Student Conservation Association seeks trail inventory supervisor

From the Student Conservation Association

November 24, 2010

Trail Corps Project Leader

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), a national force of conservation volunteers is seeking an experienced, quality oriented outdoor leader to supervise a team of two corps members responsible for completing a trail inventory project for the Mark Twain NF, Missouri and Shawnee NF, Illinois. Be part of a new SCA initiative working with the USFS, performing Trail Assessment and Condition Surveys (TRACS) of multiple trails throughout the Forests. TRACS survey tasks include linear measurement, measurement of all trail features, photographing features and conditions, utilizing GPS to gather spatial information and documentation of all of the above. Teams may be provided housing or live in a developed campground for days off, but may also camp in remote locations or spike camps while in the field. This position is full time, seasonal.

Primary Responsibilities:

Crew Manager
Lead and manage work outcomes and crew dynamics
Facilitate team operations: food planning/purchasing, tools & equipment, vehicles, housing arrangements
Actively manage project/member risk to maintain a safe work environment

Technical Advisor
Supervise the skills training of corps members
Manage the quality & technique of work performed
Promote leadership development within team and evaluate success & potential
Partnership Representative
Manage relationship with agency partner
Work collaboratively with agency on program logistics
Ensure successful and timely completion of work project

Program Administrator
Communicate with SCA field support staff as required
Complete required program reporting and documentation
Manage budget and necessary purchasing for crew and project
Ensure compliance with all SCA Risk Management policies & procedures

Minimum 21 years of age
1-3 years prior experience supervising young adults in an outdoor wilderness setting
1-2 years previous trail construction experience
Experience with GPS/GIS technology strongly preferred
Current Wilderness First Aid/CPR certification
Possess High School diploma, Bachelors degree preferred
Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required
Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards
Excellent communication and leadership skills
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
Ability to hike up to 10 miles per day/ 8 hours per day.
Ability to work in an outdoor environment exposed to the elements for extended periods of time

Program Dates: Position begins January 10th with Project Leader Orientation. Corps members arrive February 8th. Program ends May 3rd, 2011. Project Leader end date is May 13th, 2011 with possible extension to August 25th, 2011 if Leader completes the first program in excellent standing.

Compensation: Salary range $500-$545 per week, paid biweekly.

To apply: Login or Sign-up at - Select Crew/Project Leader when prompted.  Please be sure to upload your cover letter, resume & 3 references. 

If you are having technical difficulties, please email with Trail Corps Project Leader in the subject line.

SCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to workforce diversity. 

For more information about SCA, visit us at

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