Pinhoti Trail Assessment

Expected Dates
October 19, 2020 to December 11, 2020
Alabama Trails Foundation Inc.
Position ID
Project Summary: To provide a spatially referenced assessment of trail conditions within Sections 3 & 4 of the Alabama Pinhoti Trail (approximately 28 miles).   Conditions to reference Forest Service trail classifications as well as locations indicative of non-sustainable designs or use.  Conditions to be noted include: Existing built features (signs, shelters, culverts, bridges, etc.); unauthorized trail use (horses, ATV, camping, etc.); vandalism (dump sites, graffiti, etc.) and natural features (NNIS, water sources, snags, etc.).  Reference photos will be requested.   The goal is to establish an inventory of the trail so we can assess if the trail is managed to standard and for the short term build the platform for a NEPA document that will allow us to bring in a crew this fall to realign and rehab the trail as needed.
Skill sets:  Ability to orient safely using maps and GPS equipment. Ability to interpret FS guidelines on trail conditions.  Ability to record data via drop down menus.  Ability to manage data by downloads, processing and sending to another user.  Potentially the ability to develop/edit drop down menus to adapt to local conditions.  Base GIS data will be provided and include the route of the trail and nearby road system.  Incumbent will need to document portions of the trail that are not constructed as a trail (old roadbeds) as well as noting locations where the trail is near an access point for unauthorized use.  This may require survey beyond the footprint of the trail.  Supervision would be performed remotely; however local trail users and outfitters may be assigned for check-ins and assistance with orientation. 
Working Conditions: Sections 3 and 4 of the Alabama Pinhoti Trail are often arduous with exposed rocks and steep slopes.  See enclosed maps for topography.  There are numerous open roads transecting with the trail to provide daily access.  No shelters are available along these two sections.  Local volunteers are available for water and supply drops.   Vehicle access to trailheads can be achieved by highway vehicles; 4X4 may be needed for interior roads.

Compensation Details:
  • One-time travel allowance: $1,100 (personal vehicle is required)
  • Weekly living allowance: $600 / week 
  • Sections 3 & 4 of the Pinhoti Trail in the Talladega National Forest. Nearby towns include Talladega, Sylacauga, and Ashland
  • OJT - Trimble GPS data recording and management
    OJT - Interpreting Forest Service trail design guidelines and policy
  • The project area, located in east Alabama, is blessed with natural resources. From the mountains to the north to lakes and rivers the area offers a variety of outdoor recreation.
    Within an hour or so, are the larger cities of Birmingham and Atlanta.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Geographic Info Systems (GIS, includes GPS)
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
competent without supervision
Data Entry
competent without supervision
competent without supervision
competent without supervision
Trail Maintenance
competent without supervision