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Trails Specialist 



Specialist title covers job classes engaged in providing support duties for a specialized program; the job requires detailed program knowledge, records management and computer skills, and the ability to understand and apply governing rules and regulations.


Under general supervision, this position serves to expand Pitkin County’s trail and bike park stewardship program, develop and implement park design, manage construction, and facilitate maintenance projects. Will direct the work of volunteers and personnel assigned to trail and park construction, maintenance, repair, and restoration. Duties may vary according to job assignment.


Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Executes successful trail construction, specialized maintenance, and improvement projects on county managed natural surface multi-use singletrack trails and bike parks; uses mechanized excavation equipment including chainsaw equipment and hand tools; ensures best practices and developed procedures are practiced and adhered to for all trail and bike park projects.
  • Performs multiple tasks involved with trail care and property maintenance; coordinates trash removal, sign installation and repair, building structures, maintenance of current and new structures, and other necessary activities.
  • Supervises and performs a variety of duties pertaining to the implementation of management plans, recreation, and natural resource management; directs, assigns, and supervises daily tasks of trail maintenance crew and anticipates problems, mitigates hazards, and ensures safe working conditions.
  • Performs trails assessment to accesses maintenance needs and potential improvements concerning trail user safety, user experience, and opportunities to mitigate trail user conflicts; assists in trail project planning, design, and development; contributes to the annual work plan for trails construction and maintenance.
  • Plans, manages, and coordinates volunteer trail work events in conjunction with OST Resource, Trails Manager, and RFOV Volunteer Coordinators; tracks and records work progress and volunteer time; works closely with project partners and volunteer staff to coordinate and communicate project logistics and to fulfill project expectations; participates in the preparation of the stewardship and trails budget.
  • Demonstrates safety and mechanical aptitude for a variety of heavy machinery and equipment; inspects and maintains various tools and equipment to ensure a high level of functionality and safety.
  • Promotes crew development through training, education, demonstration, and follow through; cultivates a positive environment for the various crews involved in trail construction and maintenance.
  • Supports the positive relationship between Pitkin County and the general public by representing the county with professional and courteous behavior at all times; maintains confidentiality of work issues and sensitive information.
  • Maintains regular and reliable attendance.
Position Requirements

Education and Experience:

High School Diploma and at least 3+ years of experience in machine operation, trail construction and trail maintenance.

Required Licenses or Certifications:

Must possess a valid Colorado Driver’s License and acceptable Motor Vehicle Record.


Skill in (Job Class Standard):

  • Organizing and prioritizing work to meet deadlines and accomplish tasks.
  • Handling multiple tasks simultaneously, under pressure, and in emergency and stressful situations.
  • Microsoft Office Products
  • Communicating effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Operating tools and equipment safely.

Knowledge of (Job Class Standard):

  • Safety policies, procedures, and practices for basic construction industry standards
  • Inventory management methods and practices.
  • Personal protective equipment and proper use.
  • Equipment troubleshooting methods.
  • General maintenance practice and procedures

Knowledge of:

  • Skilled machine operator, especially mini-excavators.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of sustainable trail construction, maintenance and design, including progressive mountain bike-oriented techniques and traditional practices.
  • Supervisory skills.
  • Project Management skills
  • Safe work practices and procedures
  • Excellent time management, organizational, written and oral communication skills
  • Off-road and trailer driving proficiency
  • Familiarity with environmental rules, regulations, and best practices
  • Computer skills
  • GPS skills
  • Ability to exercise tact, courtesy, and firmness infrequent contact with staff and the general public
  • Ability to perform strenuous manual and physical labor and tasks for up to 10 hours per day, in an outdoor environment in inclement weather.
  • Ability to organize supplies and equipment and follow established procedures.
  • Ability to evaluate conditions in assigned area and make judgments related to safety.

Physical Demands and Working Environment:

  • Work is performed in a standard office environment and in the field. May be exposed to inclement weather conditions, potentially dangerous tool, machinery, and equipment, and fumes.


$24.77 to $30.21 dependent on qualifications.

Full-Time/Part-Time Seasonal  
Position Trails Specialist  
Close Date 7/4/2018  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Location Open Space & Trails  
About the Organization Pitkin County government provides valued and high quality public services supporting the health, safety and well-being of people and the natural environment. Pitkin County is a tobacco-free workplace.

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EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
EEO-4 Job Category None Specified 

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