Trails Crew Lead Posted Dec 23, 2020
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks , Boulder, CO
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The OSMP Crew Lead role provides support and leadership to execute trail program objectives as well as department wide plans that support all charted land uses and open space purposes. Crew leads are responsible for field and project management, skills development, and administrative and logistical support of their crew and overall trails program. The Trail Crew Lead is expected to perform and guide others in trail construction and maintenance under minimal supervision. As a Crew Lead, you will coordinate and direct work with other agency partners such as OSMP Jr. Rangers, conservation corps crews, volunteers, and other groups and individuals assigned to trail projects. This position requires hiking up to 10 hours per day, carrying a backpack and hand tools, and working outside in inclement weather and in mountainous terrain.


Project and Personnel Management (70%)

Directs crew to complete routine maintenance, repair and construction on trails and related structures and facilities
Provide field support, training, and comprehensive performance evaluations to crew
Conduct daily safety briefings and complete safety logs.
Ability to stay engaged and motivate others with the task at hand for up to 10 hours at a time, especially when tasks are repetitive and physical in nature.
Maintain regular communication on status of projects with project managers and supervisors

Mentoring Staff (20%)

Develop and facilitate on-the-job tool training, leadership, and team development activities to crews and other agency partners
Deliver instruction on specialized skills such as rigging, dry stone construction, carpentry, and mechanized equipment.
Openly shares successes and challenges to support team learning and individual growth.

Reporting & Communications (10%)

Record daily work completed using asset management software
Take before and after photos of projects
Communicate project timeline, deliverables, and progress to project managers and supervisors
Create end of project reports that highlight challenges and work completed


Takes proper safety precautions to prevent accidents. Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, and equipment. Uses all required safety equipment and follows all safety regulations, policies and procedures. Reports all accidents and damage to city property.
Knowing all policies inclusive of safety and reporting any damage or infractions.


Driver’s license and ability to maintain an acceptable motor vehicle record.
Acceptable background information including criminal history is required.
One season of experience supervising work crews completing natural resource management or land management field tasks.


Leading Others with Emotional Intelligence: Motivates, develops, and directs people as they work, identifies the best people for the job. Possess the ability to notice, interpret, and anticipate others’ concerns and feelings, and to communicate this awareness empathetically to others. Maintains a positive team environment and refers issues appropriately to their immediate supervisor.

Teamwork: Works effectively as a member and leader of formal and informal teams. Understands the interests and concerns of others and able and willing to share and receive feedback.

Instructing or Mentoring: Creates a safe learning environment; willing and able to work in a collaborative manner to help execute trail program objectives. Demonstrates commitment to mentoring others, answering questions, and providing a safe space to learn. Ensures crews conduct work efficiently, effectively, and in a safe manner. Anticipates unsafe circumstances and takes precautions to prevent accidents. Uses training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new concepts.

Initiative: Identifies what needs to be done and does it before being asked or before the situation requires it. Completes work in a timely and consistent manner.

Written and Oral Communication: Develop and relay daily work plans to crews and partners to ensure that directions and expectations of quality are being met. Listens to concerns and is open to the ideas of colleagues. Ability to communicate tactfully and effectively with the public and coworkers, with excellent customer service skills.
Integrity: Represent the City of Boulder and Open Space and Mountain Parks with integrity when interacting with the public and project partners.

Safety: Ability to perform risk and hazard analysis and implement proper safety controls; ability to judge weather conditions. Adheres to department and program policies in regards to safety.

Project management: Familiar with project management and variables involved including time, resources, standards, and responding to unexpected events. Ability to recognize needs, assess possible methods to meet needs, and act on solutions.

Preferred Competencies:

Ability to operate and use specialized equipment including trail dozers, excavators, power carriers, gas powered rock drills/breakers, winch and rigging equipment, chainsaws, grinders and sharpening tools, etc.

What you will learn:

You will receive training on operating machinery, chainsaws, rigging, wilderness first aid, trailer backing and towing, project management and scheduling coordination skills, and working with people with a variety of experience levels.

Hiring timeline:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting the end of December. Interviews will start in January.

As part of the City of Boulder hiring process a background check, DMV, and general reference check will be performed.

The City of Boulder provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

This job posting is "continuous" or "open until filled" and will close when a qualified candidates are identified and/or hired.

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