Performs all aspects of trail maintenance and construction as assigned by the trails supervisor (or designee) including: clearing brush and debris, repairing trail structures, building new trails, rehabilitating old trails, restoring habitat on abandoned trails, removing litter and invasive plants.
NPS certification required for power tools. Hand tools such as shovels, picks, rakes, axes, saws, loppers, chisels, sledgehammers, single jacks, rock bars, draw knives, measuring tapes, levels, squares, scribes, and rock drills may be used.
Follow prescribed NPS standards for operation and safety.
Assist park staff in maintaining tools and equipment in safe operating condition.
Use standard safety equipment such as hard hats, gloves, ear protectors, safety glasses, and sturdy boots as required to avoid possible hazards and serious injuries.
Assist other park crews and/or projects on an irregular basis.
Performing work in a beautiful national park essential to maintaining the long term health of the park's resources.
Positive interactions with visitors and fellow staff.
Opportunities to expand personal knowledge of the Buffalo River.
Goal / Outcome of Job
Enhance park visitors’ experiences while in the park by maintaining and building the trail system.
Knowledge/Skills Desired and/or Required
Ability to learn and perform trails maintenance and construction.
Ability to safely use the heavy hand tools associated with trails maintenance and construction.
Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
Trail work is hard, physical labor working with hand tools and getting dirty is guaranteed.
Routinely lifts, pushes, pulls, and carries items weighing 25 pounds, and up to 50 pounds (or more) with assistance.
Work is performed outdoors resulting in exposure to a variety of weather conditions.
Work involves the possibility of experiencing exposure to poisonous plants, bruises, muscle strains, cuts and scrapes, sunburn, and insect bites.
Training provided as needed as determined by the supervisor.
The volunteer will be required to follow the policies detailed in the Buffalo NR Volunteer Handbook.