Job Type: Permanent
Salary Details: $5,412 – $6,787/mo
Deadline: Aug 28, 2023
Schedule: Monday -Friday 7:30-3:30 with some flexibility. Also events or meetings may occur outside of normal hours as they arise. 

About the job:

Our Trail Supervisor manages trail construction and maintenance projects, performs technical functions, and coordinates in-house crew and contractors for trail work including, but not limited to, both urban hard and soft surface trail designed for multiple user types. The Trail Supervisor works with the Natural Resources and Trails (NRT) Manager and the Trail Coordinator to assess maintenance needs and prioritizes projects and crew time. The Trail Supervisor is responsible for managing and overseeing the district’s trail system and understanding easements with the various stakeholders involved. Additionally, the Trails Supervisor collaborates with the Natural Resource Supervisor for special projects and duties as assigned.

A day in the life:

The information provided below encompasses the typical duties and capabilities linked with this classification. Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Plans specialized projects per program goals for planning, scheduling, and completing trail projects and work for the District’s trail system. Plans and oversees the work of district trail staff and contractors on trail system maintenance, new construction, and trail renovation or updates. 
  • Works collaboratively on planning and execution of new trail construction. 
  • Supervises and leads a crew of park maintenance personnel; coordinates hiring, evaluations, and performance management; assigns and delegates work of employees; and oversees employee and contractor project schedules. Participates and supervises the crew, in collaboration with the Trail Coordinator, while trail work is in progress; provides guidance and facilitates training procedures and technique as needed for project quality and standards as well as employee development and professional growth. 
  • Is responsible for assessing and prioritizing the District’s trail and asset maintenance needs; planning for routine maintenance, condition assessments and schedules work. The Supervisor ensures quality work is accomplished on time.
  • Ensures worker and site safety; addresses and resolves safety concerns that may arise.
  • Works together with the NRT Manager and BPRD Planning & Development staff in the development of plans and specifications for construction and renovation projects and selection of various components and materials. Helps to identify key issues, challenges, and opportunities for trail management of existing and new BPRD trails. Assists in developing division budget; supervises contracts; allocates resources; utilizes best practices and technology (e.g., GIS) for project and maintenance needs. Researches products and expenditures that are fiscally responsible.
  • Design and implement spatial projects for trails division such as maintenance and trail inspections, trail alignments, property boundaries, and best practices and locations for trail infrastructure (e.g., sign sand kiosks). Ensure data standards and objectives for project and long-term data stewardship for BPRD use. 
  • Oversees trail counter program, mounting systems, and installation locations. Identifies questions, objectives, and trends through collected trail counter data. Creates reports using data visuals and information for program use. Ensures QA/QC and data collection workflows for consistency and accuracy. Manages datasets for sharing to BPRD staff and partners such as the City of Bend.
  • Work together with BPRD NRT Manager and Coordinator on designs and presentation of findings to Board Meetings as needed. 
  • Works with BPRD NRT Manager on curation and accuracy of trails spatial data for BPRD staff use.
  • Work collaboratively with both BPRD NRT Manager and Planning to, researching and implementing sign packages that follow BPRD standards, literature best practices, and accessible principles at and around appropriate trail and trail asset locations; provide feedback and recommendations for new trail design and landscape location as well as updates, restoration, and maintenance for determined rerouted trails.
  • Work cross-functionally with staff to understand work order system (e.g., Maintenance Connection) data requirements ensuring accuracy and relevance. Ensure trail division data protocols and workflows are implemented. 
  • Maintains regular and punctual attendance. Contributes to a positive and constructive work environment. Performs other job duties as assigned. Reports child abuse and suspected child abuse as a mandatory reporter under Oregon law.


Strong Knowledge:

  • Principles, practices and methods used in trail planning, construction, best practices, and trail corridor forestry and weed management.
  • Principles and practices of trail maintenance management;
  • Supervisory principles, practices and techniques;
  • Project management techniques and methods;
  • Principles and practices of customer service;
  • Principles, practices and methods of trail maintenance administration;
  • Occupational hazards and related safety precautions and practices; and
  • Maintenance and safe operation of powered equipment and hand tools. 

Skill and Ability:

  • Effectively communicate with others verbally and in writing, including by phone, e-mail, or in person;
  • Strong planning, organizational, leadership and interpersonal skills;
  • Effectively supervise a diverse crew;
  • Correctly calculate and apply mathematical formulas;
  • Operate global positioning system unit and familiar with GIS-based apps; 
  • Effectively supervise and motivate staff, including plan and direct activities of subordinate employees;
  • Exercise initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities;
  • Train trail program personnel;
  • Determine appropriate materials and supplies required for work assignments;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisor, staff, other departments, contractors and suppliers;
  • Proficiently use specialized software application and keep current with new computer programs, applications, and upgrades, and operate a variety of office equipment including computers;
  • Work independently with minimal supervision; and
  • Read and interpret planning construction drawings

What we’re looking for:

Required Experience & Training:

  • Associate’s degree or equivalent two years of college coursework; AND
  • Three (3) years of experience in area of responsibility and/or performing similar tasks in park services, maintenance, or related field, with emphasis on specialized trade (trails, natural resources, forestry etc.); AND
  • One year of supervisory experience preferred; OR
  • Any satisfactory combination of education, experience and training.  

License and Certifications:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire, a valid Oregon driver’s license.
  • May require possession of, or ability to obtain within six months of hire, a valid Public Pesticide Application license depending on assigned area.
  • May require possession of, or ability to obtain within six months of hire, chainsaw safety training, or related sawyer certifications.


Full job description and application by following the below link: Bend Metro and Park Recreation District – Trails Supervisor (