Colorado Fourteeners Initiative seeks Trail Project Manager/Leader

March 31, 2010

Deadline: April 13, 2010

2010 Seasonal Position Announcement

1 position available

The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI) is a nonprofit organization working to protect and preserve the natural integrity of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks through active stewardship and public education.

Trail workers and outdoor leaders – come work on Colorado’s highest peaks! CFI seeks to hire six leadership positions to implement CFI's trail construction, maintenance, and restoration projects on Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks (Fourteeners). This is an engaging yet challenging position based out of Colorado’s rugged backcountry. This position requires a strong conservation ethic, excellent team skills, and a desire to work in a challenging yet beautiful backcountry setting. Come and join CFI this summer!

Mt Yale (near Buena Vista, CO) or Chicago Basin – Sunlight & Windom Peaks (near Durango, CO).
• Trail Project Manager/Leader – Technical Specialist (1 positions) – Prepare logistics for backcountry trail/restoration project. Supervise youth corps projects, and potentially volunteers. Applicant must be proficient in trail construction skills, as well as other duties listed under “Desired Qualifications” below. They will camp during all work hitches, based out of a backcountry basecamp. Some time may be required in the CFI office in Golden, CO. Positions start in mid to late May and run through late September or early October.


Roles and Responsibilities

• Implement trail construction and restoration projects at high altitude (11-14,000+ feet); extensive rock work and restoration work including rock steps and walls, alpine tundra stabilization, and re-vegetation.
• Serve as the on-mountain expert on technical trail construction and ensure that project work is being constructed to established quality standards and timelines.
• Set regular project goals/priorities.
• Provide/facilitate solutions for working through problem areas.
• Coordinate with the Field Programs Manager and US Forest Service (USFS) to implement CFI's alpine restoration, trail construction, and maintenance projects. Report on progress of field projects to the Field Programs Manager and other CFI staff/committees as needed.
• Work projects require hiking up to 7 miles per day at altitude, using heavy hand tools, extensive heavy stonework, and working and contributing as part of a team.
• Project planning and management: Determine human resources and equipment/materials needed to accomplish trail/restoration projects; set regular project completion goals; oversee project logistics (travel planning, tool preparation, food re-stocks, lining out project work sections); materials planning; health and safety; and interaction with the public.
• Coordinate equipment packing with horsepackers (Mt Yale and Chicago Basin).
• Lead and train CFI staff and/or youth corps and/or volunteers in trail maintenance/construction and restoration techniques. Ensure project safety and quality.
• Identify project challenges and pro-actively prescribe solutions.
• Supervise basecamp operations (set-up, sanitation, Leave-No-Trace, etc).
• Foster a positive, open, engaging, and motivating experience for volunteers and/or youth corps members.
• Educate self, volunteers, and/or youth corps in alpine ecology and Leave No Trace principles.
• Base camp duties, meal prep, tool/equipment maintenance, public interaction.
• Continually enhance expertise in alpine trail restoration and construction techniques, crew management, and leadership.
• Compilation of project reports during and after the project season.
• Other tasks as assigned to contribute to the overall implementation and operations of CFI’s projects.


• Trail building/maintenance experience in a supervisory role (or trail experience plus other project and people management experience)
• Strong rock work experience (stairs, retaining walls, check dams, etc) as pertaining to trails
• Excellent physical condition
• Proficiency in travelling (hiking and navigating) and living in mountain backcountry environments
• Willingness and ability to live and perform strenuous work at high altitude for consecutive days

• Outdoor leadership experience (or other leadership background)
• Positive, professional attitude
• A strong passion for leading volunteers and/or young adults and related experience
• Excellent communication, motivational, and interpersonal skills applicable to a group outdoor setting

• Excellent organizational, planning, and logistical skills
• Ability to manage multiple tasks and delegate as necessary
• Ability to pro-actively solve problems, work independently, and be creative and resourceful
• Passion about the outdoors and a strong conservation ethic
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Attention to detail

Other desirable qualifications include:
• Education or background in Natural Resource Management, Forestry, Ecology, or related field
• Experience working within or managing a budget
• Experience working with horse-packing
• Experience working for or with the US Forest Service
• Environmental education experience
• Education or background in outdoor leadership
• Ecological restoration experience
• Familiarity with the alpine environment and ecology

• Current valid drivers license and good driving record
• Certification in either a) Wilderness First Aid and CPR, or b) Wilderness First Responder (or have obtained these by the
first date of employment)
• A personal vehicle to get to work rendezvous points
• Adequate personal outdoor camping/backpacking/hiking equipment

The weekly work schedule will be variable (averaging 40 hours/week), with work hitches of up to 10 days in length and
occasional evenings required. Some travel, occasionally with a personal vehicle, is required. The work is physically
demanding and is performed at high altitude in a backcountry environment. Position is primarily field-based, with occasional
trips to local towns for supplies and logistics.

Compensation depends on experience: $14.00 to $17.00/hr

Benefits include food provided or a food allowance; medical training allowance; and discounts on outdoor gear and
equipment. Travel with a personal vehicle is reimbursed at the federal rate.

Positions available until filled. Finalists will be required to complete a medical history, physician’s release form, and a
driving background check. To apply for a position, applicants must:
1. E-mail for the CFI Application for Seasonal Employment & Internships

2. Complete 1) the Application for Seasonal Employment & Internships, 2) a cover letter, and 3) resume in
MS Word or PDF format only.
3. E-mail application materials to PLEASE – e-mail applications only (again, in MS Word or
PDF format); no hard copies in the mail. If you have trouble with submitting your application electronically,

All questions pertaining to these positions can be directed to or mailed to the above address (please, no
phone inquiries). For additional information about CFI, please visit our website at

The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of all
races, ages, sexual orientations, and ethnic and religious backgrounds.

Colorado Fourteeners Initiative
607 10th Street, Suite 107N
Golden, CO 80401

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