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Trails Operations Coordinator

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Department: General Athletics
Work Type: Staff Full-time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Athletics/Recreation

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description Summary

Independently ensure the university trail system, equipment, and facilities are maintained and groomed to the highest standard possible to provide for a safe and high quality experience for users. Execute the disc golf course and trail system events.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Plan and perform a wide variety of skilled work in the operation and maintenance of the 675 acre trail system, disc golf course and associated structures and facilities.
2. Execute trail master plans for skiing, mountain biking, and hiking developed by the Recreation Department.
3. Coordinate the schedule for grooming, repairs and trail maintenance.
4. Operate, maintain, repair, recommend, and purchase supplies and parts for various trail equipment including grooming machines, snow mobiles, tractors, lawn mowers and chainsaws.
5. Maintain, repair, clean and perform improvements to the trail facilities: the Nordic waxing center, timing building, warm-up building, groomer storage building, and ski storage building.
6. Update trail system maps, brochures and signs.
7. Promote year round usage of the trail system by maintaining current knowledge of new trends for trail usage.
8. Develop, oversee and perform trail improvements for bikers, skiers, and hikers adding ravines, plateaus, berms, dips and bridges.
9. Commit to be a team player and assist in organizing accommodations for athletic races and community events at the trails.
10. Maintain a close working relationship with the other Keweenaw Trails Alliance staff and with student organizations who utilize the trails and communicate with all trail stakeholders.
11. Attend trail meetings and be an active participant with trails ambassador group.
12. Perform duties with minimum supervision or direction from others.
13. Successfully complete any required safety training.
14. Integrate safety practices into daily activities.
15. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

16. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

• High School diploma or training in a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• One year current experience operating and repairing snow grooming equipment, snowmobiles, tractors, lawn mowers, and chainsaws.
• One year current experience serving in a customer service environment with experience coordinating or leading large scale events.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Two years current experience in building construction.
• Two years current experience with grooming equipment and maintenance.
• Experience as a nordic skier and/or mountain biker.
• Experience operating a grooming vehicle such as a PistenBully or Bombardier Prinoth.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Possess a valid driver’s license and meet Michigan Tech’s vehicle use requirements.
• Good interpersonal and communication skills.
• Ability to adapt to frequently changing work environments, conditions and work schedules. Including irregular hours during nights, weekends and some holidays.
• Ability to work from general assignment and proceed with minimum supervision or direction from others.
• Demonstrated ability to efficiently and safely operate and maintain light and heavy equipment including grooming equipment, pickup trucks, snowmobiles, lawn mowers, farm tractors, and backhoe.
• Knowledge of lawn and trail maintenance and grooming equipment.
• Ability to safely operate power hand tools and motorized equipment including chainsaws, lawn sweepers, mowers, shears, top dressers, paint sprayers, and other related trail and building care equipment.
• Ability to perform tasks involving climbing, lifting, handling of materials and supplies, moving furniture and equipment and working from ladders, scaffolds and a bucket truck.
• Ability to apply and handle fertilizer and seed and weed control materials safely.
• Demonstrated ability to manage and organize several tasks and projects simultaneously.
• Must be able to work weekends and early morning hours as required as a condition of continual employment.
• Understanding of safe operating and maintenance procedures.
• Be able to perform duties in confined space.
• Good physical condition to enable safe, efficient, and sanitary performance of work, with or without accommodation and be able to perform tasks requiring the use of a respirator. The employee must possess the ability to pass a respiratory pulmonary physical exam.
• Excellent work attendance record.
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.
• Ability to use a personal computer and basic software packages.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to complete routine reports. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one situations to customers or employees.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of problems in standardized situations. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret a variety of technical instructions in mathematical, diagram, written or oral form.

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and reach with hands and arms. While operating equipment, the employee may be expected to sit in the operator’s seat for extended periods of time. The employee is regularly required to talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle or feel an object; and taste or smell and be able to communicate with others via cell phone or radio.

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; frequently lifting and/or moving more than 100 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, and peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.

The employee is subject to federally mandated CDL drug/alcohol testing policies.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the employee must occasionally work in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals. The employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles; the risk of electrical shock; and may regularly work near moving mechanical parts. The employee must regularly work in all outdoor weather conditions including blizzards, storms, hail, wind, rain, fog, extreme heat, extreme cold and sunshine.

The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

Required Departmental Training: 

● CPR for Professional Rescuer, AED and First Aid Certification
● Attend regularly scheduled departmental meetings for all areas necessary.
● Shift coverage when required.
● Evening/Weekend work responsibility as required.
● Assists with Recreation activities and event management as needed.

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months


Negotiable. No less than $35,500.

Title of Position Supervisor

Associate Athletic Director, External Relations

Posting Type

Internal & External Posting

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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