Iowa DNR - AmeriCorps Trail Crew Leader for 2017

January 18, 2017


Iowa DNR Trails Program
Position Opening: Trail Crew Leader

Program Overview:

The Iowa DNR Trails Program trains, enables and empowers future conservation leaders by teaching sustainable trail building and stewardship techniques, while engaging and teaching AmeriCorps members on the responsible use and care of open space and addressing the needs of Iowa State Parks, Recreation Areas and Preserves.
Trail Crew Leaders will lead crew members and volunteers performing trail work under the supervision IDNR Trail Program Staff. For more information about AmeriCorps check out

Service Location: State of Iowa Parks, Recreation areas and Preserves
Term of Service: 900 hour: April 21 through October 19

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Supervise, motivate, and coordinate crew members and volunteers as a team
• Build and maintain trails, lead project management, delegation of tasks, quality control in field and office, maintain positive attitude
• Coordinate project logistics with Trail Program and park staff.
• Instruct crew members and volunteers in the safe operation and maintenance of equipment
• Manage the day-to-day activities of crew members and volunteers under the supervision and support of Trail Program and park staff
• Serve as role model, facilitator, educate crew members and volunteers on trail work ethic and pace to accomplish task and goals
• Encourage high ethical and personal standards
• Provide guidance and support to members in conflict resolution, and team building
• Communicate with program staff, crew members, and volunteers to ensure the execution of a quality program that is consistent with the IDNR Policies and AmeriCorps requirements
• Complete weekly timesheets, project accomplishments, and volunteer paperwork
• Document clear and concise project accomplishments

Trail Crew Leaders are NOT responsible for signing crew member timesheets, evaluating crew member performance, disciplining crew members, enrolling/dismissing crew members, writing and/or signing program reports, managing the program’s payroll and budget.

Skills and Attributes Required:
• Trail work and leadership experience required
• Ability to conduct physically strenuous field work in rugged terrain including ability to lift and carry heavy loads up to 50 pounds and hike 5 miles on uneven terrain
• Ability and willingness to work in all weather conditions
• Durable sense of humor, enthusiasm, and ability to work hard
• Ability to maintain a safe and enjoyable work environment under challenging conditions
• Ability to motivate, teach, and work with people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds
• Must have a reliable personal vehicle for transportation

• Build/maintain long lasting trails in beautiful locations
• Training and experience: griphoist rigging, bridge building, new trail construction, timber trail structures, trail tread and drainage, trail design and layout
• Valuable professional and networking opportunities
• Serving the local community and visitors in Iowa State Parks, Recreation areas and Preserves
• Meal reimbursement while in the field
• Iowa State Park Campsite provided
• Pre-tax living allowance not to exceed $6,956.95 over 13 pay periods
• Upon successful completion of the program, an education award of $2,887.5 for 900 hour term
• Opportunity for qualified student loan deferment

Enrollment Requirements:
An individual must be at least 18 years of age; have a high school diploma or GED; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien; pass a three-part national service criminal history check of the national sex-offender registry, state repository check, and FBI fingerprint check; and complete all pre-service orientation and training requirements. Documentation of age, education and citizenship are due by the first day of orientation. Criminal history checks will be initiated before the start of service; an individual will be ineligible if s/he is required to register on the National Sex Offender Registry, has been convicted of a violent felony, rape, murder, or fails to disclose any previous conviction. Other convictions or pending charges will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with program policy.

To Apply:
To receive full consideration please e-mail a resume, cover letter, and three employment, volunteer, or school references to Tim Wermers, Trails Program, at or call 515-577-3009 with questions.

Applications accepted until the positions are filled, with preference given to those received before February 20th

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