The Green Mountain Club
  • 15-Mar-2022 to Until Filled (EST)
  • Field Programs
  • VT, USA
  • 800 / week
  • Other
  • Seasonal

403(b) matching, prodeal gear discounts, housing and food provided for 6-8 weeks.

The Volunteer Program Field Supervisor position is comprised of two roles. 1) During spring and fall, the Volunteer Program Field Supervisor works with the Volunteer Program Coordinator in supporting Green Mountain Club's extensive volunteer program through engagement, training, project planning, and on-the-ground project leadership. Spring work also includes preparation for the Volunteer Long Trail Crew season. 2) For 6-8 weeks from Late June-Early August, this position takes on the role of crew lead for our 4-8-person Volunteer Long Trail Crew, leading a group of volunteers on trail work projects in southern VT, along with an Assistant Lead.

Volunteer Long Trail Crew Leading

The Volunteer Long Trail Crew program is the link between GMC's professional field program and the thousands of volunteers who are the heart and soul of our history and stewardship. Based out of Southern Vermont, this volunteer trail crew consist of 4-8 rotating volunteers led by two GMC staff. In 2022 the Volunteer Program Supervisor should expect to spend the weeks of June 23rd - August 9th leading the Volunteer Long Trail Crew. During this time, they will have Tuesday-Wednesdays off, and have use of our off-days staff housing in Danby, VT.

Volunteer crews work on the Long Trail/Appalachia n Trail on projects such as building puncheon, turnpikes, water bars, and digging tread. Most VLTC projects are in the Green Mountain National Forest, some in federally designated Wilderness areas.

The Volunteer Program Supervisor works closely with the Trail Crew Field Supervisor, Field Coordinator, and agency partners to scout and plan work projects before volunteers arrive and to handle project logistics throughout the work season.

The VPFS and Assistant Lead guide and instruct the crew through a full work week. This includes packing into a work site, setting up camp, completing a multi-day trail project, cooperating on camp chores, and packing out. The VPFS and Assistant Leads must be a unified team to ensure an enjoyable season for the volunteers as well as an efficient project timeline.

VLTC crews spend five days and four nights in the field in most weather. They may work with rock, lumber, and native timber. Friday through Monday nights crews camp near their work sites and share a communal camp kitchen, as well as camp chores. The VPFS and Assistant Crew Leader are responsible for managing the crew's meal budget, planning crew meals, shopping for crew groceries, and orienting volunteers to the project and GMC. On-hitch food is provided while leading the VLTC.

Volunteer Training and Support

When not leading the Volunteer Long Trail Crew, the VPFS Leads will work with GMC's Volunteer and Education Coordinator to provide training and support to the many volunteers who maintain the Long Trail system. This may include the GMC's fourteen regional sections, 234 trail and shelter adopters, as well as organized volunteer groups from high schools, colleges and universities, and businesses. The VPFS may conduct trail work trainings for GMC's volunteers and assist on large trail maintenance and construction projects. This work will take place throughout the Green Mountains and will primarily involve day trips to work sites but may involve multi-night stays in the field as well.

Outside of the VLTC season, the VPFS will work Monday-Friday with occasional weekend work required.

2022 Position Dates: Start ASAP, no later than May 2nd. Season running up to 40 weeks. (Some flexibility in both dates).

Schedule: VLTC Season: Thursday-Monday, camping in field. Rest of Season: Monday-Friday, frontcountry based, camping in field when necessary.

Compensation: $800/week, 403(b) employer matching, opportunities for trainings/certifications (such as Wilderness First Aid, chainsaw, crosscut saw and axe...)

Meals provided during work week while leading VLTC.

The Volunteer Program Supervisor is responsible for providing their own personal camping gear. The GMC provides crew vehicles, tools, personal protective equipment, and some group equipment (stove, fuel, cook-ware, first-aid supplies). GMC also has some backpacking gear for volunteers and staff to borrow.

Housing: Outside of the VLTC season, the VPFS is responsible for finding their own housing within commuting distance of Waterbury Center, VT. GMC will assist with this housing search.

While leading VLTC the VPFS will have use of GMC staff housing in Danby, VT. Because the VPFS will not have regular use of their personal housing during this time, GMC will subsidize their housing during that period at a rate of $125/week.

Supervisor: Volunteer Coordinator, Field Coordinator

Volunteer Program Field Supervisor Responsibilities:

  • Lead trainings on trail and shelter maintenance for GMC's adopter program and section volunteers.
  • Assist GMC's volunteer sections with their spring walk-throughs and planned maintenance trips.
  • Coordinate volunteer delivery of bark mulch to composting privies.
  • Act as a link between various branches of GMC's volunteer programs and GMC's field staff.
  • Lead rotating crew of 4-8 volunteers on trail construction and maintenance projects.
  • Scout VLTC work projects with Trail Crew Field Supervisor, Field Coordinator, and VLTC Assistant Crew Leader before crew season begins.
  • Co-lead Long Trail Crew staff training with Field Supervisors and LTC Crew Leaders.
  • Plan crew meals and meal budget in collaboration with Assistant Crew Leader.
  • Purchase groceries throughout season and keep orderly food storage system at Mt. Tabor.
  • Set weekly work schedules to efficiently complete project goals in collaboration with Assistant Crew Leader.
  • Complete weekly work logs and formal End of Season work summary.
  • Oversee weekly cleaning and maintenance of project tools and camp supplies.
  • Develop and foster healthy working relationships with and between all members of crew.
  • Maintain high standards of work and safety in a range of weather conditions.
  • Instruct volunteers in trail-building and maintenance techniques and safe use of tools.
  • Instruct crew volunteers in backcountry safety and outdoor living skills.
  • Involve all crew volunteers in camp chores as equally as possible.
  • Implement and model Leave No Trace practices at project work site and at camp.
  • Responsible for maintaining a clean, safe, and operational tool storage facility at Mt. Tabor Work Center.
  • Ensure safe and responsible operation of GMC vehicles and conduct weekly vehicle checks.
  • Keep volunteer paperwork organized and confidential.
  • Act as GMC on-site liaison with agency partners, including the US Forest Service and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Volunteer Program Supervisor Qualifications:

  • Valid Driver's License required
  • Wilderness First Aid certification required (class available free-of-charge during training); WFR preferred (re-certification available free-of-charge during training)
  • Extensive trail building and maintenance skills
  • Extensive experience with trail building tools and basic power tools
  • Experience in outdoor leadership positions, preferably trail crew leadership
  • Experience working directly with volunteers, especially supervisory experience
  • Experience working with agency and project partners
  • Strong backcountry living skills, including cooking and waste management
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to maintain positive attitude in high-stress situations
  • Ability to problem-solve independently and collaboratively in the backcountry
  • Ability to adhere to weekly work schedules and flexibility to adjust schedules as required by project developments
  • Ability to perform difficult manual labor and to carry heavy loads as a regular part of the workday
  • Must be available to work all weekends for duration of VLTC season (exceptions may be allowed by request).

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