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Durango Trail Crew Leader

Are you interested in a unique opportunity to join a leading nonprofit organization in the outdoor industry? Do you want to live in a picturesque mountain town while making a significant positive impact on the community? Are you passionate about the outdoors? Do you wish you could combine your passion for the outdoors and recreation with your career? 

Durango Trails — local nonprofit trail organization in Durango, Colorado — is hiring for a seasonal (July-September) full-time Trail Crew Lead.

The ideal candidate will be a strong leader with expertise in the design, maintenance and development of system trails, including a knowledge of sustainable trail construction, group facilitation expertise, and strong project management skills. Working with and reporting to the Head Crew Lead, they will also have a keen understanding of the importance of interacting with volunteers, the public and land managers and their role as an ambassador on and off the trail.

Opportunities for professional development related to the job are available.

See the full job description below. Applications due Wednesday, June 30, at 12 noon.

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Job Description


  • Supervises crews of students, volunteers and work groups
  • Develops relationships and works with land managers across disciplines
  • Tracks upcoming trail projects and schedules trailwork activities
  • Lays out and flags trails (re-routes and maintenance)
  • Creates maps for future trail alignment proposals and maps trail maintenance areas
  • Develops recon reports for crew leaders
  • Assigns tasks and provides training for crews
  • Oversees trail tools and truck maintenance
  • Works with marketing coordinator to schedule volunteer days one month out
  • Manages tools, tool shed, trucks and storage of all tools
  • Manages and creates trail reports

Typical Duties

  • Prepares trailwork maintenance and construction projects
  • Tracks and organizes trail projects through Dropbox
  • GPS trail alignment with pin flagging and comfortable with software and writing
  • Provides trail lay out and design with understanding of grade and sustainable alignment
  • Walks alignments with Crew Lead and land managers as necessary for approvals
  • Oversees activities of volunteers with safety as a priority in order to provide direction and ensure completion of projects
  • Works with TrailKids Educator as needed
  • Establishes priorities and sequence of projects in order to coordinate and ensure efficient completion of the established project work schedule
  • Coordinates and schedules activities in order to ensure trail construction and maintenance projects are completed efficiently and in a timely manner
  • Assesses trail conditions and updates online trail conditions report for the public 
  • Works with the trail recon team on planning projects
  • Maintains a variety of specialized hand and power tools in order to ensure and maintain continued working order of tools
  • Communicates with volunteers, supervisors, and others in order to provide information, training, and motivation
  • Inventories tools, equipment, camping and other gear in order to maintain records and ensure accountability of materials, tools, and equipment
  • Interacts with land managers as needed to provide information and feedback
  • Plans for drinks, food, coolers and materials for each trail project
  • Maintains work trucks, including keeping a clean truck, current oil changes, maintenance and driving responsibly
  • Properly accounts all expenses and receipts
  • Responsible for all volunteer waivers and turning in to office management in a timely fashion
  • Manages all ongoing trail projects
  • Keep handbook updated
  • Coordinates volunteer training
  • Communicates well with Executive Director
  • Assists and supports trailwork maintenance and construction projects


  • Crew leader experience
  • Ability to positively interact with the community and create a safe working environment is the highest priority
  • Must be able to commit to entire season plus answer emails/questions during the off season.
  • Knowledge of trail construction and maintenance techniques
  • Knowledge of sustainable trail design and construction and design terminology 
  • Strong sense of importance of representing a non profit in the community
  • Understanding trail use as determined by the land managers
  • Ability to appreciate differentiated and designated use of the trail
  • Willingness to attend trail building school
  • Knowledge of specialized tools and equipment used in trail construction and maintenance
  • Ability to plan, organize, assign and direct crews of students and volunteers
  • Ability to motivate and supervise work crews during short and long-term projects
  • Ability to plan and implement daily activities for projects
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to safely utilize and maintain specialized tools and equipment
  • Ability to use WordPress, Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel, and Dropbox
  • Ability to operate a trail machine is a plus
  • Ability to use mapping software and create maps is a plus
  • Certified or able to obtain first-aid certification
  • Certified or able to obtain certification for chainsaw use and safety
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Background check will be conducted

Physical Qualifications:

  • Must be able to hike, bike, work outside, get to work sites, and endure vigorous exercise
  • Must be able to carry and lift up to 50 pounds
  • Expect to be on your feet daily


Monthly salary (no benefits) based on experience



To Apply:

Fill out the application form above, or submit your resume via email to info@durangotrails.org with the subject line “Co-Crew Lead Position.”

No phone calls, visits, or mail please. Applications due Wednesday, June 30, at 12 noon.

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