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Trail Specialist - Great Parks

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Green Umbrella

Posted on Friday, August 4, 2023

Organization: Great Parks

About the position:

Join our team as a Trail Specialist! Great Parks is seeking a qualified professional to maintain and build natural surface trails throughout Hamilton County.

A successful Trail Specialist is responsible for coordinating the design, maintenance and improvement of non-paved trails throughout Great Parks. In this role you will assess trail conditions for the purposes of determining use status and prioritizing improvement. You will collaborate with the multiple divisions and stakeholders regarding trail planning and maintenance projects for natural surface trails.

Be a part of an inclusive organization that enriches the region by inspiring nature-based experiences, celebrating cultural heritage and building strong and healthy communities through our dedicated staff, volunteers and friends.

Reviews, updates, and maintains the Great Parks Trail Operations Manual. Identifies, plans, prioritizes and facilitates remedial actions and public notifications based on trail conditions, impacts to natural resources and season.

Trains and assists staff and volunteers engaged in trail maintenance and conservation activities on nature, mountain biking, horse and fitness trails including regularly scheduled inspection, de-berming, armoring, bridge condition assessment, signage, clearing downed trees, mowing, litter pickup, line trimming, reroutes, impacts to natural resources, and maintaining trail corridor to operational standards.

Advises on adequate equipment and tools to ensure staff can satisfactorily complete all assignments.

Coordinates the design and construction of trail structures such as bridges, staircases, fences, retaining walls and boardwalks; including on-site management of contractors. Manages the design of non-paved trails in conjunction with shared-use trails including regional trails projects.

Maintains knowledge of industry best practices for sustainable trail design, building and maintenance. Conducts staff and volunteer training in sustainable trail design, building, and maintenance. Operates and trains others in the use of equipment for trail use and maintenance. Applies chemical herbicides as required.

Builds alliances with organizations, agencies, and stakeholders on trail related efforts. Serves as primary point of contact for non-paved trail user groups and advisory groups. Oversees and manages all trail-related agreements.

Develops community outreach efforts and educational opportunities for volunteers and the public to participate in. Manages volunteer projects. Trains and oversees trail volunteers when assigned. Participates in all assigned volunteer trail days and oversees work agenda and assignments for volunteers. Ensures the needed tools and supplies are available for the workday projects.

Assists with administrative duties involving RFP development, grant application and management, purchasing, public relations, written correspondence, park planning and design, conservation planning, interviewing, reports, and record keeping.

Works with contractors, volunteers, Great Parks’ supervisors, staff, and peers in other departments to accomplish the goals of the organization.

Performs job duties in accordance with Great Parks' policies, procedures, and performance expectations.

Maintains confidentiality of confidential and sensitive information.

Works assigned schedule, exhibits regular and punctual attendance, and works outside of normal schedule as required.


An appropriate combination of education, training, course work and experience may qualify an applicant to demonstrate required knowledge, skills, and abilities. An example of an acceptable qualification is: High School Degree or GED and 4 years’ experience in construction, trail construction, natural resources project management or associate degree in natural resource management or related field and 2 years’ experience in construction, trail construction or natural resources project management.

Ability to document identity and employment eligibility within three (3) days of original appointment as a condition of employment in compliance with Immigration Reform and Control Act requirements.


State Motor Vehicle Operator’s License that meets GPHC current carrier guidelines.

First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is required and Wilderness First Aid within 2 years of employment. Pesticide Applications license within one year of hire.

We offer an excellent benefit package that includes medical, dental and life insurance; paid vacation, 11 holidays and sick time; enrollment in Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and free or discounted use of many Great Parks of Hamilton County recreational activities.

Great Parks is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or any other classification protected under applicable law.

More information can be found here.