Trail Manager

Trail Manager

Website nature_center Indian Creek Nature Center


REPORTS TO: Land Stewardship Director
SUPERVISES: Trail and land staff
HOURS OF POSITION: 40+ hours/week including regular weekend and evening hours.
STATUS: Full Time, Salaried
DATE REVISED:  October 2021

GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION: Manages ecosystems through the implementation of sound conservation practices and principles. Plans and initiates maintenance of campus, trails, and outdoor spaces in a safe, aesthetic, and user-friendly manner. Plans and leads the development of new trails and upkeep of ICNC trail map. Performs general facility and land maintenance and upkeep. Supervises volunteers and seasonal employees.


  • Leads the planning, development, and creation of new trails as appropriate. Ensures a top notch experience is available for trail users that includes trails of multiple ability levels and through a variety of ecosystems.
  • Plans and executes ecosystem maintenance, including conducting controlled burns, removal of invasive species, tree planting and clearing, and implementing other general ecological improvement methods.
  • Leads the regular outdoor maintenance to ensure trails are maintained at a high standard: leads a team to ensure the following tasks are completed on trails: mowing and weed whacking; debris removal; and maintenance of trails to limit erosion, environmental impact, and user safety.
  • Manages tree removal and clean-ip using appropriate and safe chainsaw methods, including felling, chopping, grubbing, and trimming.
  • Ensures that an up-to-date trail map is maintained at all times. Works with appropriate individuals to ensure that the map is visually appealing and adequately conveys the user experience for guests.
  • Coordinates or performs general maintenance for all outdoor spaces, including mowing/trimming, snow removal, debris clean-up as appropriate.
  • Assists in the maintenance of buildings and facilities as needed, including general upkeep and repair. Maintains facilities and work areas in a clean and orderly manner.  Ensures grounds and facilities are secured as needed.
  • Leads and oversees the annual maple syrup harvest, including tapping, collection, and production. Manages volunteers to assist in this process.
  • Safely and efficiently carries out all duties. Uses all safety equipment and identifies risks as needed to improve safety.
  • Supervises and works with land staff and individual volunteers and groups on land restoration and similar projects, including planting, tree clearing, seed harvesting, and other duties.
  • Assists with coordinating and facilitating special events as directed.  
  • Develops, manages, and reviews budgets for all assigned areas. Meets targets for both income and expenses.
  • Maintains equipment in good working order and ensures cleanliness and safe operation.
  • Serves as Nature Center representative in community forums as requested.
  • Perform other duties as directed.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES: Belief in the Nature Center’s mission and a healthy appreciation for the outdoors. Must possess knowledge of conservation principles, practices, and trends and have a thorough understanding of regional ecology, including prairie and woodland management. Must have knowledge of skills and ability to safely operate equipment and tools, including, but not limited to, chainsaws, mowers, tractors, track/skid loaders, and hand and power tools.  Must have experience using chainsaws, including felling trees. Adept at identifying and solving problems and reacting quickly.  Good oral and written communication skills and ability to share and teach information. Energetic, professional demeanor, positive attitude and motivation. Ability to manage projects of varying scales.  Experience in volunteer management, preferred. Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds unassisted.  Ability to be outdoors in good and inclement weather. 

GENERAL PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES: Constant (67-100%) outdoor, physical work in a variety of weather conditions. Constant (67-100%) walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching, climbing, balancing, pushing and pulling.  Constant (67-100%) reaching, standing, grasping, finger dexterity.  Constant (67-100%) talking and listening to people in person or over the telephone.  Occasionally (34-66%) viewing computer screens and other types of close visual work.  Occasionally (34-66%) lifting and carrying 50 pounds. Occasionally (34-66%) operating mechanical machinery including climbing to mount equipment, pushing, pulling, and grasping with hands and fingers, using feet and legs to push pedals, and ability to react quickly. May occasionally (10-33%) be required to travel off-site to complete duties.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree or higher in conservation, natural resources, biology, parks, outdoor management, or a related field. Two years of work experience in a related field required. In lieu of a bachelor’s degree, eight years experience in conservation, natural resources, biology, parks, outdoor management, or a related field. Certified, or ability to get certified, in these wildland firefighting courses: Iowa DNR Course Numbers S-130, S-190, and S110 or the equivalent. Must provide proof of coverage and maintain personal automobile insurance coverage, including liability. 

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