437-8566 | zachary.ballard@parks.ny.gov | www.nysparks.com