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TN State Parks Trails Administrator
Posted on September 16th, 2015

Exciting news!
We are hiring a State Park Trails Administrator.  The position is listed as a Park Manager, so it creates a little confusion.  Getting this message out to you is a way to help with that possible confusion.  Please pass along, if you see beneficial.
From the TNDOHR Current Openings page (, the position is "Job Title: PARK MANAGER 1-091615-148242"
The position is described more specifically as:
Position Summary
The successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication, presentation and interpersonal skills, be an efficient problem solver and self-starter, and have the ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and agencies. Candidate must be a flexible and creative team player able to handle a variety of tasks simultaneously. Experience in project management, successful grant writing, and GIS/GPS skills are strongly preferred. Knowledge of paved pathway and trail design standards, NEPA guidelines, familiarity with local trails and open space, and a basic understanding of local government processes is a plus.

This position is in the Division of Facilities and Land Management and is responsible for leading high quality trail work projects on the Tennessee State Parks. This includes the ability to work in the field as well as GIS work in the office.  The ability to effectively lead, teach, and supervise volunteer crews is an essential function of this position. The position requires regular field work alongside diverse groups of volunteers on a variety of projects. This position will work alongside Rangers, volunteers, alternative break crews, university groups, BSA Troops, and others. Work projects vary in length.  Projects may be based in the office or in various front and backcountry locations. Generally, trail work consists of corridor brushing with hand tools and mechanized equipment. Infrastructure construction, repair, and removal can also be expected. The Trails Administrator should have a broad trail work background and excellent trail construction, crew leading, and trail layout experience. The GIS software to be used is ESRI.
Primary Duties
  • Facilitate the annual assessment of State Park Trails
  • Reports regularly to Conservation Program Manager on assessment recommendations, successes and problem areas
  • Facilitates and works alongside volunteer crews on a variety of projects
  • Verify trail conditions as much as possible and notify Park Management about access issues, safety concerns, threats, and changes to the trail
  • Teach excellent trail maintenance, construction, and crew leading skills
  • Manage pre and post project logistics
  • Ensure a high quality experience for volunteers on projects
  • Ensure that all work takes into consideration guest safety, resource protection, scenic and aesthetic quality
  • Serve as a technical resource to agencies and partners in the areas of trail project management
  • Oversee construction and maintenance of trail infrastructure
  • Coordinate trail signage and mapping project with the Division of Interpretation 

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management or related field preferred
  • Two years professional trail work experience or five years working alongside volunteers
  • Able to teach, motivate, inspire, and learn from volunteers
  • Exceptional trail maintenance, design, and construction skills
  • Able to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to solve problems, work independently and be resourceful
  • Experience using GIS software

Desirable Qualifications
  • Wilderness First Responder and CPR or higher certification
  • Chainsaw operator certification
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of trail bridges and designs.
  • An understanding of trail bridge construction, assessment, and maintenance 
  • Work Environment 

Located in Nashville, TN.  Under the general supervision of Conservation Program Manager. This position is non- traditional and requires field work as well as frequent weekend and overnight travel. The work area will include all regions of Tennessee State Park Trails. 
This position will involve strenuous activities. This position will spend time in remote locations, may require camping out overnight or hiking in inclement weather. The position involves working with hand tools and advanced machinery generally found in trail maintenance including but not limited to; rigging equipment, chainsaws, brush saws, hand saws, loppers, and axes. The ability to lift up to forty five pounds and hike up to twelve miles a day on and off trail may be necessary. Must maintain pertinent certifications. 

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