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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)


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.


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.


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


  • 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


  • 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


Compensation: $15-$22/hour 


Send a cover letter and resume to 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.


  • 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 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

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.

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

-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.

– 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:


Hunting Season Trail Closures

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Hinesburg Town Forest, Mobbs Farm and Carse Hills will close at the end of the day on Friday, November 2nd. Hinesburg and Mobbs will be closed for riding through the entire hunting season until December 25th, and Carse will remain closed until Spring.

At Saxon Hill, hunting is allowed in areas that are not posted, but the trails will remain open.
Hunting is not permitted at Mud Pond, Sunny Hollow and Sleepy Hollow.

Regardless of where hunting is allowed, it is always important to wear blaze orange and bright colors during hunting season.


For more info from VT Fish and Wildlife, go to:

Important Advocacy Update!

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Please take the time to read if you care about trails in Vermont…

The VT Trails and Greenways Council is working to coordinate a unified message to state leadership regarding Act 250 and its impact on trails, landowners and municipalities.

In brief, Act 250 is land use and development law that has meant a lot to Vermont since its inception in 1970. We’ve learned a lot in 50 years and it’s time to evaluate how the law intersects with trails.

It’s important that we send a clear massage that acknowledges the role Act 250 plays in keeping Vermont beautiful, but also encourages the commission to consider its application relative to landowners and trails going forward. Act 250 for many landowners is a deal breaker. Private land accounts for over 70% of Vermont – we need to actively advocate for our landowners – particularly if we are to realize our vision of connected networks.

The Trails and Greenways Council will dig into the specifics of definitions, rules and regulations with the legislature. What we’re seeking from you is general support and input that highlights the positive role of trails in Vermont.

The Agency of Natural Resources is hosting two more regional summits to gather input about about Act 250, including its impact on trails in Vermont. The Commission on Act 250: “The Next 50 Years” was established by the Vermont Legislature to work on modernizing Act 250. It’s very important that the Commission hear voices of the trails and outdoor recreation community during this process.

VMBA and the Council fully supports the work of the Commission as conservation and environmental protection are core values for all of us. However, we are also concerned because Act 250 regulation can and has created confusion, expensive and time consuming obstacles to improving and maintaining your trails.

It is critical that any potential reforms consider the irreplaceable benefits of Vermont trails. We must inform our legislators and state leadership charged with modernizing the law understand that support of the trails and volunteers is required at this time. Creating cumbersome and confusing obstacles for the landowners, towns, nonprofits and volunteers that create, build and maintain virtually all of the trail infrastructure for the public good will have tremendously negative impacts.
Over 70% of our trails are hosted and maintained on private land and made possible through 100,000+ volunteer hours annually. We need to actively advocate for our private landowners and our visions of trail connectivity.

There are two regional summits remaining:

  • Rutland – Sept. 5 – 6-8 pm, Franklin Conference Center
  • Burlington Sept. 12 – 6-8 pm, Burlington Elks Lodge, 925 North Ave

At a summit or through the online survey , please share all of your reasons for supporting appropriate trail building criteria going forward. The multiple choice sections on the survey cover a wide range of environmental and development issues, so we suggest you use one or two of the short answer sections to voice concerns specific to trails. Please consider highlighting some of the following information:

  • Trails are invaluable pathways to better health, rural economic stability and conservation in Vermont
  • Cumbersome permitting fees attached to “development” are a deal breaker for nonprofits. Our trail infrastructure is not built by volunteers for commercial purposes
  • Trail organizations and users are conservationists, completely dedicated to environmentally friendly and sustainable trails
  • Over 70% of trails are on private land – we need regulation that will support their generosity and encourage even more trails and conservation
  • Trails have a low environmental impact with great benefits, including the inspiration of greater conservation and environmental protection. Therefore, trails should not be considered “development”and lumped into the same regulation categories as other construction projects
  • Currently, Act 250 limits Vermont’s ability to fully realize the benefits that could come with greater support for trails and outdoor recreation
  • Trails and outdoor recreation not only make
  • Vermonters healthier with over 72% of Vermonters participating, but they also provide over 50 thousand, or roughly 1 in 7, of the jobs in Vermont (Outdoor Industry Association)

take the ACT 250 SURVEY


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A Community Partnership balancing Conservation and Public Access

The Fellowship of the Wheel is proud to announce a partnership with the Rock Point and Arms Forest Coalition. Our shared goal is the long-term conservation of an ecological treasure comprising Rock Point and Arms Forest on the Burlington waterfront. The Fellowship supports the ecological scoping study and community input process that will determine the future uses of these lands. Should the assessments determine that the Arms Park area is favorable for a multi-use trail system, our goal as a partner is to bring our experience in trail sustainability and land stewardship to the Arms Forest while making outdoor recreation accessible to more diverse groups of people, especially with regard to ability, age and location.

Currently, the Arms Forest trail system is used by local residents for walking, running and biking, but there is no formalized public access and signage is minimal. In addition, there are rogue trails in need of re-routing or closure that currently infringe on some rare natural communities of plant and animal species. By utilizing sustainable trail practices and educational measures such as interpretive signage and mapping, the Fellowship aims to aid in the long-term stewardship, protection, and enjoyment of Arms Park.

A possible outcome is that driving to a trailhead will no longer be a requirement to access multi-use trails for Burlington residents. This project will also benefit local  businesses who may use this recreational asset as a draw for recruiting employees from outside the area, as it adds a valuable and much-needed recreational trail network to the city of Burlington.


The Coalition is close to its goal of raising approximately $900,000 needed for the purchase of property, conservation easements, educational signage and upgraded trail infrastructure, but there is still approximately $40,000 more to raise for this project. Fortunately, we have an anonymous donor who will match dollar for dollar every new donation given to help us reach our goal! This is exciting news for all of us involved in this wonderful project, and will make our final push to the end of the campaign much easier. This project will benefit the current natural community of plants and animals that live within Arms Forest and Rock Point as well as the lives of those who live and work in Burlington by providing access to recreational and educational opportunities in an urban wilderness. Please consider a generous donation and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to have your contribution doubled.

To donate, visit the “Donate” link on and select “Fellowship of the Wheel” when making a donation.

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