Feb 4, 2011 at 8:52 am #1268672
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
Could be a dream job for someone here:
The Pacific Crest Trail Association, headquartered in Sacramento, California is dedicated to protecting, preserving and promoting the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. The following Sacramento office staff position is currently open:
Trail Information Specialist
In this position you will have the opportunity to:
• Respond to public information requests via e-mail, in-person, on PCTA’s Facebook page, or phone. Ensure an accurate response to information requests.
• Acquire an in-depth understanding of the Pacific Crest Trail Association and its programs in order to incorporate that into information responses.
• Strengthen PCTA’s trail information program so that PCTA is well-known as the best source of information about the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.
• Develop and maintain a program that gets volunteers involved in providing information to trail users.
• Maintain and contribute content to the PCTA’s “trip planning” and “about the trail” sections of the website.
• Periodically contribute informational articles to the PCTA’s Communicator magazine as well as content to PCTA’s Facebook page.
• Track and fulfill permit requests, completion certificates, and PCT medal requests.
• Represent PCTA at outreach events such as the Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kick Off and other events as needed to provide and obtain information about the trail.
The Trail Information Specialist will act as the primary information source for trail users, the general public and PCTA’s members. The Trail Information Specialist will receive, understand, and interpret requests for hiking, equestrian use and general trail information, research those requests, and respond in a timely and efficient manner. This position is responsible for ensuring that all requests are answered in a friendly and courteous manner and that requestors are provided with accurate and helpful information that allows them to enjoy the PCT safely and responsibly. Additionally, this position is responsible for updating trail and hiking information on PCTA’s toll-free information line and website including trail conditions, frequently asked questions and information about permits. The Trail Information Specialist will be responsible for attending and staffing outreach events on behalf of PCTA.
We are seeking applicants with:
• Minimum of three years of relevant professional experience
• Substantive, first-hand knowledge of the Pacific Crest Trail
• Evident passion for the Pacific Crest Trail and its protection
• Knowledge and understanding of the PCTA, its programs, and its mission
• Knowledge of long distance backpacking as well as day-hiking skills and equestrian trail use
• Expert in Leave No Trace practices
• Excellent analytical, writing and oral presentation skills
• Competency in map reading
• Experience working with and supervising volunteers
• The ability and willingness to travel on the PCT
• Experience writing public information including web content desirable
Submit application by March 1st. Please e-mail resume, list of 3 references, letter of interest detailing applicable qualifications, and salary history with the subject Trail Information Specialist. Additional information on this position and Pacific Crest Trail Association at http://www.pcta.org.Apr 18, 2011 at 8:12 am #1725999
I got the job!Apr 18, 2011 at 8:19 am #1726002
@shortbusLocale: So Cal
Congratulations, Jack! Awesome news!Apr 18, 2011 at 8:24 am #1726005
@davidlutzLocale: Bay Area
Nice!Apr 18, 2011 at 9:24 am #1726036
@halfturboLocale: Northernish California
Wonderful news. Congratulations Jack!
RickApr 18, 2011 at 9:38 am #1726046
Wonderful Jack! Congratulations!Apr 18, 2011 at 9:41 am #1726048
@mzionLocale: Boulder, CO
Grats Jack. I know you and Freefall were in the running. Ran into Freefall in Fontana and in the Smokies. Guess I was a day behind you. Good luck in Sacramento.Apr 18, 2011 at 10:08 am #1726058
@dirk9827Locale: Pacific Northwest
Should your travels take you up to the northern sections of the PCT, please let us know. Us northerners could gather for a hike.
DirkApr 18, 2011 at 6:57 pm #1726344
Thanks everyone!Apr 18, 2011 at 7:08 pm #1726352
1) Where does the PCT start and how long will it take me?
2) Are there showers?
3) Will the bears eat me?
4) What if I get tired?
5) Do I really have to hike naked on the summer soltice?
Congrats on the job, you will make a great ambassador!Apr 18, 2011 at 7:36 pm #1726373
Greg, were you the one that called me today with those questions?
And no, there aren't too many restaurants to eat dinner right on the trail. You'll have to carry your own ;)
I hope to make it out to see you this summer and pay you back with some delicious steaks.Apr 18, 2011 at 7:39 pm #1726374
@kennyhel77Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Greg have a fantastic trip! We all expect some great stories and photos!Apr 18, 2011 at 7:41 pm #1726375
@kennyhel77Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Jack, I just saw your response to Greg's.
Congrats on the job, stoked for you!!Apr 18, 2011 at 8:55 pm #1726403
Best of luck Jack! I just renewed my membership last month. Great organization.Apr 19, 2011 at 12:07 am #1726446
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
CONGRATULATIONS!!!Apr 19, 2011 at 11:24 am #1726616
Congrats, that sounds like a truly great opportunity.Apr 19, 2011 at 11:02 pm #1726899
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
As one who was a professional trail builder on the PCT ('80 on the 9 mile Snow Creek section near Wildwood, CA) I have an abiding interest that the trail is always maintained, whether professionally or by volunteers.
With our national budget in such distress more and more volunteer trail maintenance will be necessary. BUT building a national base of "lobbyists" for the PCT will help too. Good luck in all your PCT endeavors. Keep us informed and ask for help when you need it.
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