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4 Jan 2023

Temporary TRACS Surveyor

Rocky Mountain Field Institute – Posted by RMFI Jobs Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

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Job Description


The TRACS Surveyor (TS) works under the supervision of the RMFI Program Director and in close coordination with U.S. Forest Service staff. The TRACS Surveyor aids in the planning and implementation of RMFI’s Trail Assessment and Condition Survey (TRACS)  program. The TRACS Surveyor will work independently, completing trail condition surveys on

identified National Forest System (NFS) Trails on the Pike and San Isabelle National Forest and Cimmeron and Comanche Grasslands (PSICC), as part of the 10-Year Trail

Shared Stewardship Challenge. The surveys will be completed on the U.S. Forest

Service’s Trail Assessment and Condition Surveys (TRACS) form. The TRACS survey

is the current U.S. Forest Service corporate survey for collecting accurate information

about the trail and constructed features along the trail, including key dimensional

information, material type, and quantities. This survey also provides an objective

evaluation of the current condition of trail and constructed features, and identifies

prescription for needed tasks.


Primary duties include planning logistics required to complete TRACS surveys; implementing thorough surveys of priority trails in a timely manner; and completing detailed reports with survey metrics and photo documentation. The TRACS Surveyor will also assist with RMFI’s stewardship programming (trail maintenance and restoration projects) when needed, helping ensure quality work standards, the highest degree of safety, and an enjoyable experience for all RMFI program participants.



  • Complete planning and implementation of RMFI’s TRACS program. The TS will work independently, planning a survey schedule, arranging for all necessary logistics, and collecting accurate information about the trail and constructed features along the trail, including key dimensional information, material type, and quantities.
  • Complete periodic progress reports and final reports. 
  • Supervise volunteers and youth corps crews in the completion of trail and restoration projects and work on those projects alongside Field Instructors and Field Coordinators.
  • Serve as a member of a RMFI stewardship work crew during project days that do not include volunteers. The proportion of days with and without volunteers is variable.
  • Instruct and manage volunteers, students, and other program participants in trail and restoration techniques, field safety, and project objectives.
  • Assist with the management of field work days by providing project orientation to participants, properly estimating volunteer and staff requirements, completing work in a timely and efficient manner, and ensuring safety at all times.
  • Assist with the management of program safety in the field by ensuring the RMFI Safety Policy and Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) is followed at all times.
  • Manage tool, equipment, and food logistics in the field.
  • Participate in pre-and post-project activities including briefings, evaluations, and trainings.
  • Document work completed, including photos, GPS data, and detailed work logs.
  • Assist in training new seasonal staff and interns.
  • Assist in promoting and conducting outreach for RMFI programs.
  • Assist in implementing environmental education curriculum on select programs.
  • Participate in staff trainings and develop new skills and techniques as necessitated by projects.
  • Provide clear, effective, and timely communication with the Program Director, Program Managers, Field Coordinators, and additional staff.


RMFI will hire one full-time, seasonal TRACS Surveyor for the 2023 field season to work from March through October with the possibility of work extending into November depending upon the availability of project funding. The work schedule is very dynamic; the TS will work an average of 40 hours per week, though hours can fluctuate heavily week-to-week depending on projects. The TS may work up to 70 hours per week and may spend up to 18 consecutive days in the field. The TRACS Surveyor can expect significant time working in the backcountry during the peak alpine season, from June through September. The TS will spend the majority of their time alone when working in the backcountry, so personal safety and risk assessment are crucial to the position. When not completing TRACS surveys, the TS may be assigned to assist with RMFI’s other stewardship projects (trail maintenance/construction, restoration projects, volunteer programming etc.). Backcountry work will vary depending on project site and location. The bulk of shoulder season work (March to May and September to October) will primarily follow a day work schedule, during which staff will return home after each workday. The position requires extensive travel, fieldwork, and evening and weekend work. This position is field-based, though some office time is required. 



The TRACS Surveyor position is paid hourly. Pay is consistent with industry standards and will be determined based on experience, certifications and qualifications (anticipated hourly pay range is $15-$18/hour depending on experience). Travel with a personal vehicle is required and is reimbursed at the federal rate. For overnight programs, the TRACS Surveyor is paid a day rate (10 hours/day) and food and field supplies are provided. Benefits include paid sick leave and discounts on outdoor gear and equipment. Employees meeting certain tenure requirements are eligible to participate in RMFI’s SIMPLE IRA retirement plan, including employer contributions of up to 3% to match the employee’s contributions to the plan.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the RMFI Employment Application by visiting this webpage.
  2. Please email your cover letter and resume in PDF format to [email protected] with “RMFI TRACS Surveyor_YourName” in the subject line. 
  3. The successful candidate will be required to complete and pass a pre-employment background check. RMFI will notify you of the steps involved in this process after an official hiring offer has been made.

Job Categories: Environmental. Job Types: Temporary. Salaries: Less than 20,000.

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