Employment & Volunteer Opportunities
Trails Technician/Groomer Position Open! Applications due April 12th!
Trails Technician/Groomer Position Open:
Methow Trails is seeking a full-time, year round Trails Technician/Groomer to add to our talented team. This is an opportunity to aid Methow Trails in delivery of its mission, “We connect people, nature, and communities through a world-class trail system.”
Responsibilities include winter grooming, building and maintaining trails, mobilizing and maintaining trail equipment, coordinating volunteer trail projects, providing support for Methow Trails events and programs, and interacting positively with all users, partners, and landowners. The majority of the job is conducted in the field and in close coordination with our Trail Manager.
The ideal candidate is physically active, familiar with the trail system, likes interacting with our trail community, has previous trail winter grooming and summer maintenance experience, and enjoys working hard, often independently. Wage range is $17-$25 per hour DOE with excellent employer paid health and dental benefits.
Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 12th
Methow Trails employs a small year-round office staff and trail crew, and a larger seasonal staff of groomers in the winter. Our staff are all avid and passionate trail users who love the Methow Valley and are lucky enough to get to work where we play. We are all guided in our work by the mission of Methow Trails: we connect people, nature, and communities through a world-class trail system.
GROOMER (no current positions open but if you have experience and interest let us know)
This is a seasonal, full time position during the winter season, with some part time schedules available as well. Groomers are the backbone of our organization and work to create the perfect trail product we strive for on a daily basis. The ideal candidate has light and/or heavy machinery experience, experience in the snow or grooming industry, is an avid trail user familiar with our trail system, and has good communication skills with a keen eye for details. Groomers must be comfortable working independently within a close community of groomers and staff. Availability to work nights, weekends, and holidays is important. Applicants resume and cover letters are accepted on a rolling basis year-round for a winter season that runs December 1-April 1.
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and resume to Executive Director, James DeSalvo.
TRAIL CREW VOLUNTEERS
Want to help keep our trails in tip-top shape? Join our Third Thursday Trail Crew! We run monthly work parties (usually the Third Thursday morning of every month) from April-November, as well as occasional weekend work parties. Work parties usually include a variety of tasks including thinning, brushing, constructing new trail, or improving trailhead amenities. There is something for everyone! No experience is necessary and we have all the tools. Volunteering with Methow Trails is a great way to get to know the organization and help support the trails!
Interested volunteers should send us an email and we will add you to our email list to be notified of all work parties.
Want to get even more involved with your local trails? Join our Service Program and become an Ambassador! Ambassadors represent Methow Trails at events, winter trailheads and out on our extensive network of trails. To join the Service Program, prospective ambassadors must meet the following criteria:
- Be a full time Methow Valley resident
- Be 18 or older
- Become a member of Methow Trails and pay the $50 membership fee
- Participate in the annual training
- Devote at least 20 hours per year to volunteering at trailheads and/or events. We request a 3-year commitment.
- Be friendly, flexible, and dependable
- Be generally knowledgeable enough to encourage trail user investment in our organization through trail pass sales (winter), educate the general public about our role in the community, and have a firm understanding of on-trail conditions, use and etiquette.
Ambassadors who meet the above requirements will receive an annual pass in exchange for their service.
Interested community members who meet the above criteria should contact our Partnership Manager to request an application.