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Trail Coordinator at Indian Creek Nature Center - 17396

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Trail Coordinator
Indian Creek Nature Center
5300 Otis Road SE
52403 Cedar Rapids , IA ,
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Job Description: 

POSITION TITLE: Trail Coordinator

REPORTS TO: Director of Land Stewardship

SUPERVISES: Part-time and/or seasonal land staff

HOURS OF POSITION: 40+ hours/week including regular weekend and evening hours.

STATUS: Full Time, Salaried: $40,000-$45,000

DATE REVISED: November 2022

GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION: Manages ecosystems through the implementation of sound conservation practices and principles. Maintains campus, trails, and outdoor spaces in a safe, aesthetic, and user-friendly manner. Performs general facility and land maintenance and upkeep. Supervises volunteers and seasonal employees.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Land Restoration and Management

Performs ecosystem maintenance, including conducting controlled burns, removal of invasive species, tree planting and clearing, and implementing other general ecological improvement methods.
Supervises and works with land staff and individual and group volunteers on land restoration and similar projects, including planting, tree clearing, seed harvesting, and other duties.
Trail Development and Maintenance

Performs regular outdoor maintenance to ensure trails are maintained at a high standard: leads volunteers and assigned staff to ensure the following tasks are completed on trails: mowing and weed whacking; debris removal; and maintenance of trails to limit erosion, environmental impact, and user safety.
Performs tree removal and clean-up using appropriate and safe chainsaw methods, including felling, chopping, grubbing, and trimming.
Ensures that an up-to-date trail map is maintained at all times. Works with appropriate individuals to ensure that the map is visually appealing and adequately conveys the user experience for guests.
Coordinates or performs general maintenance for all outdoor spaces, including mowing/trimming, snow removal, debris clean-up as appropriate.
Maple Syrup Operations

Leads and oversees the annual maple syrup harvest, including tapping, collection, and production. Manages volunteers to assist in this process.
General Duties/Responsibilities

Assists in the maintenance of buildings and facilities as needed, including general upkeep and repair. Maintains facilities and work areas in a clean and orderly manner. Ensures grounds and facilities are secured as needed.
Coordinates volunteers to effectively and efficiently complete tasks. Maintains a positive attitude and appropriate working relationship at all times with volunteers and others.
Maintains all equipment in working order. Coordinates and performs regularly scheduled and preventative maintenance.
Maintains facilities in good working order and with a great appearance.
Develops, manages, and reviews budgets for all assigned areas. Meets targets for both income and expenses.
Performs job in a safe manner at all times. Ensures those around him/her are practicing safe procedures.
Ensures compliance with all organization policies and procedures in assigned areas of responsibility.
Maintains current knowledge of development in areas of responsibility. Participates in state, local, and national organizations, conferences, and workshops as appropriate.
Performs other duties as directed.

Education & Experience: 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES: Belief in the Nature Center’s mission and a healthy appreciation for the outdoors. Must possess knowledge of conservation principles, practices, and trends and have a thorough understanding of regional ecology, including prairie and woodland management. Must have knowledge of skills and ability to safely operate equipment and tools, including, but not limited to, chainsaws, mowers, tractors, track/skid loaders, and hand and power tools. Must have experience using chainsaws, including felling trees. Adept at identifying and solving problems and reacting quickly. Good oral and written communication skills and ability to share and teach information. Energetic, professional demeanor, positive attitude and motivation. Ability to manage projects of varying scales. Experience in volunteer management, preferred. Ability to lift and carry 40 pounds unassisted. Ability to be outdoors in good and inclement weather.

GENERAL PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES: Constant (67-100%) outdoor, physical work in a variety of weather conditions. Constant (67-100%) walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching, climbing, balancing, pushing and pulling. Constant (67-100%) reaching, standing, grasping, finger dexterity. Constant (67-100%) talking and listening to people in person or over the telephone. Occasionally (34-66%) viewing computer screens and other types of close visual work. Occasionally (34-66%) lifting and carrying 50 pounds. Occasionally (34-66%) operating mechanical machinery including climbing to mount equipment, pushing, pulling, and grasping with hands and fingers, using feet and legs to push pedals, and ability to react quickly. May occasionally (10-33%) be required to travel off-site to complete duties.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree or higher in conservation, natural resources, biology, parks, outdoor management, or a related field. Minimum of 1-2 years of work experience in a related field required. In lieu of a bachelor’s degree, four to eight years experience in conservation, natural resources, biology, parks, outdoor management, or a related field. Certified, or ability to get certified, in herbicide application. Certified, or ability to get certified, in these wildland firefighting courses: Iowa DNR Course Numbers S-130, S-190, and S110 or the equivalent. Must provide proof of coverage and maintain personal automobile insurance coverage, including liability.

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