Trails Manager for Friends of Pathways in Jackson Hole, WY

March 2, 2015

Friends of Pathways, a non-profit organization that supports healthy lifestyles, active transportation and human-powered recreation by promoting safe and sustainable trails and pathways networks, is seeking a full-time staff person to manage and oversee its robust and growing trails program. FOP currently stewards 125 miles of summer front country trails in the Greater Snow King, Teton Pass and Munger Mountain areas through a cooperative agreement with the Bridger-Teton National Forest. As well, our organization works to promote respectful and ethical use of the winter backcountry environments in Cache Creek and Teton Pass areas, and facilitates hundreds of hours of volunteer time in support of a well-maintained trail system. The FOP Trails Program Manager will work with FOP seasonal and full-time staff, volunteers, and Bridger-Teton National Forest personnel to ensure program success.

Job Duties Include:

Trail Program Planning and Management
- Produce and implement an annual trails program plan.
- Prepare trail budget, manage and track expenses.
- Submit grant or other funding applications for trail projects on the Jackson Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
- Solicit sponsorship and support for FOP Trails program.
- Organize and enhance FOP/BTNF trail mapping efforts.
- Advocate for new trail projects, where appropriate, and implement construction of approved projects.
- Work in partnership with the Bridger-Teton National Forest and seasonal BTNF/FOP Trail crew to manage trail rehabilitation, maintenance and construction projects.
- Establish and oversee a summer youth trail crew program to assist with trail building and reconstruction projects.
- Ensure sustainable trail building with respect to natural resources, in partnership with appropriate agencies.
- Compile an annual trail assessment report.

Public Outreach and Education
- Collaborate with service clubs, schools, businesses and government organizations to encourage and engage volunteers for trail projects.
- Promote proper trail etiquette by working with trail users, organizations and government agencies and providing on-site outreach at popular trailheads.
- Oversee FOP Trails & Pathways Ambassadors and develop work schedule and protocols for managing and enhancing this program.
- Advocate for a multi-use culture on our local trails & pathways.
- Respond to trail and pathways complaints, and develop protocols for solutions.
- Represent FOP through public speaking and/or writing.

Other Responsibilities

- Work with FOP Program Director and Executive Director to provide written comments on trails related issues as they arise.
- Assist with physical projects on the pathways if needed.
- Attend trail conferences, trail training sessions, and work with other agency trail managers to gain varied experience and skills in trail management, planning, construction and maintenance as time and resources permit.

- Proven team player with a commitment to the vision, goals and objectives of FOP and trail stewardship on the Bridger-Teton with respect to watersheds, land conservation and wildlife protection.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively and tactfully with a wide range of people and personalities to establish and foster collaborative partnerships.
- Strong writing and communication skills;
- Skills in organizing, leading and managing groups of volunteers with varying level of experience in an effective and safe manner during projects.
- Ability to work on several projects simultaneously.
- Well-organized, self-motivated and independent worker who can develop and implement work and stay within budget.
- Experience with project management and/or program experience in multi-use trail design and development, construction and maintenance.
- Experience with grant writing;
- Strong computer skills; GIS or other mapping preferred.
- Ability to perform physical labor and/or cardiovascular activity for sustained periods of time including the ability to carry supplies, hand tools and equipment for extended periods of time.
- Dependable personal vehicle and willing to have mileage reimbursed.

This is a full time, year-round position. Competitive salary and benefits are commensurate with experience. Standard benefits package include participation in a group health insurance, paid time off and a great work environment!

How to Apply
Interested candidates should send an email to, including a cover letter detailing their interest and qualifications along with a resume and 3 references.

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