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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)

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.

FOTW Pro Trail Crew Kicks Off June Dropping Berms

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Good news for all those Care Hills fans out there, especially the clergy of The Preacher.  On Wednesday, 6/6, the FOTW Pro Trail Crew went up Preacher and weed whacked the Vast trail and logging roads for easier climbing to the top of Preacher.  We replaced a 30” bridge that was tipping over and added a reroute to it near the bottom of Preacher above Crucible in a very consistently wet area. The new reroute flows better and keeps you dry heading into the rocky features on Crucible.

preacher bridge

After that, the Pro Trail Crew moved up Preacher and reshaped, rebuilt, and created more smooth-turning berms from the top of Preacher to Crucible.  Much like the revamped berms of Voodoo Child that were constructed last week. Normally these berms take anywhere from 4 -8 hours to build.  The Pros did 5 in one day. Way to go trail crew! Become a member so you can access the network map (you’ll need it) and plan a big ride out here soon (conditions permitting, of course).

Reshaped berms on Preacher!

Reshaped berms on Preacher!

Thanks to those who support the FOTW through their membership, especially those who purchase our 5-pack deal or above.  That type of support allows this highly skilled crew to get out there and get that type of work done in one day.  Spread the word to donate and support the trail crew for continued high-end construction. Thanks!

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