Florida Trail Association has two openings for Technical Advisors

July 30, 2014

Title: Technical Advisor

Time: Full Time-Seasonal

Duty Station: Gainesville, FL

No. of Vacancies: 2

F.L.S.A: Non-Exempt Hire Date: September 8th 2014

Start Date: October 7th 2014

Position Summary
Technical Advisors are responsible for leading high quality trail work projects on the Florida Trail. The ability to effectively lead, teach, and supervise volunteer crews is an essential function of this position. The position requires regular field work alongside diverse groups of volunteers on a variety of projects. Technical Advisors will work alongside FTA chapter volunteers, alternative break crews, university groups, BSA Troops, and others. Work projects vary in length from 2-10 days in front and backcountry locations. Generally, trail work consists of corridor brushing with hand tools and mechanized equipment. Infrastructure construction, repair, and removal can also be expected. Technical Advisors should have a broad trail work background and excellent trail construction, crew leading, and trail layout experience.

Primary Duties
• Supervise and work alongside volunteer crews on a variety of projects on the Florida Trail
• Verify trail conditions as much as possible and notify Regional Representatives about access issues, safety
concerns, threats, and changes to the trail
• Teach excellent trail maintenance, construction, and crew leading skills
• Manage pre and post project logistics
• Ensure a high quality experience for volunteers on FTA projects
• Serve as a technical resource to agencies and partners in the areas of trail project management • Oversee construction and maintenance of trail infrastructure

Minimum Qualifications
• Two years professional trail work experience or five years working alongside volunteers • Able to teach, motivate, inspire, and learn from volunteers
• Exceptional trail maintenance, design, and construction skills
• Have a dependable personal vehicle
• Able to work effectively as part of a team
• Ability to solve problems, work independently and be resourceful
Desirable Qualifications
• Wilderness First Responder and CPR or higher certification • Chainsaw class “B” or “C” operator
• Experience using GIS software and Trimble units
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills

Work Environment
Technical Advisors are under the general supervision of FTA regional representatives. This position is non- traditional and requires field work as well as frequent weekend and overnight travel. The work area will include all regions of the Florida Trail.
This position will involve strenuous activities. Technical Advisors 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. A dependable personal vehicle is required and mileage will be reimbursed at the current federal rate. The work season for this position is from October to the end of March.

Pay for this position is $600/wk, paid bi-weekly. Health insurance is available after 90 days. Housing options are available and vary by project location from furnished bunkhouses to front country campsites.

Application Process
Please email letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to Eric Mason at emason@floridatrail.org

Applications must be received by 12:00pm EST Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014.

Hard copies will be accepted and must be postmarked by August 26th, 2014 and be sent to:
Eric Mason, Trail Program Director, Florida Trail Association, 4312 Four Oaks Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32311

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. Employer.

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