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Trails Manager

Great Parks
10245 Winton Rd.
Cincinnati OH 45231

Job Type: ,
Compensation: $29.14 - $36.43 / Hour
Posted Date: 05/08/2024
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Trails Manager

Job Description

Great Parks are hiring for the position of Trails Manager. This position is responsible for overseeing the maintenance of approximately 54 miles of existing natural surface trails and adjacent resources and designing and coordinating the construction of new trail concepts.

This work involves leading staff and volunteers, collaborating with partner organizations, and overseeing contractors to create new opportunities to connect people with nature in sustainable and innovative ways.

This role performs project management, mapping, budgeting, and regular assessment of trail conditions and infrastructure.


Job Responsibilities

  • Maintain responsibility for employee safety, equipment care, and preventative maintenance.
  • Analyze and evaluate staff and equipment effectiveness against standards. Provide performance feedback.
  • Ensure consistent maintenance standards for financial and operational efficiency. Manage inspections, repairs, and site conditions.
  • Train staff and volunteers on trail maintenance guidelines and standards. Identify training needs and certifications.
  • Review and maintain Trail Design Standards for natural surface trails. Establish sustainable maintenance strategies.
  • Ensure compliance with Natural Resource Management Plan, laws, regulations, and procedures.
  • Develop annual budget, analyze financial data, and control expenditures within guidelines.
  • Manage trail team purchasing cards and reports.
  • Prepare trail development, repair, reroute, and decommission recommendations.
  • Identify locations, develop plans, and initiate environmental reviews for trail projects.
  • Collaborate on site-specific designs for infrastructure like bridges and boardwalks.
  • Manage trail inventory database and Geographic Information Software.
  • Facilitate record-keeping of trail data, expenditures, supplies, and documentation.
  • Assist with project management, grant applications, budgeting, communication, and reports.
  • Build alliances with organizations and stakeholders on trial efforts. Facilitate public outreach.
  • Serve as primary contact for non-paved trail users and advisory groups.
  • Oversee and manage trail-related agreements.
  • Adhere to Great Parks’ policies, procedures, and performance expectations.
  • Maintain confidentiality.



An appropriate combination of education, training, coursework, and experience may qualify an applicant to demonstrate the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. An example of an acceptable qualification is:

  • An associate degree and five years of experience in trail construction or natural resources project management are required. A bachelor’s degree in natural resource management or a related field, with three years of experience in trail construction or natural resources project management, is preferred.
  • Knowledge of sustainable natural surface trail planning, design, and construction best practices.
  • Knowledge of common trail standards, condition surveys, and various trail activities, including hiking, cycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, and general trail maintenance.
  • Knowledge of land conservation practices and familiarity with federal, state, and local agencies regulations governing pathways and trails and governmental processes; natural history, grounds maintenance, and natural resource management techniques.
  • Strong supervisory skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • 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.


Additional Requirements

  • State Motor Vehicle Operator’s License that meets GPHC’s current carrier guidelines.
  • First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Wilderness First Aid within two years of employment are required.
  • Pesticide Application license within one year of hire.



We offer an excellent benefits 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.


Application Process

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.


About the Organization

At Great Parks, our team members work together to preserve and protect natural resources and provide outdoor recreation and education to enhance the quality of life for present and future generations. 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.


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