TRAVERSE AREA RECREATION AND TRANSPORTATION TRAILS, INC. IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.  APPLICANTS WILL BE CONSIDERED WITHOUT UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RACE, RELIGION, COLOR, SEX, AGE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, DISABILITY, GENETIC INFORMATION, HEIGHT, WEIGHT, MARITAL STATUS OR VETERAN STATUS.

Trail Planner

Role
The Trail Planner is an integral part of TART Trails’ team. This position leads trail planning efforts through all stages of trail development and maintenance.  The Trail Planner is responsible for the development and management of trail planning and maintenance efforts as well as the cultivation and support of partnerships that promote non-motorized recreation and transportation efforts across the TART Trails network. This position leads trail design, easement and survey work, fosters relationships to help implement projects and helps identify the resources needed to expand and care for existing and planned trails in the network. The Planner will need to cultivate and maintain strong relationships with community partners, landowners and volunteers to successfully advance TART Trails’ mission. Working on a small team, the position requires a collaborative approach to work, support of TART’s core values, and ability to positively communicate and work with staff, Board, and volunteers. The Trail Planner reports to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities

Project Management

  • Manages outside contracts for appraisals, land survey work, design/engineering and construction contracts as needed
  • Develop, maintain and strengthen working relationships with diverse communities including private businesses and individuals, non-profit organizations, and government agencies
  • Develop and manage trail project budgets

Trail Planning & Development

  • Undertake priority trail development outreach and cultivation efforts working with planning team including
    • Develop conceptual plans
    • Budget development
    • Initiate project strategy
    • Collaborate with land owners and partner agencies
  • Lead acquisition efforts related to trail work – from landowner outreach to easement negotiation including management of land survey work and appraisals
    • Lead landowner outreach
    • Lead onsite visits and work with landowners through a trail development process
    • Coordinate work with contractor(s), attorneys, appraisers and other consultants
    • Lead negotiation of easement acquisitions with guidance and support of Executive Director and appropriate Board support
  • Guide and assist with trail related design and engineering
  • Execute trail improvement efforts
  • Serve as a resource for surrounding local government agencies seeking to execute trail improvement projects
  • Provide GIS mapping and support as needed

Trail Management

  • Perform regular maintenance planning and implementation, including working with staff and volunteers to develop annual maintenance budgets
  • Support organization policy development and implementation related to trail maintenance and operations
  • Lead trail maintenance efforts varying in scale from contracted capital improvements to volunteer led and executed efforts

Outreach & General Administration

  • Provide consistent updates for related projects and communications
  • Assist with responding to trail user and general trail concerns and correspondence
  • Support grant writing and reporting
  • Provide Trail Project Manager with regular trail updates for clear communication
  • Support FY budgeting and lead trail project budgeting
  • Assist with events as needed

Qualifications

  • Enthusiasm for and understanding of TART Trails’ mission and role in the community
  • Strong work ethic and respect for landowners and project partners
  • 3-5+ years of  trail planning/development or stewardship experience
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to embrace a team-oriented approach to supporting and managing TART Trails’ trail planning, construction and development efforts
  • Strong organizational skills and a disciplined approach to work and creative problem solving
  • Strong computer skills, experience with Microsoft Office, Salesforce, Google Suite preferred
  • Flexible work schedule and time management skills as evening and weekend hours will be required
  • Dependability, flexibility, and adaptability in a dynamic environment
  • Bachelor’s degree or more preferred but not required

Compensation
This is a non-exempt, full-time position with a competitive salary ($52,000 – $72,500) commensurate with background and experience. TART Trails, Inc. offers a suite of benefits including 403(b) match, health insurance, and flexible work schedule.

How to Apply
We will accept applications through July 14, 2021. To apply, please email cover letter and resume to info@traversetrails.org. We hope to have the position filled in August 2021.