Across the Board Part 2: Trail Maintenance Coordinator

Look at the calendar on our website and you’ll see that we do mostly just two things–hiking and trail maintenance.

In our brochure you’ll also find trail maintenance and it takes equal space with guided hikes.

It wasn’t always this way.

For decades, Trail Maintenance was a closed shop. The trail was divided up among four crews, who looked after it for the whole of each season. The crews managed their own schedules and brought in volunteers as needed.

That was fine until key crew members started retiring. For a few years, trail maintenance coordination struggled to find a way to keep the system going. Finally, after some “wandering in the wilderness”, the board was thrilled to be joined by Karen Bell and her big-picture way of thinking.

Karen changed our approach to trail maintenance by making it an activity that is open to any person who wants to participate—no commitment required and no person ignored. She also instituted a proper celebration of each work party by treating the volunteers to coffee afterward.

As a result, our work parties attract a large group of volunteers ranging from very new to very experienced. Many people make it a regular part of their week. And in between work parties, volunteers are maintaining mowers, building stiles, and sharpening tools in the comfort of our rented garage/workshop in the Ritchie neighborhood.

The Duties of the Trail Maintenance Coordinator

  • Before the season starts, contribute to the hike schedule and create a work schedule based on the hikes.
  • During the season,
    • Maintain the trail maintenance schedule on the website and keep volunteers informed.
    • Notify landowners as per the Trail Maintenance manual, and liaison as necessary for issues and changes such as re-routes.
    • Coordinate equipment maintenance and purchases with volunteers and get board approval for large purchases.
    • Coordinate work parties: arrange equipment and transportation with volunteers, provide orientation for safety and trail standards, coordinate job assignments, buy everyone coffee at WTA expense afterwards.
    • Work with the Permissions committee on landowner and trail changes.
  • At the end of the season, review the current year’s costs and prepare an estimate for the next year’s Trail Maintenance budget. Sum up the season at the AGM.
  • Report to board meetings

Requirements

  • To be available for most of the trail maintenance season, April to October.
  • To be able to attend most board meetings.

Come for a Visit

Why not visit the next board meeting on October 12? It’s the best way to find out what we’re all about.

If you have any questions about the duties of the Trail Maintenance Coordinator, Karen will be happy to talk to you.

Next time, we’ll look at Hike Coordinator.

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