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Trail Operations Director – Tahoe Rim Trail Association
About the Position:
The Trail Operations Director is a permanent, full time member of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association’s staff. They are the glue that holds our trail building and maintenance programs together, navigating relationships and partnerships with volunteers, crew leaders, land managers, and funders. Key functions of the position include:
- Trail Construction Management
- Support the TRTA’s trail crew to assess, maintain, and improve trails to reduce their impact on the landscape and provide a world-class trail system.
- Update and maintain agency agreements, ensure fieldwork protocols meet industry specific standards, and assess and manage risk for Trail Operations programs.
- Provide technical trails training for volunteers and staff.
- Infrastructure, Advocacy, Long-Range Planning, and Project Permitting
- Lead long-term planning and permitting for large-scale trail improvement and infrastructure projects, ensuring projects successfully navigate from permitting and funding to construction.
- Visitor Use Monitoring
- Collect, analyze, and interpret data on trail use numbers, patterns, and demographics to inform policies, regulations, trail needs, and project priorities.
- Volunteer and Staff Supervision, Training, and Support
- Hire, train, and supervise TRTA trail crews and the Trail Operations Coordinator and coordinate and support highly engaged TRTA crew leaders and trail volunteers.
- Program Financials and Grant Management
- Manage the Trail Operations program budget and track, report, and bill grants.
We’re looking for a passionate trails advocate with roots or ready to take root in the Tahoe Basin. Ideal candidates will have a vision for a sustainable trail system that meets the needs of users and the landscape, and they’ll have the experience to make that vision reality.
They’ll be an engaging leader ready to spearhead large trail workdays, speak at a conference, occasionally herd cats, facilitate technical trainings, draft project proposals, and juggle all the logistics for a packed trail season.