Trails Manager

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Deadline to Apply:

Sunday, January 22, 2017, 12:00am



Portland, OR
United States

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Forest Park Conservancy protects and fosters the ecological health of Forest Park, maintains and enhances the park's extensive trails network and inspires community appreciation and future stewardship as a gift for generations. Each year, we work with 1,000 volunteers to maintain trails, remove invasive species and plant native trees and shrubs. Forest Park Conservancy is leading a 20-year campaign to restore 15,000 acres of public and private lands to ensure the long-term health of Forest Park.

The Trails Manager works closely with staff and Portland Parks and Recreation to keep Forest Park’s 80 miles of soft-surface trails and access roads safe and accessible. This is a technical field position with a strong volunteer management and public outreach component. The Trails Manager works independently and as an effective leader of both staff and volunteers of all backgrounds and skill levels to perform year-round trail maintenance and repair.


Trail Maintenance and Repair | 70% Time

  • Assess trail conditions, prioritize, plan and carry out trail maintenance and repair of Forest Park’s 47 miles of soft-surface trails. Maintenance and repair include tread work, brushing, raking, logouts; new trail construction; rock retaining wall, crib wall, turnpike, drainage, bridge, and split rail fence construction; and trail decommissioning.
  • Manage inventory of tools and supplies.
  • Operate and maintain tools and equipment, including hand tools, small power tools, crosscut and chainsaws, and power wheelbarrows.
  • Assist with natural area restoration work as needed, including invasive species removal and native plantings

Trails Program Administration | 20% Time

  • Create and track project budgets.
  • Coordinate with Portland Parks and Recreation.
  • Work with development team to apply for grants.
  • Assist in organization-wide event set up and other program work as necessary.
  • Contribute to FPC’s blog post and social media communications. 

Volunteer Management | 10% Time

With support from and through coordination with the Volunteer & Communications Coordinator:

  • Recruit, train and lead interns and volunteers.
  • Plan, prepare and lead regularly occurring volunteer work parties (up to 30 volunteers) every Thursday and 1-2 Saturdays per month.
  • Plan, prepare and lead large multi-site volunteer events (up to 150 volunteers), such as National Trails Day, National Public Lands Day, and the biannual Day of Stewardship. 
  • Help lead specialized volunteer programs, including the Volunteer Crew Leader Training, Rapid Response Team, and Emergency Storm Repair Team.


  • 2+ years of trail maintenance and design experience 
  • Volunteer management experience 
  • Comfortable working with hand tools, small power tools, power wheelbarrows, and working outside in all weather conditions 
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and hike steep terrain 
  • Ability to organize, set priorities and exercise sound independent judgment 
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively orally and in writing 
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships 
  • Chainsaw Certification, Class B or higher 
  • First Aid Certification 
  • Must be at least 18 years of age with a valid Oregon driver’s license and more than 2 years’ driving experience. Must have a driving record that meets company’s insurance guidelines for agency drivers. 

REPORTS TO: Executive Director
SUPERVISES: Seasonal Employees, Interns and Volunteers 
WORK SCHEDULE: 5 days, 40 hours/week (includes some weekends and evenings)
WORK LOCATION: Forest Park and surrounding properties

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How to Apply:

Email your resume, cover letter and three references to with “Trails Manager” in the subject line. 

Applications accepted until January 21, 2017, or until a suitable pool of applicants has been established. Interviews expected to occur the week of January 30th and February 6th.

Forest Park Conservancy 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. Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

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Compensation Information:

$38,000-$40,000/year + PTO/health insurance