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Trail Program Coordinator

Trail Program Coordinator

Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area, managed by the

Schuylkill River Greenway Association

 

Position Summary:  

The Schuylkill River Greenway Association's Trail Program Coordinator is responsible for implementing goals and objectives of the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area's Strategic Plan. This position provides professional services in multiple areas of expertise to perform basic tasks, including, but not limited to, working in all aspects of trail development and management, providing trail related studies, creating public linkages between the Schuylkill River Land and Water Trails and riparian communities, assisting with Schuylkill River Heritage Area programming, and launching catalytic projects that promote public and private waterfront investment as crucial public spaces. The position involves outreach, design, technical assistance, grant writing, extensive communication skills, excellent graphic and cartography abilities, and project management expertise from property acquisition to project implementation.

The Coordinator reports to the Trails Project Manager and will work from Schuylkill River Greenway Association offices located at 140 College Drive, Pottstown, PA. Work will be inside 85% of the time and outside 15% of the time, and be sometimes around heavy equipment at construction sites. The position is funded for two years with a starting salary of $46,500.

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Cartography: GIS systems, including map creation and reproduction, updating, and cartography expertise.
  • Planning: Activities such as working with the numerous partners and staff, research, writing, gathering consensus, and reviewing plans.
  • Public inquiries and outreach: Activities that include meetings, recordation, information retrieval, and follow-up.
  • Grant writing: Creating cost estimates, processing approvals, coordinating contracts, and grant administration.
  • Property negotiations: Coordination with persons and entities that desire to use Greenway real estate and acquisition of fee simple properties and easements for trail purposes.
  • Site design: Land design and engineering, preparing drawings and specifications, plan reviews, agency approvals, project meetings and presentations.
  • Consultant Requests for Proposals: Writing and distributing letters of interest and requests for proposals, consultant procurement negotiations, pre-proposal meetings, processing approvals, coordination with other agencies, and contracting.
  • Consultant contract management: Includes invoice reviews, addendum processing, scheduling, plan reviews and approvals, design meetings, and coordination.
  • Construction contract management: Includes land surveys, project budgeting, bidding, invoice processing, change order negotiations and approvals, shop drawing review, plans and specification reviews, value engineering, inspections, invoicing, and job meetings.
  • Administration: Functions including staff meetings, routine reporting, filing, report creation, and other administrative duties, as assigned.
  • Perform other duties or special projects, as assigned.

 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, Architecture, or related program; or five years of job-related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Three years of project management experience.
  • Two years experience with governmental entities and their permitting and code requirements.
  • Two years experience in planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture, or architectural design fields.
  • One year experience in grant writing and administration.
  • Trail construction, management, and maintenance experience.
  • Computing experience including GIS, CAD, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project, and the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Property acquisition experience including negotiation, appraisal procurement, title work, and other similar tasks.
  • Recreation or educational programming experience.
  • Ability to pass a background check.
  • Possession of a valid driver's license.

 

Preferred Skills, Knowledge & Experience:

  • Ability to work and negotiate with property owners, municipal officials, and approval agencies to reach common goals.
  • Excellent and effective listening, verbal, drawing, and strong writing communication skills.
  • Ability to be flexible.
  • Technical knowledge of facility and trail development and its components such as; electric, road construction, drainage, and other similar facilities.
  • Strong project management and work prioritization skills, including the ability to establish priorities and anticipate next actions and deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work independently.
  • Displays a willingness to make decisions and exhibiting sound and accurate judgment.
  • Advanced skills to use a personal computer and various software packages.

 

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit, bend at the waist, drive to various locations, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel or squat, climb stairs and lift up to 50 pounds. Rarely will the employee have the need to climb ladders, twist or rotate at the waist or carry over 50 pounds a distance of 300 feet. Close vision is required for reading of drawings and computing, and distant vision and depth perception is required for surveying and land analysis.

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