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Supervisor's Best Practices
A supervisor's job is the care and feeding of maintainers
- Solve problems maintainers cannot or find someone who can
- Take advantage of Trail U workshops such as chainsaw certification, first aid, or trail construction
- Say "NO" and walk away from any situation you determine to be an unacceptable risk; then notify your trails chair and park partner if it is safety hazard to the general public.
- Read the Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)
- Work with maintainer to establish best practices.
- Walk the trail with new maintainers, relay your expectations, discuss any problems with them, and teach them how to report
- Know your maintainers; communicate at least twice a year and support their needs
- If maintainers are not doing trail work or fail to report, find out why and work to resolve the issue.
- Thank them and make sure they receive the Trail Maintenance Manual, a t-shirt, a maintainer patch, and any longevity awards.
- Assess trails based on your observations and maintainer reports
- Know what needs doing based on what your maintainers report and relay that information to your chair
- Compile a list of projects that can be completed by groups that want projects.
On the Ground
- Walk and inspect all trails under your supervision annually
- Request help from your trails chair as needed
- Report trail misuse to your trails chair and by filing the online Illegal Usage Problem Report
Be familiar with the Trail Management Guide.
Take TM 101 so that you know what is currently being taught
Take Supervisor 101
Receive, review, and act on semi annual trail maintenance reports
File Supervisor Summary Report with trail chair in the required time
File trail vacancy and appointment forms in consultation with the trails chair,.
- Know how to submit a trail change and update when completed
- Attend Trails Council and local committee meetings
- Supervise approved trail relocations.
- 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
- Present Trail U courses
- Work at outreach and tabling events
- Develop a trail crew with other supervisors
- Advocate on issues important to your region