Florida Trail Association seeks Regional Representative

February 25, 2014

Title: Regional Representative
Time: Full Time-Permanent
Duty Station: Melbourne, FL
F.L.S.A: Exempt
Date Posted: February 2014
Hire Date: April 2014

Position Summary

This position is under general supervision of the Trail Program Director. The Regional Representative will focus on coordinating successful trail management, protection, and volunteer work on the Florida National Scenic Trail within the Central Florida region. This person will work with diverse groups of volunteers in order to build sustainable trail stewardship programs. He or she will be responsible for building collaborative partnerships with volunteers and agency personnel within the region. The Regional Representative will need to work closely and communicate proactively with land management agencies and volunteers on a regular basis. It will be important for this person to be able to effectively prioritize and follow through on the implementation of regional projects, which may span over multiple years. He or she will identify, engage, and respond to external planning efforts that could have an effect on the trail corridor. The Regional Representative will gather information on the physical trail, local features, and work to ensure optimal routing of the Florida Trail in perpetuity. He or she will carry out tangible work intended to permanently protect the Florida Trail in accordance with the values outlined in the National Trails System Act and the Comprehensive Management Plan.

Primary Duties
• Develop a regional trail program focused on protection, preservation and promotion of the Florida Trail and the volunteer programs that support it
• Build and expand volunteer stewardship opportunities on the Florida Trail by developing partnerships between the Florida Trail Association (FTA), volunteers, and agency partners
• Monitor, evaluate, and respond to activities that could affect the trail corridor
• Serve as a technical resource to agencies in the areas of trail protection, volunteer coordination and project management
• Increase the amount of manpower and the number of well-trained volunteers regularly working on the trail
• Ensure volunteers have access to appropriate training, certification, safety gear, tools, and equipment
• Be responsible for the oversight and work plan development of FTA’s seasonal staff and field crews working in the region
• Effectively prioritize work to meet or exceed FTA’s broader trail program goals and yearly program of work
• Oversee the planning, replacement, and construction of trail infrastructure
• Facilitate proactive communication and meet with volunteers and agency partners as needed to coordinate trail protection and maintenance efforts
• Be knowledgeable about the trail within the central region and respond to public requests for information
• Verify trail conditions as much as possible and notify the public about access issues, safety concerns, threats, and changes to the trail

Minimum Qualifications
• Two years of relevant professional experience or five years working alongside volunteers
• Proven ability to coordinate successful trail protection, stewardship, and volunteer trainings
• Able to teach, motivate, inspire, as well as learn from volunteers
• Trail maintenance, design, and construction skills
• Excellent organizational skills
• Dependable personal vehicle and willing to have mileage reimbursed at the current federal rate
• Able to follow through on initiatives and work as part of a team
• Willing to work from a home office
• Wilderness First Responder, chainsaw class “B” operator or willing to become certified in both
• Basic computer skills and proficiency with various forms of software including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

Additional Qualifications
• Able to build productive working relationships with volunteers and agency partners
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to solve problems, work independently and be resourceful
• Able to prioritize work, multitask, and delegate as necessary
• Pays attention to detail and is accountable, professional, and dependable

• Advanced understanding of agency policies, procedures, and land management practices
• Ability to effectively respond to proposed actions affecting the trail corridor
• Proficiency in using GIS software programs and databases

Work Environment
This position is non-traditional and requires office and field work as well as frequent weekend and overnight travel. The work area will encompass the Central and Southern Regions of Florida. Travel to other parts of Florida and the U.S. will be necessary at times. Work will be done primarily from a home office. The successful applicant will have the ability to work effectively with various agencies and volunteers to achieve tangible results. He or she will be expected to communicate with the Trail Program Director on a regular basis and prioritize ongoing projects. The Florida Trail Association fosters a collegial work atmosphere and the ability to work alongside other trail operations staff will be necessary.

This position will involve strenuous activities. The Regional Rep will spend time in remote locations, camping out overnight or hiking in inclement weather. The position involves working with hand tools and advanced machinery generally found in trail maintenance including but not limited to; rigging equipment, chainsaws, brush saws, hand saws, loppers, and axes. The ability to lift up to forty five pounds and hike up to twelve miles a day on and off trail may be necessary.

Salary range is 35- 45K and is dependent upon experience. Florida Trail Association offers a competitive benefits package including a 401K retirement plan and health insurance.


Application Process
Please email letter of interest, resume, salary history, and three professional references to Eric Mason at emason@floridatrail.org. This position will remain open until filled.

Electronic submissions are preferred and must be sent by 11:59 p.m. March 25th, 2014. Hard copies will be accepted and must be postmarked by March 19th, 2014 and sent to:

Eric Mason
Trail Program Director
Florida Trail Association - www.floridatrail.org
325 John Knox Rd. Suite F-150
Tallahassee, FL 32303

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

The Florida Trail Association is an equal opportunity employer.

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