Employment Opportunity – Trails Specialist, State of North Dakota

Hiring Range $20.00-$22.00 per hour

Position is located in Northeast North Dakota with a significant amount of time spent at Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area.

This position provides professional assistance in the management and operations of state trails, state parks, state recreation areas, and related outdoor recreation and natural resources management programs. The incumbent in this position will provide work direction to staff, contractors, and volunteers. Performs trail assessments, assists in overseeing volunteer programs, assists in conducting training programs (trail maintenance, OHV safety, snowmobile safety, etc.), researches and administers recreation opportunities, actively participates in trail and park services on a daily basis as required by the site Park Manager. Consults on trail related projects; conducts or oversees contractors or volunteers in the undertaking of needed repairs and maintenance of trails and related infrastructure; maintains a daily work log as well as prepares reports of in-progress projects. Provides support for special events and programs as needed, coordinates special projects as assigned. Work with staff to develop and promote unique experiences and places within the North Dakota State Parks system. It is supervised by the Recreation Division Lead.

Summary of Work

Trail and Recreation Program Management and Maintenance (50%)

* Plan and Implement land management, facility maintenance and project development activities in support of the following programs so that established work plans, goals, policies, and procedures are accomplished: State trails (including trails within state parks and recreation areas); Recreational Trail Program (RTP); State supported trail networks for snowmobile, cross country ski, Off-Highway Vehicles, hiking and cycling; water trails (kayak, canoe and boating routes).
* Oversee the maintenance operations, preventative maintenance and rehabilitation activities of trails, equipment, vehicles, and related infrastructure at assigned State Parks, State Recreational Areas, State Nature Preserves and other easements for trails managed by North Dakota Parks and Recreation.
* Provides consultative expertise in the management and maintenance of trails to other staff, agencies, and the public.
* Utilize GPS in data collection and GIS inventory processes to create system wide and park related maps for planning and management purposes.
* Assist in development of assessment tools and implementation of data collection and analysis to evaluate program success
* Responsible for building new sustainable trails in coordination with park and network goals and converting existing trails to sustainable trail design.
* Researches, plans, and implements enhanced or unique recreation opportunities throughout state parks and state recreation areas.

Outreach and Partnerships (10%)

* Develop and maintain collaborative partnerships with state and local agencies, businesses, landowners, and public organizations.
* Enhance agency community relations through in person activities and appearances, assisting Communications and Interpretive staff with informational enquiries and providing background material and information on current and future initiatives for social media posts and other communication media.
* Assist in the recruitment of volunteers to assist in program objectives, including advertising, screening, orientation, training, and support, keeping records of their activities and contribution’s.
* Assist in the organization and advertising of special events, including volunteer events and educational initiatives.

Education and Safety (30%)

* Assist in conducting training programs for OHV and Snowmobile operator safety training sessions for other staff, outside agencies, user organizations and the public. Ensure session evaluation data is recorded and reported, and databases maintained.
* Undertake emergency field measures including coordination of emergency repairs, evaluating, and closing trails when weather or site conditions warrant, preventative measures to minimize damage to State property or assisting in firefighting or fire prevention measures as directed.
* Assist with emergency response, including but not limited to search and rescue, rendering first aid, contacting, and coordinating with other Emergency First Responders as necessary. Ensure on site safety and emergency response equipment is available and maintained. Complete and maintain training and certifications in required areas such as CPR, First-Aid, Wildland Fire, Pesticide Application, and ATV Safety Institute training
* Ensure safe operation of all assigned vehicles and specialized equipment.

Office Management/Support (10%)

* Assist in the management of operational and logistical issues in the field and office at assigned location(s).
* Assist site managerial staff with core tasks in the operation, visitor experience and related areas.
* Assist in finding, applying, and monitoring grants in support of the program
* Assist in preparation of budgets, obtaining cost estimates or quotes for services or supplies, completing required purchasing, inventory management or reconciliation activities.

Additional Information

Minimum Qualifications * Associates degree in related field (i.e. Recreation, Natural Resources, Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, Construction Technology, Landscape Technology etc.) * Minimum of 3-year work experience in a trail design, construction, management and/or maintenance role. Working knowledge of trail assessment, erosion control, natural/cultural protection, invasive species management * First Aid and CPR/AED certification or the ability to obtain within the first 60 days * Valid ND driver’s license or ability to obtain one * Requires satisfactory completion of the interview process and a verifiable record of satisfactory performance in previous employment, reference checks and background investigation * Frequent travel and an ability to work outdoors under varying site and weather conditions * Law enforcement certification may be a possibility/requirement for the position at a later time Preferred Qualifications * Bachelor’s degree in related field (i.e. Recreation, Natural Resources, Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, Construction Technology, Landscape Technology, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering etc.) * 5-year work experience in trail design, construction, management, and maintenance, including budget preparation, management plan preparation, and supervision. * Experience, certifications, and endorsements for working, operating, transporting and maintaining vehicles, equipment, and specialized equipment.

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