ALBERTA TRAILNET SOCIETY
TRAIL COORDINATOR: SPECIAL PROJECTS Posted: October 19, 2021
Alberta TrailNet Society is seeking a highly motivated, dynamic individual with a passion for outdoor recreation, and with strong program coordination, project management and communication skills to deliver support and coordination services to the planning and development of key trail initiatives in Alberta including the Trans Canada Trail (TCT).
This position may be full or part time depending on the applicant’s availability, experience and on available funding. This is a two-year contract position with the possibility of extension.
Location: Position is located at the Percy Page Centre, 11759 Groat Road, Edmonton
Time Commitment: Part time (2-3 days/week); Full time (5 days/week); work days may vary and must be prepared to work flexible schedule, including occasional evenings, weekends, and/or holidays as required.
The Society intends to contract a resource person to support in-house and field efforts. The Contractor will report directly to the Society’s Executive Director and work closely with members of the Society’s Board, trail operator groups, municipalities, landowners/managers, contractors and other stakeholders towards securing landowner/manager approvals; promoting and supporting the registration, planning, design and construction of sections of the Trans Canada Trail in Alberta; producing reports and facilitating requests for funding to the Trans Canada Trail and Alberta TrailNet Society (the Society). While the Society’s current focus is on completing sections of the Trans Canada Trail, assistance may also be provided to other Alberta trail projects.
Contractor priorities will be established in consultation with the Society’s Executive Director, the Chair of the Trail Development Committee, and the President and Board of the Society
The successful candidate is a proven organizational leader with the following core competencies:
- Knowledge of municipal/public land planning, urban planning, and approval processes;
- Ability to multi-task and work with a high degree of independence;
- Will be actively engaged in liaising with government, contractors, land managers, local groups and other stakeholders and must possess and be able to demonstrate strong writing, interpersonal, communication, organizational and time management skills;
- Experience in request for proposal/tender/contract development/management processes;
- Literate in MS Office, Internet usage and related computer applications;
- Travel is required from time to time, including on weekends. Applicants must hold a valid Alberta license and provide own vehicle. Direct employment travel expenses will be reimbursed with approval.
(included but not limited to the following):
- Facilitate the development and operation of The Trans Canada Trail (TCT) in Alberta and trails in general by providing technical and consultative expertise.
- Planning, design and concept development for the Athabasca Landing Trail, North Shore Trail, Meadowlark Trail, Diamond Willow Trail, staging areas, access controls, signage, etc. along the TCT and other trails as required.
- Prepare “Requests for Proposals” for both planning and design projects.
- Planning, design and concept development for trail signage plans, facility areas signs.
- Review consultant plans and drawings and provide appropriate comments and corrections.
- Assist in the preparation of information to address Development Permit Application requirements for trail and site developments.
- Organize, conduct and attend site visits and field trips to explore/ resolve technical problems and assist management in understanding available options and opportunities.
- Review and assess Historic Resource Impact statements, Indigenous Consultation and Stakeholder Consultation Plans.
- Prepare Trail Operation and Management Plans.
- Participate in the preparation of trail alignment considerations leading to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for trail development.
- Provide Class C project estimates on conceptual trail designs.
- Explore opportunities for alternate trail alignments to remove routes from on-road to off-road.
- Assist Alberta TrailNet in obtaining, tracking and evaluating capital project funding for the TCT and other trails in Alberta.
- Fill in TCT and other trail funding grant applications and track program changes.
- Prepare project funding “Statements of Interest” for government funding agencies.
- Keep records of funding approvals and contribution letters.
- Keep the provincial grant tracking summary sheets up to date and record the status of all past and proposed projects.
- Prepare annual listing of “Potential Trail Projects” with project descriptions, projected costs and potential or confirmed funding opportunities.
- Prepare monthly project fund tracking summaries and final funding reports for TCT.
- Participate in networking, partnership and communication opportunities to support the development of the TCT and trails in general in Alberta.
- Stay apprised of unfolding trail development opportunities and funding initiatives.
- Prepare PowerPoint Presentations to help managers, funders and partners understand proposed projects and cost implications.
- Attend conferences, seminars and workshops to network and learn about new and innovative trail related technologies and partnerships.
- Assist in the preparation and editing of newsletters and the Three Year Plan.
- Track trail and trail infrastructure progress for annual reporting milestones.
- Maintain Trans Canada Trail routing and updates on Alberta Map and provide input to graphic artist for the annual status update.
- Provide editorial and content information for the Alberta TrailNet Provincial Mapping Project.
- Identify potential community-based regional trail groups through areas where such groups do not already exist. Help strengthen efforts to promote trail initiatives within rural and urban communities. Assist and advise local trail development and management groups.
- Using the Routing Guidelines and other information provided by the Society, identify/confirm the route of the TCT through described areas and produce detailed mapping of the route (GIS services are available through Trans Canada Trail);
- Help define and address land management issues related to the Society’s lands;
- Provide regular reporting and updates to the Society’s Executive Director.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Relevant education and experience include: background in regional planning, landscape architecture, land use planning and management, project engineering, natural sciences, geography/global information system (GIS), recreation planning or equivalent work experience; practical work experience in project management, parks, recreation, urban, tourism or land use planning and management or in an equivalent area; experience liaising with government; experience using accepted principles of public and stakeholder involvement related to land use.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 5:00pm MT on Monday, November 15, 2021.
This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is appointed.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank all applicants for their interest in the position, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will be in-person. All Government of Alberta Covid-19 related health and safety protocols are required and will be followed.
Alberta TrailNet Society Mission: ‘Promoting a Trail Network, Including the Trans Canada Trail, Which Connects all Albertans’