Hood/Gorge Stewardship Coordinator

Trailkeepers of Oregon

Trailkeepers of Oregon is seeking an individual to grow and support a diverse volunteer base that supports Oregon’s Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood regions. We seek a candidate who can promote stewardship in the region, working with land managers and leading volunteers in protecting and enhancing hiking trails and visitor experiences.

The Hood/Gorge Stewardship Coordinator will implement a high quality trail maintenance and stewardship program in the region. While the position will assist in projects statewide from time to time, trail stewardship activities will focus primarily on trail systems within the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood National Forest and surrounding areas.

The TKO Hood/Gorge Stewardship Coordinator is a new position, limited through December 2021. The position has the potential to become permanent as additional funding opportunities may allow the successful candidate to continue beyond the term. We are seeking a candidate who can be based somewhere between Portland and the Hood/Gorge region. The position would have desk space at the TKO Portland office and a flexible workspace/schedule, allowing work from home and reporting directly to the field.

Essential Functions
1. Coordinate and lead volunteers in trail stewardship and ambassador activities to be safe, fun and welcoming for anyone to participate.

2. Guide and train volunteer leaders to build capacity for trail work and ambassador activities in the Columbia Gorge, Mt. Hood, and other trail systems in the surrounding area.

3. Support the TKO leadership staff and land manager partners in assessing and prioritizing current trail development and maintenance needs appropriate for volunteer crew work.

General Responsibilities
Lead Regular Stewardship Events – 70%
● Lead in-person and virtual trail stewardship events 2-4 times per week.
● Oversee TKO interns on trail projects, maintenance priorities and ambassador stations.
● Ensure effective maintenance and management of tools and related equipment/supplies.
● Lead volunteer training for trail building skills, crew leadership and ambassadors to establish a viable program to recruit, train, develop and support new crew leaders and lead ambassadors.
● Work with the TKO staff and land managers in identifying and scoping potential work including: developing sustainable trail layout, structure design and maintenance plans.
● Contingencies for in-person activities that may be restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic may shift to virtual engagements as feasible.

Community Outreach Activities – 20%
● Recruit volunteers for stewardship events and other projects.
● Coordinate events and opportunities that encourage TKO members, volunteers, and the hiking
community to engage in TKO programs in-person and virtually.
● Conduct outreach efforts to local businesses, trail clubs, and other like-minded organizations.
● Coordinate outreach with partners and land managers, hosting tables and doing presentations at
special events in the local and regional area.

Administrative – 10%
● Meet weekly with TKO staff leadership – mainly virtual meetings, in-person from time to time.
● Maintain event registration and social media presence – posting events and generating storytelling content for stewardship activities and training.
● Maintain project and volunteer reporting to submit to TKO staff and land managers.

Desired Qualifications:
● Demonstrated ability to work with people of diverse races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, and economic backgrounds.
● Passion for TKO’s mission, vision and values for Oregon’s special outdoor places.
● Experience recruiting, training, and leading volunteers.
● Skills in trail maintenance and stewardship activities.
● Strong interpersonal skills and desire to ensure a fun, safe, and quality volunteer experience.
● Ability to work independently to plan, prioritize, and organize workload.
● Strong communication skills (written and oral) and a competency to host virtual events.
● Reliable vehicle with valid driver’s license (TKO provides mileage reimbursement) and use of a personal computer.

Full Time