Position: Lead Coach for the Arizona Trail Association’s Gear Girls program in Flagstaff, AZ

Women Empowering Women, on Bikes!

If you love mountain biking and want to help make mountain biking a more equitable sport, consider joining our team! Gear Girls coaches serve as instructors and role models for the next generation of young women riders. Coaching with us is an opportunity to share your skillset, positively influence girls’ lives in your community, and combine your passion with your work.

About Gear Girls

Gear Girls uses mountain biking, trail work, and snow sports to build confidence, outdoor competence, community, and character in young women grades 4-8. Girls learn practical skills in trail building, mountain biking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing, while absorbing lessons in mindfulness, teamwork, and determination that will prepare them for life’s bigger challenges.

Girls from Flagstaff, AZ, meet weekly for ten weeks per session and are coached by a supportive all-women staff in a low pressure setting.

All programs are provided at no cost to participants, with the ATA covering all expenses associated with compensation for Coordinator and coaches, transportation, gear, healthy snacks, swag for participants, and other resources, materials, and tools as needed. Our goal is to eliminate all barriers to participation so that youth can explore trails close to home, connect with landscapes on a deeper level, and be actively involved in the stewardship of public lands and the Arizona Trail.

More information about the Gear Girls program can be found online:

https://aztrail.org/youth/gear-girls/

 Lead Coach Responsibilities

  • Co-lead mountain biking practices for groups of up to 10 participants. If coaching in the winter session, co-lead cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking outings.
  • Provide age and developmentally appropriate instruction in mountain biking and team building.
  • Communicate safety parameters. Monitor and maintain safety at all times. Respond to participants’ medical and emotional needs.
  • Serve as a role model and guide participants in appropriate behavior and attitudes. Fuel the fun!
  • Collaborate with 1-2 other coaches at each practice; communicate plans and delegate tasks as needed.
  • Connect with families at dropoff and pickup. Foster a welcoming community.
  • Transport equipment (provided by ATA) to and from practices.
  • Document outings through photographs and filling out a reporting spreadsheet.
  • Communicate with Youth Outreach Coordinator to develop the program, plan outings, and lead rides.
  • Report hours to the Administrative Director via an invoice template.
  • Be an exemplary representative of the Arizona Trail Association and its mission.

Position Requirements

  • Applicant must pass a criminal background check and have a clean driving record.
  • Applicant must enjoy working with youth, have a love for mountain biking, and be able to work independently without direct supervision.
  • Minimum Wilderness First Aid certification or ability to receive certification.

Skills & Experience

  • Prior experience working with children and children’s programs, preferably in an educational or recreational environment.
  • Minimum 2 years mountain biking experience.
  • Excellent group management skills, adaptability, patience, and compassion for all abilities and motivation levels.
  • Knowledge of bike mechanics and on-the-trail fixes or willingness to learn.
  • Competence in Leave No Trace ethics.
  • Strong verbal communication skills in English. Proficiency in Spanish and/or Indigenous languages of Northern Arizona is beneficial.

Hours & Compensation

  • This is a year-round, part-time position.
  • Hours will vary depending on the applicant’s availability. During a session, Lead Coaches may work 4-10 hours per week and may go 1-2 weeks without coaching. Coordinator will work with the applicant to create an optimal schedule that meets the needs of the program and the applicant.
  • Lead Coaches are expected to be available for at least half of the practices in a 10-week season (10 out of 20 practices or 5 out of 10 practices depending on the season). Practices will occur on Saturdays during the summer session.
  • $20/hour, independent contractor
  • Other benefits:
    • Arizona Trail gear (bandana, Gear Girls shirts, other swag)
    • 50% off all Arizona Trail merchandise sold through the ATA
    • Pro deal discounts through select manufacturers

To Apply

The Arizona Trail Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Interested individuals are

encouraged to apply by sending the following documents by email to Julie Polovitch, Youth Outreach Coordinator (julie@aztrail.org):

  • Letter of interest
  • Current resume with relevant education, professional experience, and current certifications
  • Three references, including name, telephone number, email, and context of professional connection

Applications will be accepted immediately and the position will remain open until filled. Interviews will be conducted by telephone or Zoom.

If you enjoy working outdoors with youth and are interested in a leadership position within a small nonprofit organization making a big impact on individuals, families, and the mountain biking community in Flagstaff, please apply today.