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Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Program Seeks New Team

For Immediate Release 3-1-2012

Contact marty [dot] caivano [at] imba [dot] com (Marty Caivano)

IMBA Field Programs Coordinator

303-545-9011 ext.101

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is looking to hire a full-time, professional, two-person team for the highly successful Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program. This position requires a passion for mountain biking, excellent communication skills, the ability to clearly explain complicated concepts, strong leadership skills and team compatibility. The crew will travel year-round in a Subaru Outback. The application deadline is April 15th, 2012. The start date is July 1, 2012.

For more than 15 years, the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crews have traveled the world, sharing trailbuilding and non-profit management expertise with volunteers, land managers and trail advocates. As a direct result, thousands of miles of appealing, environmentally sustainable trails have been built or revitalized. The crews have contributed to the trails community and mountain biking opportunities in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and several European countries.

Sponsored by Subaru of America and directed by IMBA, the crews work with IMBA-affiliated mountain bike clubs, land managers and other trail user groups to solve trail management challenges. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crews improve trail conditions and trail experiences for everyone.

IMBA is looking for the newest team in a long line of dedicated trail professionals. Although the position is not for everyone, couples that enjoy travel and adventure, love to work outside and want to help improve trails and mountain biking are encouraged to apply. IMBA asks each crew to make a 24-month commitment. Children or pets are not allowed on the road.

Job Description:

  • Lead IMBA Trailbuilding Schools designed for mountain bikers, other trail users and land management agency personnel.
  • Lead volunteer trailwork projects involving members of IMBA-affiliated mountain bike clubs, other mountain bikers and trail users, and land managers.
  • Lead IMBA Club Care presentations designed to educate mountain bikers on the basics of establishing and operating a successful club.
  • Meet with mountain bikers, land managers and other trail user groups to share trailbuilding expertise on design and construction of new trails, and maintenance and restoration of existing trails.
  • Help solve trail management challenges through sharing information about successful trail design philosophy and construction techniques.
  • Aid in the development of IMBA’s Ride Centers by providing educational services, expert consultation and volunteer coordination services.
  • Help IMBA-affiliated clubs build their capacity by providing feedback on their existing practices and suggesting areas for growth and improvement.
  • Represent IMBA at select festivals and events throughout the year.
  • Communicate regularly by phone and email with the program coordinator based in the IMBA office in Boulder.
  • Communicate regularly with local volunteers at upcoming visit locations.
  • Submit stories, photos and video clips from the road on a regular basis for the IMBA website and blog.
  • Submit short written pieces for IMBA Trail News magazine (topics to be assigned by IMBA).
  • Exploring the Trail Care Crew host toolkit will give you a good idea of what goes into a weekend.

Other Responsibilities

Represent IMBA, the Trail Care Crew program, the sport of mountain biking and Subaru of America in a positive, professional manner at all times.

Qualifications

The ideal candidates bring these qualities to the position:

  • Passion for mountain biking and trails
  • A very strong relationship with your spouse/long-time significant other (who will be your partner in this job) and the ability to spend a great deal of time with each other
  • A sense of adventure
  • Flexibility
  • A positive attitude
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and spoken
  • The ability to be diplomatic in contentious situations
  • Public speaking skills, especially in front of large groups
  • Computer savvy: Ideal candidates will be proficient with Macintosh computers and software applications including Word, Excel and iCal, and be proficient using the Internet and email. Additional beneficial skills include photo and video editing abilities, but are not required.
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Involvement with a local mountain bike club, if there is one.
  • Trail knowledge is not a pre-requisite for this position. The primary task is to be a professional educator. IMBA will provide the necessary training related to trail science.

Benefits

IMBA provides:

  • A monthly salary, plus a travel and living expense stipend
  • Comprehensive medical benefits, including dental (available immediately)
  • Deferred compensation retirement plan option
  • Use of the official Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Outback and Trek mountain bikes

To apply:

Please send a cover letter and resumes -- by April 15th, 2012 -- to Marty Caivano at marty [dot] caivano [at] imba [dot] com or via snail mail to IMBA, P.O. Box 711, Boulder, CO 80306. The selected applicants will start July 1, 2012.

For more information on IMBA and the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Program, visit imba.com/tcc

Curious? Read bios of the current crews.

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