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E-Bike Pilot Project at HTF

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PeopleForBikes, in partnership with Fellowship of the Wheel, UVM Center for Rural Studies and the Hinesburg Town Forest Committee, will conduct a pilot study during the summer of 2022 to better understand the impacts of allowing Class 1 pedal-assist Electric Mountain Bikes (eMTBs) on trail networks in Vermont. For the months of July and August, all trails identified as multi-use in the Hinesburg Town Forest, acceptable for mountain bikes, will include access for Class 1 pedal-assist eMTBs. Intercept surveys and demo days will be scheduled to gather data regarding perceived impact on physical trail conditions, diversity and inclusion implications, and potential social impacts related to the introduction of Class 1 eMTBs on non motorized, multi-use trails.

Fill out this pre-implementation survey from the UVM Center for Rural Studies and PeopleForBikes to contribute to public perceptions of Class 1 Electric Mountain Bikes (eMTBs) on mountain bike trails in Vermont. This survey is completely anonymous and should take 5 minutes to complete. You can click here to access the survey.

We’re Hiring Trail Crew!

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Title: Fellowship of the Wheel Trail Crew

Reports to: Executive Director/Trails Manager

Work Schedule: Seasonal Full Time/Exempt (includes some weekends and evenings)

THE ORGANIZATION

Fellowship of the Wheel (FOTW) is a non-profit that advocates for and maintains 100+ miles (7 networks in 7 towns) of public multi-use trails in Chittenden County, VT. We work with private and municipal landowners to create responsibly-built, sustainable trails for the greater community to enjoy their surrounding environment through recreation. FOTW completes over 3500 hours of trail work each season, through the direction of the Trail Crew, with over 1000 hours of volunteer commitment. FOTW strives for a fun and collaborative work environment where staff support each other to meet our goals. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral parts of the organization and critical to providing trail access to all. Emphasis will be placed on the continued growth of the community we serve and all people interested in this role are encouraged to apply.

SUMMARY OF POSITION

The Trail Crew works under the direction of the Trails Manager to keep 100+ miles of multi-use trails safe and accessible. This is a technical field position combined with supporting volunteers of all backgrounds and ability levels on our trail days. The Trail Crew works independently and collaboratively with staff to perform year-round trail maintenance, repair and new construction. The ability to change priorities daily to address damage from weather events or unforeseen maintenance needs across 8 networks should be expected.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Trail Maintenance and Repair | 90% Time

  • Assess trail conditions, prioritize, and carry out trail maintenance and repair of FOTW’s 7 distinct networks. 
  • Perform the maintenance and repair an annual cycle of drain clearing, tread repair, leaf and debris removal; new trail construction; rock turnpike and bridge construction; and trail decommissioning
  • Operate and maintain tools and equipment, including hand tools, small power tools, crosscut and chainsaws, and wheelbarrows
  • Assist with natural area restoration work as needed, including invasive species removal

Volunteer Mentor and Training| 10% Time

Support Community and Corporate Volunteer work events:

  • Assist Trails Manager in preparing and leading regularly occurring volunteer work events ranging in size from 5 – 25 volunteers
  • Provide education and training to volunteers to execute trail improvements with safety and forest ecology at the forefront

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to comfortably lift 50 lbs. and traverse uneven terrain for 7 continuous hours, 4-5 days per week often while in challenging weather conditions
  • Experience with workplace safety practices 
  • Proficient with hand tools and small power equipment 
  • Experience working with volunteers, members of the public, or public agencies
  • Proficient with smartphone, GPS devices, and cameras
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record 
  • Self-motivated, able to communicate well with a diverse community group and desire to improve the trail user experience across multiple levels and disciplines
  • Organized, hardworking, and able to plan and think holistically in an outdoor, natural area setting

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • First Aid/CPR/AED or Wilderness First Aid or WFR 
  • Chainsaw operation experience and certification
  • 1+ years field experience of trail maintenance or conservation work 
  • Knowledgeable about forest ecology and watershed sensitivity
  • Knowledgeable about trail design, construction, and maintenance

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Compensation: $15-$22/hour 

HOW TO APPLY

Send a cover letter and resume to info@fotwheel.org with “Trail Crew” in the subject line

Application deadline: April 3, 2022

Start Date: April 2022

Fellowship of the Wheel is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection of candidates for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, military service, family medical history, legal source of income, gender identity, political affiliation, or family leave obligations.

We’re Hiring a Programs Director!

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The Fellowship of the Wheel is hiring for a full-time Programs Director. The application period opens today (January 15) and closes Friday, February 5.

The Programs Director will help drive community engagement and participation with the Fellowship of the Wheel. They will help manage the day to day operations of the organization and support the Board of Directors (Board) committees as needed.

Please continue reading for the full job description.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Position Summary:

The Program Director will help drive community engagement and participation with Fellowship of the Wheel through digital and event marketing and new community programs. They will help to manage the day to day operations of the organization and support the Board of Directors (Board) committees as needed.

This job is a full-time, salaried, remote position paid on a bi-weekly basis. The position will report directly to the FOTW Board Executive Committee.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage communications and digital marketing
  • Respond to general FOTW email inquiries
  • Check the PO Box snail mail
  • Support content creation and community engagement on our social media channels
  • Regularly create and distribute email newsletters
  • Maintain the FOTW website
  • Support the Marketing Committee as needed
  • Support FOTW events
  • Help coordinate fundraising and membership activations at our events
  • Support the Events Committee as needed
  • With support from the Board, develop new programs to increase membership and community engagement
  • Grant writing and fundraising
  • Discover new corporate grant opportunities
  • Support the Fundraising Committee as needed
  • Serve as the primary FOTW contact with the community, land managers, and other organizations
  • Function as the main contact for the Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA)
  • Maintain open communication channels with other local trail organizations
  • Support the Executive Committee as needed
  • Work with the Treasurer to ensure the organization is compliant with 501(c)3 nonprofit status
  • Assist in the budgeting process and perform year-end financial reporting
  • Support the Treasurer as needed

Required Qualifications:

  • 1-3 Years of experience in recreation nonprofit work
  • Alignment with Fellowship of the Wheel’s mission and values
  • Experience with managing social media channels
  • Experience in grant writing
  • Self-motivated, able to creatively work through problems and work independently
  • Must have an understanding of our local outdoor recreation environment
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Applications, WordPress, and social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram)
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to think critically
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfortable speaking in front of a large crowd

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to info@fotwheel.org with the subject line “Application for Programs Director” by no later than Friday, February 5, 2021. No applications will be considered after February 5. We look forward to hearing from you!

About Fellowship of the Wheel

Fellowship of the Wheel (FOTW) is a non-profit organization that advocates for and maintains 120+ miles (8 networks in 7 towns) of public multi-use trails in Chittenden County, VT. We work with private and municipal landowners to create responsibly-built, sustainable trails for the greater community to enjoy. FOTW completes over 3500 hours of trail work each season, through the direction of the Trail Crew, including over 1000 hours of volunteer commitment. Funding is sourced through financial donations from local businesses, partnerships with other organizations, grants, fundraisers, and membership dues. We advocate for outdoor recreation opportunities, building sustainable trails, and educating the community. Through this, we provide people of all ages and fitness levels a chance to appreciate their environment. Our trails access beautiful scenery and historic sites, link towns, and bring people together. It is our hope that this will inspire people to care about their environment in such a way that they make conscious decisions to protect it. Our website address is www.fotwheel.org.

Fellowship of the Wheel is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Spring cleanup and Hinesburg Town Forest

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Today, the crew went out to inspect Hinesburg Town Forest.

In addition to the usual spring cleanup duties, they are preparing to reclaim and upgrade Passing the Horizon after this past winter’s timber harvest.

We’d like to give a big thanks to the Town of Hinesburg VT and the Vermont Mountain Bike Association for financial support on this project. Mountain biking and forestry can coexist in Chittenden County!

In memory of Stephen Russell

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When you venture into Hinesburg Town Forest (HTF) this season, you may notice that the trail formerly known as “International” is now “Russell’s Ramble.” This dedication is in the memory of Stephen Russell of Hinesburg, who passed away on April 27th of 2018 and was a dedicated steward of HTF for 55 years.

 

 

 

Our new Vision and Mission

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We can’t look forward into the future without sharing our new vision and mission statement. It may look quite straight forward, but much behind the scenes work went into it. It was built from the advice, knowledge, and experiences of FOTW and VMBA members and riders, FOTW board members, community partners and sponsors, and trail organizations and outdoor recreation professionals from outside of Vermont.

VISION:
-To make Chittenden County the best place to live and ride.

MISSION:
-To provide mountain bike and multi-use trails for everyone in Chittenden County.
-To advocate for mountain biking and sustainable trail-based recreation.
-To invite the whole community to come outside.

LONG TERM WORK TO DO:
– Help create more trailheads and trail systems within riding distance from densely populated areas which are suitable for children, families and aMTB riders.
– Improve connectivity throughout all FOTW and adjacent trail networks.
– Create space in programming and infrastructure that is inviting for all people of all identities, including but not limited to: families and children, people of color, women, new Americans, LGBTQIA communities, and people living with disabilities.
– Maintain the nature and quality of trails that have been part of FOTW for a long time, and explore new options for one or more expert level downhill/enduro style trail with large optional technical trail features, eg. drops, gaps, very steep sections, and rock roll downs.

Catamount Family Outdoor Center is now an VMBA “add-on”!!!

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News from Catamount!

a few more tid-bits…
  • With the new town-owned Catamount Community Forest, pedestrian use is now free, but biking requires a membership.
  • Did you know that 1/3 of Catamount business is the summer camps and 1/3 of it’s XC skiing in the winter and 1/3 is summer memberships and races?

It time to join or renew your membership for 2019!

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The 2019 membership stickers are here!

This means mountain bike season is just around the corner, so become a member or renew now! We’ve got new benefits for 2019, including discounts at Burlington Physical Therapy and Yoga for Mountain Bikers & Cyclists w/ Lo Storer at Sangha Studio. And, a shout-out to Websticker in Stowe for these sweet stickers!

Renew your membership here: https://www.fotwheel.org/join/

 

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