For Immediate Release: FAMB’s Flathead Trail Crew is Hiring!
Trail Crew Leader
Flathead Area Mountain Bikers is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and advance mountain biking opportunities in the Flathead Valley of Northwest Montana (Whitefish, Kalispell, Bigfork, and Columbia Falls). We provide free mountain bike programming to the community and organize volunteer trail work events. We also manage and maintain Spencer Trails in Whitefish and built the pump track in Whitefish’s Armory Park. 2020 was the first year of operations for our Flathead Trail Crew (FTC), a valley-wide trail maintenance and construction crew. The FTC’s 2021 work season was funded by generous contributions from the community in the 2020 Great Fish Community Challenge. FAMB’s projects and programs are led by an Executive Director, with trail projects being managed by a Trail Project Coordinator, all with the guidance of FAMB’s volunteer Board of Directors. FAMB is committed to diversity and inclusion in our hiring practices.
Reporting to FAMB’s Trail Project Coordinator, the FTC Trail Crew Leader (TCL) will plan and carry out trail maintenance and construction projects on state and federal lands as well as city and county parks in the Flathead Valley, on trails that FAMB has identified as high value to the mountain biking community. Identify and prioritize needed maintenance on each trail project. Perform trail maintenance both independently and as a team, including clearing downed trees, brush cutting, performing reroutes, drainage and tread work. Interface with land managers from the DNRC and US Forest Service and ensure crew adherence to land manager rules and regulations. Supervise crew work, set crew schedule and expectations, and review crew timesheets. Document work performed via photo and video using a personal mobile device, for use on FAMB social media, subscriber emails, and fundraising campaigns. Act as an ambassador for FAMB on the trail. Prioritize safety for the entire crew and for trail users.
Previous trails and chainsaw experience is required. Self-motivated; able to multi-task with excellent attention to detail; can perform successfully without constant supervision. The ability to collaborate with the entire crew to complete projects is key. Reliable transportation and driver’s license is required. Mileage will be reimbursed at the federal rate. Must be able perform strenuous physical work, lift 50 pounds, and be comfortable hiking with tools and heavy loads. Familiarity with bike-friendly trail design is a plus.
Minimum of Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification.
Minimum of USFS B (bucking) chainsaw certification.
Compensation and Schedule
Pay $16-$18/hour DOE. This is a part-time seasonal position. Scheduling is flexible, 30-50 hours / week, though the TCL must be able to work around any land manager scheduling needs.
Send resume and cover letter to Bryan Tremayne, FAMB’s Trail Project Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Position is open until filled.
Flathead Area Mountain Bikers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is working to promote mountain biking and improve trail access in the Flathead Valley.