The OSMP Crew Lead role provides support and leadership to execute trail program objectives as well as department wide plans that support all charted land uses and open space purposes. Crew leads are responsible for field and project management, skills development, and administrative and logistical support of their crew.. The Trail Crew Lead is expected to perform and guide others in trail construction and maintenance under minimal supervision. As a Crew Lead, you will coordinate and direct work with other agency partners such as OSMP Jr. Rangers, conservation corps crews, volunteers, and other groups and individuals assigned to trail projects. This position requires hiking up to 10 hours per day, carrying a backpack and hand tools, and working outside in inclement weather and in mountainous terrain.


Project and Personnel Management (70%)
Direct crew to complete routine maintenance, repair and construction on trails and related structures and facilities
Provide field support, training, and comprehensive performance evaluations to crew
Conduct daily safety briefings and complete safety logs
Ability to stay engaged and motivate others with the task at hand for up to 10 hours at a time, especially when tasks are repetitive and physical in nature.
Maintain regular communication on status of projects with project managers and supervisors
Mentoring Staff (20%)
Develop and facilitate on-the-job tool training, leadership, and team development activities to crews, volunteers and other agency partners
Deliver instruction on specialized skills such as rigging, dry stone construction, carpentry, and mechanized equipment
Openly shares successes and challenges to support team learning and individual growth
Reporting & Communications (10%)
Record daily work completed using asset management software
Take before and after photos of projects
Communicate project timeline, deliverables, and progress to project managers and supervisors
Create end of project reports that highlight challenges and work completed
Takes proper safety precautions to prevent accidents. Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, and equipment. Uses all required safety equipment and follows all safety regulations, policies and procedures. Reports all accidents and damage to city property.
Knowing all policies inclusive of safety and reporting any damage or infractions.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Conservation, Crew, Full Time, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders



Driver’s license and ability to maintain an acceptable motor vehicle record.
Acceptable background information including criminal history is required.
One season of experience supervising work crews completing natural resource management or land management field tasks.

Required Skills:

Leading Others with Emotional Intelligence: Motivates, develops, and directs people as they work, identifies the best people for the job. Possess the ability to notice, interpret, and anticipate others’ concerns and feelings, and to communicate this awareness empathetically to others. Maintains a positive team environment and refers issues appropriately to their immediate supervisor.

Teamwork: Works effectively as a member and leader of formal and informal teams. Understands the interests and concerns o

Preferred Skills:

Ability to operate and use specialized equipment including trail dozers, excavators, power carriers, gas powered rock drills/breakers, winch and rigging equipment, chainsaws, grinders and sharpening tools, etc.

About City of Boulder - OSMP

Boulder's Open Space & Mountain Parks (OSMP) are a very special place. The open space lands teem with native plants and wildlife and are home to threatened and endangered species. They serve as a buffer between Boulder and nearby development. They sustain agriculture uses and add untold benefits to the natural environment - clean air, water, and earth.

The lands shape the urban mosaic of the Boulder Valley and provide citizens with passive recreation opportunities. Trails are used by walkers, hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders, dog walkers and other passive recreational uses.

Application Instructions

Please apply through the City of Boulder's website: https://bouldercolorado.gov/city-jobs