Trailheads Assistant Crew Lead

at City Of Boulder
Location Boulder, CO
Date Posted February 9, 2019
Category Sports, Fitness & Recreation
Job Type Temporary


Under general supervision, to assist in leading and providing work direction for a 3 person work crew and to perform a variety of skilled tasks repair and maintain trailheads and related facilities; primarily to execute field work (70-90%), but occasionally to develop practices; to execute assigned responsibilities and implement seasonal work plans for the Visitor Access work group's Trailhead program, consistent with department plans and policies and within a department-wide context that supports all chartered land uses and open space purposes; and to perform related duties as required.


1. Supports direction of crew member staff activities for the Trailhead program.

  • Helps Trailhead Crew Lead plan, develop, and relay daily work plans for trailhead crew and ensures that directions are being followed.
  • Assist the Trailhead Crew Lead in providing work leadership and training crew members and other work crews in essential skills necessary to safely and effectively perform a variety of trail construction and maintenance projects.
  • Remains alert to conditions and events occurring on the system and anticipates needed actions and reports such needs to the supervisor.
  • Conducts daily safety briefings and completes safety logs.
  • Supports Crew Lead in Performing or coordinating necessary training for crew members including writing equipment maintenance protocols, safe equipment and tool operation and all safety precautions.
  • Ensures crews are conducting work efficiently, effectively, and in a safe and legal manner. Anticipates unsafe circumstances and takes precautions to prevent accidents.
  • Supports Crew Lead in resolving conflicts among crew members, maintains a positive team environment, and refers issues appropriately to their immediate supervisor.
  • Ensures that crew members have necessary equipment and supplies and that tools, vehicles, and equipment are maintained in good working order.
  • Maintains records of work performed, equipment and materials used, photo documentation of work and performs related duties as required by management to meet the needs of the City.
  • May assist in coordinating and leading contractors, volunteers, jail crew, community service and/or interns.
2. Works in a collaborative manner to help implement the Trailhead program, which includes the following:
  • Work as part of a crew to perform routine, cyclic, and specialized maintenance, repair and reconstruction/construction on trailheads and related structures and facilities, including clearing (specialized), grading; path improvements, maintenance and repair; carpentry work; and use of associated tools and equipment.
  • Operate and use specialized equipment: chainsaws, excavators, power carriers, mowers, graders, skid steers, grinders and sharpening tools, etc.
  • Assist the Crew Lead in the organization and maintenance of tools and equipment in the field as well as general upkeep of the tools and materials
  • Coordinates and performs trailhead fieldwork and short-term deliverables to accomplish department goals.
  • Work as part of a team.
  • Conducts assigned responsibilities within the program to meet department goals, which may include Trailhead maintenance and construction/replacement, project related outreach, implementation of the identified management practices, and monitoring.
  • Works cooperatively with OSMP staff to implement best management practices and policies to accomplish department goals.
  • Provides exceptional customer service to internal and external customers through careful listening and understanding of client issues and by communicating project proposals, specifications, and project statuses to ensure multiple management objectives are met.
  • Works as part of a team to coordinate staff response to issues related to program disciplines.
3. Other
  • Performs related duties as required to meet the needs of the city.
  • Maintains a high level of professionalism and integrity; provides excellent customer services to internal and external customers; listens to questions and concerns, evaluates issues and possible solutions, works collaboratively with the OSMP and other city teams to find solutions to challenges that arise; inspires confidence and respect; uses feedback from others to grow and develop.
  • Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, and equipment. Uses all required safety equipment and follows all safety regulations, policies and procedures. Utilizes Job Hazard Analysis forms for all work tasks.
  • Remain generally alert to conditions and events occurring at trailhead areas indicating misuse; anticipates needed maintenance and reports such problems to the Trailhead Crew Lead or Trailhead Program Leads.
  • Take proper safety precautions, anticipate unsafe circumstances, and act accordingly to prevent accidents. Use all proper safety equipment. Report all accidents and damage to city property.
  • Actively supports and upholds the city's stated mission and values. Optimizes the use of resources; responsible for knowing and complying with all city and department policies; participating in professional trainings and development; and adhering to attendance and workplace attire policies.
Generally, duties and responsibilities are listed from most to least critical or time consuming.



High school diploma or equivalent, and two years of experience in the trailhead maintenance, landscaping, construction or related field, or any equivalent combination of education and experience. Physical ability and willingness to work in adverse weather and field conditions. Ability to use all safety equipment. Demonstrated ability to rely on experience, training, and independent judgment in determining how to plan and execute responsibilities in resourceful and effective ways. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, departments, governmental agencies, and the public. Ability to prepare effective written reports, and to work and communicate effectively with diverse groups of people, including the ability to deal courteously with the public and land users. Effective organization skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Office. Valid driver's license. Have and maintain an acceptable motor vehicle record.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS – In addition to the required minimum qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in recreation ecology, recreation resource management, environmental study/science, natural resource management, parks and protected area management, humane dimensions, construction, project management or related field, plus a minimum of two years of work experience in trailhead maintenance or related field. Experience supervising work crews in trailhead maintenance or related field. Knowledge and experience with hand and power tools common to the trade. S-212 or equivalent Chainsaw Certification. Prior experience leading technicians, contractors, and/or volunteers. Strong proficiency with ArcGIS. Ability to review and evaluate engineering designs and drawings. Ability to use and repair tools and equipment common to the trade. Certified in Advanced First Aid.



This is a skilled position. The position emphasizes and involves a variety of knowledge and abilities in the field of facility and trailhead maintenance to include: carpentry, grading, sanitation, metal work and operation of a motor vehicle, mechanized equipment and trailers. The Assistant Trailhead Crew Lead is expected to perform trailhead repair and maintenance under minimal supervision from the Crew Lead. The assistant Trailhead Crew Lead will assume leadership of trailhead crew in absence of the Trailhead Crew Lead. The position will assist the Trailhead Crew Lead in training and directing the work of people in the Crew Member position, volunteers, and other groups and individuals assigned to trailhead projects.

WORKING CONDITIONS - Required Physical and Mental Effort, and Environmental Conditions:

Physical Demands and Mental Effort: Ability to perform a wide range of physical and manual tasks in an outdoor environment. Physical ability to stand, bend, walk, and kneel. Ability to carry up to 40 pounds while hiking on rough terrain. Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities that permits the employee to communicate effectively on the telephone and in person. Sufficient vision or other powers of observation that permits the employee to review, evaluate and prepare a variety of written documents and materials. Sufficient manual dexterity that permits the employee to operate computer equipment and other office equipment. Work may include extended periods of time viewing a computer video monitor and/ or operating a keyboard. Ability to work under stress from demanding deadlines, public contact, and changing priorities and conditions.

Work Environment: Works in an outdoor environment year-round. Potential exposure to dangerous wildlife (e.g., rattlesnakes, mountain lions, stinging insects), toxic chemicals (paint), dangerous plants (poison ivy) and dangerous weather conditions (e.g., heat, cold, lightning). Also works in an indoor setting at a desk.

Machines and equipment used include, but are not limited to the following: Frequently uses standard office equipment including personal computers, calculators, cell phones, and copy machines; vehicles including four-wheel drive vehicles and pulling a trailer; a range of relevant and appropriate tools and equipment.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

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