Tales From The Trails:

Trails Assistant Job Opening


The Forest Park Conservancy protects and fosters the ecological health of Forest Park, maintains and enhances the park's extensive trails network, and inspires community appreciation and future stewardship of the splendor of this iconic, urban wilderness as a gift for generations. Each year, we work with over 1,000 volunteers to maintain trails, remove invasive species and plant native trees and shrubs. FPC is leading a 20-year campaign to restore 15,000 acres of public and private to ensure the long-term health of Forest Park.  


The Trails Assistant works with FPC staff to keep Forest Park's 80 miles of soft-surface trails and access roads safe and accessible. This is a physically demanding position with a strong technical field component. The Trails Assistant works efficiently with FPC staff and volunteers to carry out seasonal trail maintenance and specific trail projects for the duration of the position.

Job Title: Trails Assistant (hiring 2 positions)

Reports to: Trails Manager

Work Schedule: 5 days, 40 hours/week (includes some weekends and evenings)

Classification: Seasonal, Non-Exempt (May 2016-Sept 2016)

Work Location: Workday starts at 2960 NW Upshur St, Portland, Ore., 97210


Trail Maintenance and Repair

  • Assess trail conditions, prioritize, plan and carry out trail maintenance and repair of Forest Park’s 47 miles of soft-surface trails. Maintenance and repair include tread work, brushing, raking, logouts; new trail construction; rock retaining wall, turnpike, drainage, bridge, and split rail fence construction; and trail decommissioning.
  • Assist with natural area restoration work as needed, including invasive species removal and native plantings.
  • Manage inventory of tools and supplies.
  • Operate and maintain tools and equipment, including hand tools, small power tools, crosscut and chainsaws, and power wheelbarrows. 

Volunteer Management

  • Train and lead interns and volunteers.
  • Help lead weekly volunteer events.


  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • 1-2 year(s) experience working on trail systems or in a related field.
  • Basic understanding and skills conducive to design, construction, and maintenance of soft surface trails.
  • Experience working and communicating with volunteers.
  • CPR Certified / Wilderness First Responder


FPC is a small, collaborative organization with big ideas. The Trails Assistant should be flexible, helpful and a good communicator. This individual should be organized, hardworking and able to plan and think holistically in an outdoor, natural area setting. This individual should be comfortable with hand tools, small power equipment, traveling through the outdoors and working in all weather conditions and terrain. 

How to apply

Email your resume, cover letter and three references to jobs@forestparkconservancy.org with “Trails Assistant” in the subject line.

Application deadline is Sunday, May 8th at 11:59pm. 

Compensation and Duration

$15/hr, 40 hrs/week

This position runs from May – September


Sick time in compliance with the Portland Protected Sick Time Ordinance



The Forest Park Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection of candidates for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, military service, family medical history, legal source of income, gender identity, political affiliation, or family leave obligations.


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