Hawaii trails program (Maui) seeks Trails Maintenance Worker

August 30, 2011



This position assists the Trails and Access specialist V in performing project execution for the Trails and Access Program and assists and supports in field operations. The position requires a diversity of specialized technical expertise, sensitivity to the wilderness and cultural resources, good communication skills and an abundance of physical and mental stamina.


Trails Maintenance - 60%

Carpentry - 20%

Equipment/Vehicle Operation and Maintenance - 20%


Must have good understanding of trail problem solving and assessment of conditions with improvements in mind, as well as all aspects of water movement in various soils types. Must be able to work from sketches, basic blueprints, and instructions which are incomplete in terms of type of job required and materials and methods to be used. Has knowledge of rock construction including material selection, structure design and site preparation. Has knowledge of working mechanized trail building machinery, safely and efficiently, load , unload, and trailer machine and attachments. Knowledge of maintaining mechanized trail building machines. Manages helipad operations safely and smoothly. Extensive knowledge of falling and bucking hazardous windfalls, root wads, and snags.


Must have at least five (5) years experience on trail crew for private trail contractor or government land managing agency.


Considerable physical effort is usually part of the job; such as when operating chain saws, rock drills, moving rocks and logs from the trail. Much walking, bending and heavy lifting is required. At times, long, strenuous hikes up to 8 miles are taken with 50-60 pound packs. This job requires excellent physical and mental stamina. Will have to lift loads of 50 to 120 pounds.


Trail maintenance workers generally live and work in remote areas, spending as much as 40% of their time in the backcountry, at times working four ten-hour days, with three days off. Incumbent may live and work in heavy rain, and steep rugged terrain. Will be exposed to excessive noise and vibration, noxious gases and fumes from equipment such as chainsaws, rock drills, mechanized trail equipment, and machines. May be exposed to hazardous materials such as wood preservatives, resins and other solvents. May have to wade through swift streams or cross them on slippery rocks. Constantly exposed to hazards in the daily use of tools, particularly when felling standing timber or windfalls. May be required to negotiate past steep cliffs. Occasionally attacked by stinging, biting insects.

For a complete job description and more information, contact:
Torrie Nohara
Na Ala Hele, Trails and Access Specialist
54 South High Street, Room 101
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
Phone: (808) 873-3508
Fax: (808) 873-3505
Email: Torrie.L.Nohara@Hawaii.gov

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