Gear Girls Coordinator
About the Arizona Trail Association
The Arizona Trail Association (ATA) is the nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect, maintain, enhance, promote, and sustain the Arizona National Scenic Trail as a unique encounter with the land. The ATA’s vision is a continuous 800-mile nonmotorized path from Mexico to Utah connecting deserts, mountains, canyons, forests, communities and people. Formed in 1994, the ATA has been instrumental in the construction of the cross-state Arizona Trail and is responsible for its ongoing maintenance and protection. The trail received National Scenic Trail status in 2009, was completed in 2011, and has become one of the nation’s premier long-distance trails.
In an effort to engage youth in the organization’s mission, diversify the trail community, and inspire the next generation of trail stewards, the Gear Girls program was created in 2014. 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. Participants are coached by a supportive all-female staff in a low pressure setting.
One Coordinator is employed within the Arizona Trail gateway community of Flagstaff. The program engages elementary, middle school, and high school age youth. The Gear Girls Coordinator works with youth from numerous Flagstaff schools and neighboring communities.
All programs are provided at no cost to participants, with the ATA covering all expenses associated with compensation for Coordinator and coaches, transportation, necessary equipment, educational materials, healthy snacks, swag for participants, and other resources, materials and tools as needed. Our goal is to eliminate all barriers to participation so that girls 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.
Gear Girls opportunities include 10-week mountain biking programs in the spring and fall; a 10-week winter sports program; Peaks to Park, a multi-day vehicle-supported ride from the San Francisco Peaks to the Grand Canyon; Junior Coaches, a training program for 7th-10th grade participants; and other opportunities as proposed, planned, and facilitated by the Coordinator.
More information about the Gear Girls program can be found online: aztrail.org/youth/gear-girls/
You may learn more about the program by visiting our social media pages: @aztgeargirls on Facebook and Instagram.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Conduct outreach to participants.
- Create and publish registration forms, program information, and outreach materials.
- Organize and lead outings (day trips, work projects, and multi-day backcountry trips) and manage logistics associated with outings (transportation, food, routes, activities, materials, etc.).
- Seek out and oversee contracted coaches and volunteer coaches to help facilitate outings.
- Maintain and develop community and business partnerships.
- Communicate with land management partners (USFS, BLM, NPS, etc.) to plan stewardship projects and encourage their participation at outings, including outdoor education activities, presentations, and volunteer projects.
- Develop outdoor education lessons on topics such as mountain biking skills/mechanics, leadership, shelter building, cross country skiing, and more.
- Help acquire and maintain a fleet of mountain bikes. Upkeep and organize all Gear Girls equipment and supplies.
- Document outings through photographs and field notes, and encourage youth to document their experiences through art, writing, video and other media.
- Post photo(s) and brief description of each outing to Instagram (@aztgeargirls) along with an acknowledgement of program supporters.
- Identify potential funding sources to support the program and its growth, and work with ATA’s Development Director and Executive Director to apply for funding.
- Report hours biweekly to the Administrative Director along with quarterly progress reports for ATA Board and Staff.
- Submit credit card receipts by the first day of each month.
- Communicate with the Executive Director and Youth Outreach & Education Coordinator – Northern Arizona to develop the program and other duties associated with the position.
- Attend ATA Annual Members’ Meeting (Phoenix), annual Staff Meeting (Tucson), and other special meetings or events in the Flagstaff area as needed.
- Be an exemplary representative of the Arizona Trail Association and its mission.
- Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
- $22/hour during the school year (average of 32-40 hours/week), with a possibility of summer programming. Schedule is flexible and sometimes highly variable.
- $0.56/mile for personal vehicle use outside of Flagstaff
- Arizona Trail gear (shirt, hat, socks, bandana, guidebook and other swag)
- Full tuition for advanced wilderness medical certification (Wilderness First Responder is preferred for this position)
- Partial to full tuition for continuing education opportunities that directly support the program and its mission
- Updated Microsoft Office Suite software
- 50% off all Arizona Trail merchandise sold through the ATA
- Pro deal discounts through select manufacturers (Kühl, Big Agnes, etc.)
- Use of credit card for all program expenses
After an initial three-month evaluation:
- 50% of monthly personal health insurance premium through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.
- Verizon cellular plan (100% of monthly coverage with no limits on data)
- Paid time off (50 hours annually)
Skills & Experience
The ideal candidate has formal education and experience in the following fields:
- Outdoor leadership
- Youth development
- Natural and cultural resource management
- Trail maintenance, public lands management, and/or volunteerism
- Leave No Trace ethics
- Mountain biking. Coaching experience is preferred.
- Driving 15 passenger vans
Applicant must have strong written and verbal communication skills in English. Proficiency in Spanish and/or native languages of northern Arizona is beneficial.
Applicant must pass a criminal background check and have a clean driving record. Applicant must enjoy working with youth, have a broad base of outdoor skills, and be able to work independently without direct supervision. Applicant must have current certification in Wilderness First Aid or more advanced wilderness medicine, or be able to obtain certification before accepting the position.
The Arizona Trail Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply by sending the following documents by email to Matthew Nelson, Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- Letter of Interest
- Current curriculum vitae 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 – ideally during the month of May. Interviews will be conducted in person or by video conference. Qualified applicants can expect two to three interviews. If you enjoy working outdoors with youth and are interested in a leadership position within a nonprofit organization making a big impact on individuals, families and communities throughout Arizona, please apply today.