Title:  Seasonal State Trail Crew Leader - Temporary

Application Deadline Date:  04/25/2024
Req ID:  49231
Department:  Forests Parks & Recreation

Barre, VT, US

Position Type:  Temporary
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $18.37


The State Trail Crew Leader prepares for, and leads, a 2-6-person trail crew on recreation and trail projects on Vermont State Lands. The Crew Leader is responsible for the safety and supervision of the team and is accountable for the quality and completeness of work projects. Under the supervision of the seasonal Trail Coordinator(s) and/or district recreation staff, the Crew Leader will plan the logistics involved in the completion of each job, including but not limited to, organizing proper tools, procuring materials, and arranging crew accommodations while working on projects.   


Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Season Preparation and Planning
    • Understand and become familiarized with the project scope of work. The field season can contain up to 26 field projects.
    • Organize the tools, materials, and accommodations necessary to see projects to completion.
  • State Trail Crew Oversight and Management
    • Assist with crew training.
    • Responsible for the crew’s safety when on projects- assessing weather, environmental, tool, and highline system conditions. The Crew Leader will be responsible for relaying unique safety protocols for each project to Crew Members, ensuring their understanding and compliance.
    • Ensure that all Crew Members and volunteers on project are using appropriate personal protective equipment, are operating within established safety protocols, and are performing work to established standards.
    • Responsible for operating, and supervising the operation of, heavier equipment such as mini-excavators and walk-behind, motorized wheelbarrows.
    • Complete light carpentry work- in both front and backcountry settings- needed on projects ranging from the building of kiosks to the construction of footbridges.
    • Employ advanced trail building techniques in the maintenance and restoration of trails, such as rockwork, hazard tree/blowdown removal, and the use of a chainsaw to mill lumber on project sites.
    • Respectfully represent, and ensure that the State Trail Crew represents, Vermont FPR when interacting with the public.
    • Responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the rental vehicle, if applicable, and paperwork associated with the use of the rental vehicle.
  • Documentation and Budget Management
    • Document trail conditions and report, as needed, to the appropriate Trail Coordinator or District Recreation Representative for consideration in future work plans. Trail improvements and new trail construction is documented with the use of the ESRI Collector App (training on app use to be provided by FPR).
    • Document work accomplished by the trail crew with Weekly Work Logs. They also maintain crew paperwork and ensure that time sheets are filled out properly and handed in on time.
    • Responsible for submitting a report of accomplishments at the end of the field season. 


For a complete job description, go to: https://fpr.vermont.gov/sites/fpr/files/documents/position_trailLeader.pdf

Who May Apply

This position, Seasonal State Trail Crew Leader - Temporary  (Job Requisition # 49231), is open to all State employees and external applicants. This is a temporary position. Temporary work is typically for variable hours, and is not expected to be full-time. The State does not guarantee 40 hours of work per week.


If you would like more information about this position, please contact Walter.Opuszynski@vermont.gov.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed outdoors in all types of weather. Members must demonstrate the following skills/abilities:

  • Lift heavy items, at times up to 50 lbs.
  • Carry heavy loads over difficult terrain in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Manual dexterity is needed to operate equipment and use tools.
  • Camp in both front country and back country settings. (The crew will travel from various work areas and may have access to campsites, lean-tos, or cabins, if available. Where developed campsite facilities are not available, the crew will establish and camp at a spike camp location close to the worksite location.) 

Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma AND two (2) years or more of progressive experience in trail and/or park management, development, construction, and maintenance.

Note: Additional course work in parks, recreation, leisure facilities management, natural resources management, or a related field may be substituted for the experience on a semester for six months basis.

Special Requirements

A valid driver's license is required for travel to work sites.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.