Trail Crew Leader

  • San Marcos, TX
  • San Marcos, Texas
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Administration and Management
  • Salary: $19.91 - $22.40 Hourly USD

Job Description


Under the general direction of the Parks Operations Manager and Parks Maintenance Supervisor, is responsible for the successful planning, construction, maintenance, drainage, and evaluation of park trail systems within the City of San Marcos. Helps support various department maintenance needs, as assigned, and supervises trail crew personnel. Work involves heavy lifting, digging, carrying, brush cutting, chainsaw cutting, and operation of power equipment in the construction and maintenance of trails and natural areas. Position requires hiking, carrying a backpack and hand tools, and working outside in inclement weather and on uneven terrain.



  1. Inventories and evaluates trail conditions within parks and natural areas
  2. Develops annual trail maintenance workplans as well as other projects assigned by Park Operations Manager and/or Park Operations Supervisor
  3. Assists in the development and implementation of the Natural Area Land Management Plan
  4. Develops plans to include safe routes and procedures to move trail building materials to specific work sites
  5. Provides supervision of Trail Crew personnel or volunteers
  6. Updates parks staff and point of contact with the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance on trail maintenance schedules, closures, conditions, and other points of interest.
  7. Assists Parks Operations Manager and/or Park Operations Supervisor in duties pertaining to natural areas and trails
  8. Protecting natural resources in City natural areas
  9. Removing non-native plant species using hand tools, weed whacker, chainsaw and/or herbicide
  10. Working in an outdoor environment with a variety of habitat types and terrain in various weather conditions
  11. Pick-up and remove litter
  12. Installing, inspecting, and repairing posts, rail fencing, trail markers and signage
  13. Trimming trees and removing limbs and brush
  14. Maintaining trails, implementing trail construction and erosion control materials, trail drainage, closing unapproved trails and implementing trail plans
  15. Duties may include shoveling/raking, brush-cutting, revegetation work
  16. Posting signs and updating kiosk information
  17. Interacting with public, conservation partners, easement holders and other parties who use or work in the natural areas
  18. Cleaning and maintaining public restroom facilities
  19. Operating various types of light to heavy maintenance equipment, construction equipment, and/or repair of line mowers, gang mowers, tractors, bucket truck, chipper, and aerator; utilizes chain saws, weed eaters, grinders, cutting equipment and heavy equipment and other power tools
  20. Performs plumbing repairs; assists in repairing irrigation systems
  21. Map reading and orienteering skills
  22. Familiarity using GPS technologies in the field to map existing or new trails
  23. Other duties as assigned

  • Ability to prioritize work effectively and efficiently, apply safety rules and procedures appropriately while planning and conducting work.
  • Ability to identify and assess problems and offer solutions.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (Salary is dependent upon qualifications)

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Five (5) years parks/grounds maintenance is required.
  • Five (5) years operating light to medium equipment is required.
  • Two (2) year experience as a lead worker required.
  • Must obtain a valid Texas Class B Commercial Driver's License within one (1) year of employment.
  • Must possess a valid Texas Driver's License with an acceptable driving record.

  • Previous trail/land maintenance is desired


  • Must be able to read and comprehend maintenance documentation and repair manuals.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills are required; must be able to maintain positive working relationships with departmental staff, vendors, and the general public.
  • Ability to understand and work towards given objectives with minimal oversight.
Physical requirements include lifting up to 100 pounds frequently. Subject to standing, walking, lifting, carrying, pushing/pulling, reaching, handling, bending, twisting, balancing, vision, hearing, talking and foot controls frequently. Fine dexterity, kneeling, crouching and climbing occasionally; sitting and crawling rarely. Ability to hike through a variety of habitat types and terrain, walking over uneven ground, climbing over obstacles, and assessing remote locations.

Working conditions involve exposure to variable and/or extreme weather conditions, machinery with moving parts, hazardous materials/chemicals, and infectious diseases is involved; utilizes personal protective equipment as necessary.

Must walk long distances over uneven terrain while carrying tolls and equipment; frequently carries tools and equipment and may be required to lift up to 50 lbs. and push/pull up to 100lbs.; stands for long periods of time in the heat. The work is performed inside and outside and is sometimes, dirty, dusty and greasy. This position requires working in outdoor conditions and may come into contact with dogs, spiders, and snakes; may be exposed to the possibility of electrical shock, burns, cuts or bruises.

Safety Sensitive Position
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

San Marcos, Texas United States View Map