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Chair's Best Practices
A chair's job is to build relationships and tap into resources
- Keep your program coordinator informed; build a relationship with your park partners; communicate frequently to build a partnership
- Build a strong trail committee such that they know you will work on problems they have trouble solving
- Take advantage of Trail U workshops and encourage your committee to do so as well.
- Say "NO" and walk away from any situation you determine to be an unacceptable risk; then notify your program coordinator and park partner if it is safety hazard to the general public.
- Read the Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)
- Thank your supervisors during National Volunteer Week and at the end of the year
- Nominate volunteers for awards for which they are eligible
- Ensure that your supervisors and their maintainers get all of the longevity awards to which they are entitled
- Work with supervisors to establish best practices
- Walk trails with a new supervisor in his/her park, relay your expectations, discuss any problems with them, and teach them how to report
- If supervisors are having problems with maintainers, unable to provide support, or fail to report, find out why and work to resolve the issue.
- Set a good example to your supervisors, take on an optional responsibility and encourage them to do so as well.
Plan and Budget
- Assess trails using your observations and supervisor and maintainer reports
- Compile a list of projects based on what needs doing based on what your supervisors report; determine priorities; include estimated manpower, hours, and cost of materials
On the Ground
- Participate in updating the Trail Maintenance Guide
- Be familar with your area, by visiting all reported problem areas and other trails as time permits
- Consult with your program coordinator on a regualar basis
- Handle reported trail problems and illegal usage, assign to others to solve, and track their completion.
- Maintain a list of projects suitable for youth or groups; include estimated manpower, hours, and cost of materials
Be familiar with the Trail Management Guide.
Take Supervisor 101 so you know what is being taught
Receive, review, and act upon semi annual supervisor reports
File Trail Chair Report with the Volunteer Coordinator and Program Coodinator in the required time frame
Send a report to your program coodinator and partners which includes major projects completed, hours worked, the associated value, and projected projects
File trail vacancy and appointment forms in consultation with your supervisors
- Submit a trail change and update when completed
- Supervise approved trail relocations
- Attend Trails Council and chair local committee meetings
- Update information for Trail Conference publications and maps
- Be familiar with the Volunteer Handbook and Youth Policy
Assume responsibility for one or more of the following
- Become a certified chain sawyer or swamper
- Present Trail U courses
- Help keep Trail Mangement Guide current
- Work at outreach and tabling events
- Develop a trail crew with your supervisors
- Advocate on issues important to your region
- Review map changes before printing