Position Profile

Job Title:  Backcountry Trails Flood Rehabilitation Trail Crew (5 Positions)

Work Unit:  Operations

Ministry:   Alberta Environment and Parks

Competition Number:  1040952

Date:  March 2017



Following the 2013 floods in Southern Alberta, many backcountry, hiking, off highway vehicles and 4x4 trails along the eastern slopes of southern and central Alberta were damaged. Environment and Parks has established the Backcountry Trails Flood Rehabilitation Program to restore flood damaged trails and bridges on Public Lands along the eastern slopes of Alberta. Under the direct supervision of the BTFR Trail Crew Lead this position is involved in numerous tasks that facilitate the repair and construction of trails and bridges.

Construction activities include use of chainsaws, OHVs, heavy equipment such as skid steers and mini-excavators and common carpentry and landscaping related skills to construct pedestrian and OHV bridges and repair washed out trails.

Responsibilities and Activities


Completion of flood trail repair and construction activities.

Under direction from the BTFR Crew Lead, this position will carry out construction activities on backcountry trails. The position will ensure all safe work practices are followed and that projects are constructed in accordance to design plans and regulatory requirements.


  • Performs and assists in numerous tasks and duties involved in the construction and maintenance trails that include:
    • Felling and bucking trees with a chainsaw;
    • Constructing log and timber bridges;
    • Hand building trails;
    • General cleanup of trails, raking, shoveling, rock moving and root cutting.
  • The position will be responsible for following all OH&S policies, including adherence to all program HACRs, EP and BTFR OH&S policies and procedures.
  • The position will be required to keep regular and ongoing communication with the BTFR Trail Crew Lead.
  • This position requires the operation of a variety of equipment including trucks, OHVs, chain saws, towing trailers and operating skid steers and mini-excavators.
  • This position requires requires travel by foot in some remote locations and the need to be able to carry 20kg for a distance of 10kms.
  • Collect and submit all necessary project field data, information and project details.

Other Related Duties


  • Fully participate in Flood Project Team meetings, discussions, and evaluation processes.
  • Liaise with public in the field to enhance and support partnerships and programs.



This position has the following responsibilities:

  • Implement and complete a wide variety of flood-recovery projects on a wide variety of landscapes. Including, but not limited to, preparing and transporting all required tools and materials to site and completing a wide variety of construction projects in a remote backcountry setting.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


The position requires:

  • Understanding of a variety of outdoor recreation experiences and facilities.
  • Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and WHMIS.
  • Knowledge of sustainable trail design, construction and maintenance best practices.
  • Basic skill level in mechanical repair and carpentry preferred.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Appreciation and respect for the Alberta Public Service vision and values.
  • Felling and bucking trees with a chainsaw.
  • Construction of timber, steel and fiberglass bridges.
  • Hand building trails.
  • Flexibility and experience in working with a wide range of individuals and groups.
  • Appreciation and respect for the Alberta Public Service vision and values.
  • Understanding of a variety of outdoor recreation experiences and facilities.

Qualifications and Education:

  • Some High School education plus one year experience with trail building, landscaping or construction is required.
  • Woodland Trainers Association Chainsaw Safety: levels 1, 2 or 3, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, Transport of Dangerous Goods, Bear Awareness training, and/or CSC ATV rider training considered an asset.
  • A valid Class 5 driver's licence.
  • First Aid with CPR (AED) certification, required upon commencement.


  • General Public: Promotes program and provides specific details about volunteer opportunities and flood-recovery activities/situation.
  • Partners: Coordinates sharing of information about project outcomes and appropriate activities.
  • Program staff: Daily contact with the BTFR Crew Lead.

Supervision Exercised



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