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Employment with the Telluride Mountain Club

The Telluride Mountain Club (TMtC) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve as a community catalyst for sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities. As an organization, we envision a thriving, diverse outdoor community made possible through collaboration, education, responsive action and equitable access.

Open Positions:

Trails Maintenance Specialists

The Telluride Mountain Club (TMtC) is now hiring Trails Maintenance Specialists. With several major projects on the horizon, TMtC is looking to expand our team to meet increasing demands. We currently seek a dedicated small team to help us maintain our local and regional trails professionally and efficiently.

This is an on-call position with hours varying based on trail maintenance needs throughout the season (April – October). It is not intended to be part-time or full-time, but rather an hourly role in an as-needed capacity.

Please note that there is no official timeline for hiring this position. Interviews, assessments, and training will be scheduled based on the skills, experience, and availability of potential staff.

Candidates can apply for this position by completing the Trails Maintenance Specialist Application.

Click here or see below to read the full job description:

Job Title: Trail Maintenance Specialist

Job Summary: The Telluride Mountain Club is searching for qualified, reliable on-call Trail Maintenance Specialists to help with as-needed trail work including tree cutting, brush clearing, tread work and general maintenance. 

This is an on-call position. Hours will vary depending on trail maintenance needs throughout the course of the season. This is not intended to be a part-time or full-time position, it is simply hourly in an as-needed capacity.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Respond promptly to on-call trail maintenance requests to clear and repair trails, ensuring they are safe and usable for all trail users (ex: removing fallen trees off trails). 
  • Inspect and repair trails based on information provided by TMtC staff and public observations to identify areas needing maintenance or improvement.
  • Assess trail conditions and determine the necessary tools, equipment, and resources required for maintenance tasks.
  • Perform routine maintenance tasks such as clearing brush, removing debris, repairing erosion, and addressing other trail wear and tear issues.
  • Utilize hand tools, chainsaws, and other equipment to perform maintenance tasks efficiently and safely.
  • Communicate with TMtC staff to report on trail conditions, maintenance activities, and any issues encountered during fieldwork.
  • Adhere to all safety protocols and guidelines while performing trail maintenance tasks to ensure personal safety and the safety of others.
  • Participate in USFS Sawyer Certification course and demonstrate proficiency in chainsaw skills before entering the field.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Required
    • Experience using hand tools, chainsaws, and maintenance equipment.
    • Comfortable on a mountain bike. 
    • Ability to perform physically demanding tasks, including lifting heavy objects, hiking/biking long distances, and working in various weather conditions.
    • Ability to read and interpret trail maps and work plans.
    • Ability to assess trail conditions and determine the appropriate maintenance or repair methods.
    • Strong time management skills to prioritize tasks and complete projects efficiently.
    • Strong understanding of safety protocols and practices related to trail maintenance.
    • Commitment to maintaining a safe work environment for oneself and others.
  • Preferred: 
    • Previous experience in trail maintenance, landscaping, construction, or a related field.
    • Chainsaw certification (e.g., USFS Sawyer Certification) or willingness to obtain certification.
    • First aid certification.
    • Knowledge of trail construction and maintenance techniques, including erosion control, drainage installation, and trail surface repair.

Location

All work is located in the greater Telluride region. Trailheads are generally no more than a 20-minute drive from the town of Telluride.      Potential staff should have a reliable vehicle for transportation to and from trailheads.

Compensation and Benefits

  • This position is paid hourly. Pay range is $30-$45/hour depending on experience.
  • Continuing education opportunities available on a case-by-case basis.
  • Paid USFS Sawyer Certification training.
  • Access to TMtC pro-deals. 

Work Environment

The work environment for the Trail Maintenance Specialist role is dynamic and physically demanding, predominantly conducted outdoors. This role involves frequent hiking and/or biking on uneven terrain, exposure to various weather conditions, and the use of hand and power tools to perform maintenance tasks. Safety protocols are paramount. Flexibility in work hours, including weekends and occasional evenings, is necessary to accommodate project needs and respond to on-call maintenance requirements. Overall, this role requires a strong level of physical fitness and commitment to environmental stewardship to ensure the safe and effective maintenance of trails for the community’s enjoyment.

Equal Opportunity Statement

The Telluride Mountain Club (TMtC) is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. TMtC prohibits discrimination and harassment based on any of these characteristics and encourages all qualified individuals to apply for employment opportunities with our organization.

Application Process

All interested applicants should fill out the provided application form. Select applicants will be invited to attend a 3-hour trail maintenance session with our Trails Director, Jordan, to assess skills and capabilities. Those who are determined to be fit for the job after the maintenance session will undergo additional training provided by TMtC and obtain USFS Sawyer Certification before starting the job.

*All interested applicants should apply via the below form.

Trails Maintenance Specialist Application

Questions about this position can be sent to our Operations Director, Sophie, at sophie@telluridemountainclub.org.

OUR MISSION

Telluride Mountain Club advocates for safe, accessible, enjoyable and respectful opportunities for human-powered recreational activities in the Telluride region, through education, awareness and collaboration.

Telluride Mountain Club is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.