Lead Trail Crew Member (Moab, UT)

March 24, 2024

Seasonal Lead Trail Crew Member (Division of Outdoor Recreation)
Opening date: January 15, 2024
Closing date: May 1, 2024
Salary: $20.00 per hour/ 40 hours a week
Per Diem: Available
Location: Moab, UT (Region 4)
Hours Per Week: 40
Time frame:  Early May-Late October
Positions available: 1
Housing: Available

The Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Outdoor Recreation, has a region-wide seasonal position (no benefits) available based in Moab, Utah. This appointment will be full time (40 hours per week) from approximately May 1 through Oct. 31, 2024.

Examples of Duties

This position encompasses leading a trail crew under the direction of the Region Trail Crew Foreman. These trails include OHV, single track motorized, non-motorized, and Wilderness areas. Duties may include, though are not limited to, the construction, repair, and maintenance of drainage structures; brushing and clearing of trail corridors, safe felling of trees, dry masonry, carpentry, and rigging; leading the trail crew in the process of building and repairing log, as well as dimensional wood structures, this may include multiple stringer bridges, retaining walls, handrails, steps, as well as causeways; capable of fence building techniques as well as OHV barrier construction; planning laying-out, and selecting proper tools and materials for assigned projects; and following the direction of the Foreman with regards to scheduling the operational needs of the crew for assignments. This position requires heavy physical labor, carrying objects up to 50 lbs., and rolling rocks and logs both by hand and with the use of hand and power with tools. This position requires working in the backcountry, carrying a backpack in rough terrain, OHV travel, and may require carrying a backpack while hiking up to twenty miles per day. Projects are in mountainous, desert, and riparian terrain. Project sites may be at high elevation. An understanding and experience with mechanized trail maintenance procedures will be recognized, (training can be provided)

Conditions of Employments

  • Must have at least three seasons of related trail maintenance and construction experience.
  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Appointment is subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication. You will be required to wear a uniform that complies with Utah DNR standards. A uniform will be provided.
  • You will be required to work away from home on occasion for multiple consecutive nights.
  • You will be required to complete training and demonstrate competent operation of a four-wheel drive vehicle and multiple types of OHV craft.
  • If selected for this position you will be required to operate a State Government motor vehicle as part of your official duties. A valid Utah driver’s license is required. You will be required to submit a Motor Vehicle Operator’s License and Driving Record.
  • Successful completion of S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws or equivalent (this training can be provided after hire).
  • CPR and Basic First Aid Training will be provided.
  • Preference is given to applicants with GPS and/or GIS training.
  • Applicants must be at least twenty-one (21) years old or above. You must have graduated from high school or been awarded a related vocational certificate. College graduates that meet or exceed the Conditions of Employment will be given preference.

Job Requirements and Skills

To qualify for this position, you must have sufficient knowledge and ability in the following job-related factors:

  1.  Ability to perform the work of a Lead Trail Crew Technician position without constant supervision. Tasks include: leading a trail crew in the construction, repair, and maintenance of drainage structures; brushing and clearing of trail corridors, safe felling of trees, dry masonry, carpentry, and rigging techniques; leading a trail crew in building and repairing log and dimensional wood structures including multiple stringer bridges, retaining walls, handrails, steps, and causeways; and planning, laying-out, and selecting proper tools and materials and scheduling the operational needs of a crew.
  2.  Must have the ability as well as the experience to set up, live, and work out of backcountry camps.  Applicant must possess the skill set and a concise resume that clearly presents an effective leader while supporting a trail crew in all types of inclement weather.
  3.  Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment.
  4.  Demonstrate understanding of technical trail practices.
  5.  Knowledge of material needs for project completion.
  6.  Ability to interpret instructions and specifications, including blueprints and technical diagrams.
  7.  Knowledge of equipment assembly, installation, and repair.

In preparing your application, describe in detail the experience and training which you have had that specifically prepared you for this job and to perform the duties described. Experience should be clearly described and documented in your resume. The qualifications reviewer will not assume performance of such duties by job titles alone. Address your knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in the areas shown in the job-related factors.

Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experiences, including volunteer experience.


Please send a resume to Mark Thornberry at mhthornberry@utah.gov 

For more information, please contact Mark Thornberry at mhthornberry@utah.gov.

DNR complies with the ADA.  Hearing-impaired employees who wish further information regarding this announcement may call the DNR TTY number at 801-538-7458. Disabled employees who desire reasonable accommodation in the interview process should contact the DNR Human Resource Office at 801-538-7210.