Position Profile

Job Title:  Backcountry Trails Flood Rehabilitation Crew Lead

Work Unit:  Operations

Ministry:   Alberta Environment and Parks

Competition Number:  1040957

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 (EP) 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 supervision and direction of the Recreational Stewardship Coordinator, the Crew Lead will be part of a team involved in recovery efforts as a result of the 2013 floods. They will be responsible for overseeing and completing trail construction activities on backcountry trails, coordinating backcountry construction logistics, supervising other trail crew staff, providing pre-site inspections and recommendations for repairs to trails. 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. This role is also responsible for ensuring the safety of their team when working in remote backcountry locations.

Responsibilities and Activities


Supervision and completion of flood trail construction activities.

Under overall direction from the BTFR Stewardship Coordinator, the position will provide supervision of crew trail construction activities BTFR trail crew. The position will ensure the safety of trail crews and ensure that projects are constructed in accordance to design plans and regulatory requirements.


  • Supervise BTFR trail crews including directing daily and weekly work activities, problem solving issues with crews, trail construction logistics including coordinating equipment and supplies.
  • Assist in carrying out volunteer/stakeholder supported projects including preparation of construction site for volunteers.
  • The position will be responsible for OH&S for BTFR trail staff including adherence to all program HACRs, EP and BTFR OH&S policies and procedures, trail staff check ins.
  • The position will be required to keep regular and ongoing communication with the BTFR Stewardship Coordinator.
  • The position will be responsible for ensuring crew construction projects adhere to project plans and regulatory requirements within the field.
  • 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.

Project Reporting

Provide Stewardship Coordinator and Program Lead with project progress, evaluation and reports. This is essential to help progress and assess EP goals and post-flood recovery efforts.


  • Collect and submit all necessary project field data, information (such as crew hours and purchases) and project details.
  • Collect visual and narrative content for EP internal reporting and marketing activities.

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:

  • Ensure that BTFR crew construction activities are delivered and achieved in the field through coordination, supervision and oversight of crew project works. The position is accountable for ensuring all OH&S policies are followed in the field.
  • Implement and complete a wide variety of flood-recovery projects on a wide variety of landscapes.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


The position requires:

  • The ability to effectively manage time and collaborate with others to meet goals.
  • Appreciation and respect for the Alberta Public Service vision and values.
  • 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.

Qualifications and Education:

  • Some High School education plus one year experience with trail building, landscaping or construction is required.
  • Experience as a construction foreman, crew leader or contract supervisor is preferred.
  • 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.


  • 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 Recreational Stewardship Coordinator, BTFR Contractor Coordinator.

Supervision Exercised

  • Supervision of BTFR trail crew members - wage staff MSW1 positions.
  • Supervision of volunteers during construction activities.


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