Alamance County (NC) Trail and Open Space Coordinator

Aug 14, 2014

Trail and Open Space Coordinator
Position is responsible for the planning and development of Alamance County Trail and Greenway efforts, open space preservation program, and riparian and interior land conservation. Position coordinates land acquisitions for recreation and conservation purposes; designs and oversees the installation of land and paddle trails; assists in the management of natural and cultural resources, develops and manages public information regarding trails and parks; and is the primary public contact for information about the Haw River Trail and other trail and greenway projects. Position is partially funded by the City of Graham and the City of Burlington and is responsible for serving as the point of contact with those municipalities for joint trail and open space initiatives. Position will supervise the Fund Development Coordinator and various seasonal, temporary and volunteer workers. Position will be based at Cedarock Park. Hours of work include weekdays, weekends, and holidays.
Required competencies: background knowledge necessary to plan and develop County-wide trail and greenway system and to conserve diverse natural and cultural resources. Applicant will need to demonstrate an understanding of the legal instruments used to convey property rights for trail and park uses, the ability to work with a broad cross-section of the population on acquisition projects and an understanding of the cultural and natural history of the region. Written and verbal skills needed to develop and present educational programs; articulate observations while on patrol; supervise subordinate employees; and prepare annual budgets and reports.

Prior to employment, candidates are required to have successful results including drug testing and background investigation as required by the Alamance County Personnel Policy. Applicants must possess and maintain a valid driver's license. The incumbent works independently under the general supervision of the Director of Recreation and Parks and is expected to exercise considerable imagination, initiative, judgment and diplomacy in the performance of their duties.

Work is evaluated in conferences, observations, and reports and through evidence of the satisfaction of participants and observed facility management.



•Works in consultation with the Recreation Department to plan and acquire recreational trails and greenways. Works with other local governments to coordinate trail and greenway activities between jurisdictions;
•Coordinates the protection of open space, riparian areas and trail corridors undertaken by Alamance County government;
•Responsible for strategic planning of land conservation activities undertaken by Alamance County. Strategic planning includes prioritizing areas of local conservation focus, taking into consideration ecologic significance, natural heritage inventories, water quality, long term growth projections, relative cost and other relevant factors;
•Negotiates with landowners to acquire, through gift or purchase, interests in real estate including conservation restrictions, trail easements, fee-simple interest and other protective interests;
•Assists in the research, writing, and administration of grants related to the acquisition or protection of open space, trails, parks, and farmland;
•Coordinates compliance with obligations of conservation easement stewardship and enforcement;
•Serves a liaison to Open Space, Voluntary Ag District and Recreation and Parks Commission.
•Prepares progress reports for Alamance County Board of Commissioners and other Committees.
•Develops, oversees, and improves department’s public interface materials (brochures, newsletters, websites, magazine, etc.) and promotional programs.
•Participates in administrative duties such as compiling budget for activities under employee supervision. Prepares periodic and special reports.
•Creates relationships with communities to enhance division programs.
•Attends continuing education opportunities (i.e. conferences, workshops).
•Performs related work as required.


•Considerable knowledge of the objectives of the Comprehensive Recreation Master Plan, Alamance County Land Use Plan, Voluntary Ag Plan and Destination 2020.
•Considerable knowledge of real estate practices and procedures
•Considerable knowledge of effective means of promoting conservation
•Working knowledge of first-aid, care and prevention and safety precautions applicable in the programs. Ability to be certified in CPR and First Aid.
•Ability to plan and develop effective trail and greenway features
•Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, City, County and State officials, social and civic organizations and the general public.
•Ability to compose correspondence and to prepare reports and publicity materials relating to departmental activities.
•Considerable knowledge of Microsoft Office and ARC GIS software.
Acceptable Training and Experience
Minimum requirements: Graduation from a four-year college or university with natural sciences or parks and recreation or closely related degree preferably with coursework in natural sciences, parks and recreation, real estate law; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

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