Catskills Lean-to LTC Chair


Core Responsibilities 


  • Stakeholder Coordination: Communicate and coordinate with the Lean-to Assistant Chair, agency partners and land managers, Crew Leaders, and Trail Conference staff to carry out this role. 
  • Caretaker Management: Act as the point person to place new volunteer interests for vacant lean-tos, with help from the Assistant Trail Chair. Coordinate onboarding of new Caretakers and foster the region’s volunteers. 
  • Lean-to Management: Be familiar with and inspect lean-tos in the assigned area. Participate in annual planning with the Program Coordinator to identify and prioritize lean-to needs/projects. Work and communicate with land managers. Regularly review Caretaker assignments to ensure all changes are reported to staff.  
  • Accomplishments Reporting: Volunteer reports are critically important and demonstrate the value of our volunteers to land managers, partners, donors, grant programs, government officials, and others. The Lean-to Chair takes the lead in collecting reports from the Assistant Lean-to Chair, Caretakers, and Crew Leaders and sends them to the Program Coordinator and [email protected].  


Support and Training 


  • An onboarding packet and training will be provided when starting the position and they will receive ongoing guidance from their Program Coordinator. Additionally, they will have the support of the Volunteer Engagement team. 
  • Regional Trails Council (RTC) meetings provide the opportunity to network and learn from fellow volunteer leaders. Knowledge sharing with peers is a fantastic way to grow skills and expertise. 


Responsibility Details  


  • Managing the Lean-tos and Team of Volunteers 
  • Work with the Volunteer Engagement staff and Assistant Lean-to Chair to fill vacant positions.  
  • Support implementation of Trail Conference and applicable land manager policies and practices. 
  • Solve problems beyond the ability of the Caretakers, including coordinating with crews or other help as needed. 
  • Foster a positive culture through recognition of your Caretakers. Nominate outstanding people for the annual awards and help distribute annual recognition items. Host group get-togethers and clean up days. 
  • Identify volunteer training needs and if interested and able, facilitate training opportunities. 
  • Replace volunteers whose work does not meet Trail Conference standards, with support of the Volunteer Engagement team, if attempts to work with them to improve their skills are unsuccessful. 


Big Picture Planning 


  • Identify and prioritize regional lean-to and volunteer needs and resource requirements based on discussions with the Assistant Chair, Crew Leaders, land managers, the Program Coordinator and other applicable parties. 
  • Attend and participate in meetings of the Regional Trails Council (RTC) and other groups/committees of interest.