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Youth Trail Program Assistant

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Washington Trails Association
705 2nd Ave Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98104
United States
Phone: 206-625-1367

Washington Trails Association is seeking an individual who loves working with youth volunteers and leading them in building and maintaining trails and inspiring the next generation of young leaders. The Youth Trail Program Assistant is a temporary position based in the Puget Sound area. This is a largely field-based position, but will have significant office-based duties as well. The position’s primary responsibility is leading youth volunteer trail maintenance work parties. The position reports to the Youth Programs Coordinator.

Washington Trails Association preserves, enhances, and promotes hiking opportunities in Washington state. We are committed to leaving a rich legacy of trails and wild lands for future generations to enjoy. We value stewardship and volunteerism; cooperation and partnership; community and inclusion.
WTA has built one of the most successful volunteer trail maintenance programs in the nation using a proven formula of "be safe, have fun, and get good work done." WTA leads more than 130,000 hours of volunteer service annually to maintain, repair, and build trails across the state. One quarter of WTA’s volunteers are youth under the age of 18.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Managing youth volunteer work crews
• Lead or assist in leading up to four day-long work parties a week in spring, summer and fall
• On work party days, arrive at the trailhead with tools, refreshments, and work plan
• Safely motivate and lead a crew of volunteers of diverse ages and backgrounds
• Calmly manage emergency situations on work parties, following WTA’s emergency response protocols
• May be assigned to crew lead week-long Youth Volunteer Vacations in summer months

Ensuring technical aspects of work is to standards
• Coordinate trail project and plans with the Youth Programs Coordinator, trail maintenance staff and land manager as appropriate
• Facilitate various trail projects to completion including annual maintenance, repairs, and new trail construction. Projects include tread construction; drainage structures; and construction of steps, turnpike, puncheon and retaining walls

Documenting work parties
• Ensure safety talk is delivered to volunteers and documented
• Prepare and submit summary report of each work party in a timely manner
• Maintain and submit Sign-in and Liability Release for volunteers in a timely manner
• Report all incidents affecting the safety, health, and well-being of volunteers
• Provide digital photo documentation of project progress and volunteer engagement

Outreach events
• Assist with editing Youth Program outreach materials
• Attend outreach events at schools, events and community organizations to spread the word about WTA’s youth opportunities
• Assist Youth Programs Coordinator in providing new community partners an “orientation to trail work” presentation as needed

Other duties
• Assist with facilitation of the 2015-16 Youth Ambassador Program including helping to organize a spring get-together and tracking Ambassador projects and progress
• Assist Youth Programs Coordinator in processing volunteer applications for summer Youth Volunteer Vacations
• Assist with logistics for spring and summer field staff trainings
• Provide content and photos for blogs, social media updates, magazine articles and other communications as needed
• Attend staff meetings and/or team meetings as appropriate
• Assist in planning and recruiting for, and facilitating activities at, the Youth Ambassador Summit in November 2016

The Youth Trail Program Assistant is a temporary position starting in early February 2016 and continuing through mid-November 2016. Scheduled hours will vary week-to-week and over the term of employment. Scheduled hours will be around 20 hours a week through March, then increase to full-time through August, and return to 20-30 hours per week in the fall. As a general rule, youth volunteer work parties will occur on most Saturdays and Sundays with occasional additional mid-week work parties. Outreach events may occur mid-week and on weekends. The Youth Ambassador Summit will be over a weekend in mid-November.

Required Qualifications:
• Demonstrated experience working with youth in an outdoor setting
• Must have strong interpersonal skills to ensure a fun, safe, and quality volunteer experience
• Cultural competency experience and demonstrated ability to work with people of diverse races, ages, genders, abilities, and economic backgrounds
• Able to work independently (plan, prioritize and organize workload) while valuing team work and contributing to a supportive work environment.
• Demonstrated skills in trail maintenance and building
• Available to work most weekends throughout the spring and summer months
• Willingness to work in a variety of outdoor locations and weather conditions
• Must be available from early February through mid-November
• Ability to remain calm and manage emergency situations
• Commitment to WTA goals and mission.
• WFA or WFR certification and CPR certification valid through the duration of employment.
• Valid driver’s license
• Reliable vehicle (WTA provides mileage reimbursement)

Compensation starts at $15.50/hour for day trips, outreach and office duties. Compensation for leading Youth Volunteer Vacations starts at $1,075 per trip. Benefits include paid sick leave and retirement plan.

To Apply:
Email a resume, a brief cover letter describing your experience, qualifications, availability, and at least two references, to [email protected]; reference the job title “Youth Trail Program Assistant” in the subject line. Applications accepted until January 4, 2016. Finalists must pass a Washington State background check.

Washington Trails Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, creed, gender identity, marital status, military status, national origin, parental status, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Washington Trails Association
705 2nd Ave Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98104
United States
Phone: 206-625-1367