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March 14/04 10:21 am - IMBA News

Posted by Editoress on 03/14/04

Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Program Seeks New Team

IMBA is looking to hire a full-time, professional two-person team for the highly successful Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program. Application deadline is March 19, 2004.

This position requires a passion for mountain biking, excellent communication skills, a basic knowledge of trailwork and team compatibility. The Crew will travel nearly all year in a 2004 Subaru Outback. The application deadline is March 19, 2004.

For the last seven years, the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crews have traveled the world, sharing their trailbuilding expertise with volunteers, land managers and trail advocates. As a direct result, thousands of miles of appealing, environmentally sustainable trails have been built or revitalized. The crews have contributed to the trails community and mountain biking opportunities in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and several European countries.

Sponsored by Subaru of America and directed by IMBA, the Trail Care Crews work with IMBA-affiliated mountain bike clubs, land managers, and other trail user groups to solve trail management challenges. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crews improve trail conditions and trail experiences for everyone.

Now IMBA is looking for the newest team in a long line of dedicated trail professionals. Although the position is not for everyone, couples who enjoy travel and adventure, love to work outside and want to help improve trails and mountain biking are encouraged to apply. IMBA is asking the Crew make a two-year commitment.

Job Description/Primary Responsibilities

•: Lead IMBA Trailbuilding Schools designed for mountain bikers, other trail users and land management agency personnel.
•: Lead volunteer trailwork projects involving members of IMBA-affiliated mountain bike clubs, other mountain bikers and trail users, and land managers.
•: Meet with mountain bikers, land managers and other trail user groups to share trailbuilding expertise on design and construction of new trails, and maintenance and restoration of existing trails.
•: Help solve trail management challenges through sharing information about successful trail design philosophy and construction techniques.
•: Communicate regularly by phone and email with the program director based in the IMBA office in Boulder.
•: Communicate regularly with local coordinators at upcoming visit locations.
•: Submit written journals and digital photos from the road on a regular basis for the IMBA website.
•: Submit short written pieces for IMBA Trail News (topics will be assigned by IMBA).
•: Conduct bike shop and sporting goods store presentations showcasing IMBA's work and great places to ride around the world.

Other Responsibilities

Represent IMBA, the Trail Care Crew program, the sport of mountain biking, and Subaru of America in a positive, professional manner at all times.


This position requires: 1) Passion for mountain biking and trails 2) A very strong relationship with your spouse/long-time significant other (who will be your partner in this job) and the ability to spend a great deal of time with each other 3) Sense of adventure 4) Flexibility 5) Positive attitude 6) Good writing skills 7) Strong diplomacy skills 8) Comfortable speaking to large groups 9) Computer savvy (ideal candidate will be proficient with Macintosh computers, software applications including Word, Excel, Outlook, Explorer, and proficient using the internet and email, PhotoShop, Illustrator, Quark and Filemaker experience helpful) 10) Experience working with volunteers is desirable 11) Basic knowledge of trail design, construction and maintenance practices and techniques.


IMBA provides

•: A monthly salary, plus a travel and living expense stipend
•: Comprehensive medical benefits, including dental (available immediately)
•: Deferred compensation retirement plan option
•: Use of the official Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew 2004 Outback

Please send a resume and cover letter to Aaryn Kay at or to IMBA, P.O. Box 7578, Boulder, CO 80306 by Friday, March 19. The selected applicants will start work in May 2004.

IMBA to Host 80 Trailbuilding Schools in 2004

Two Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crews have hit the road again on an 11-month tour of North America. These professional trail experts will conduct 85 events in 32 U.S states and three Canadian provinces. The 2004 tour features 80 two-day IMBA Trailbuilding Schools, presentations at 5 national conferences, and 10 statewide trainings.

"Our Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crews are widely respected - in fact, revered - for their trailbuilding and trail management expertise," said IMBA executive director Tim Blumenthal. "Unprecedented demand for crew visits will make the 2004 schedule the most ambitious since the program's inception in 1997."

Sponsored by Subaru of America, Inc. and directed by IMBA, the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crews have worked in all 50 states and18 countries in the last seven years. The Crews have taught thousands of volunteers and land managers the art of building sustainable trails.

Crew leaders, Mark Schmidt and Lora Woolner, of Ontario, Canada, have returned for a third year. Nat and Rachael Lopes, of Northern California, became the newest Subaru/IMBA team. Collectively, they'll work on almost 100 trails and inspire more than 100,000 hours of volunteer trailwork in 2004.

IMBA Trailbuilding Schools are generally hosted by IMBA-affiliated clubs, and blend interactive learning and hands-on trailwork to develop skilled trailworkers and crew leaders. For more details, go to

2004 Trailbuilding Schools
Feb 5-8 - Reno, NV
Feb 12-15 - Morgan Hill, CA
Feb 19-22 - Raymond, CA
Feb 26-29 - Albuquerque, NM
March 4-7 - San Luis Obispo, CA
March 4-7 - Toronto, ON
March 10-11 - Bass Lake, CA
March 12-15 - Piedra, CA
March 18-21 - Sunrise, FL
March 22 - Belleview, FL
March 25-28 - Folsom, CA
March 25-28 - Huntsville, AL
April 1-4 - Chico, CA
April 1-4 - Columbia, SC
April 8-11 - Cobb, CA
April 15-18 - Loudonville, OH
April 22-25 - Auburn, CA
April 22-25 - Blacksburg, VA
April 27-28 - Millboro, VA
April 29-May 2 - Flagstaff, AZ
May 1-2 - Millboro, VA
May 6-9 - Moab, UT
May 6-9 - Pittsburgh, PA
May 12 - Fayetteville, NY
May 13-16 - Winemucca, NV
May 14-16 - Toronto, ON
May 19 - Salamanca, NY
May 20-23 - Ely, NV
May 20-23 - Buffalo, NY
May 27-30 - Austin, NV
June 4-8 - Westminster, MD
June 10-13 - Danville, VA
June 17-20 - TBD
June 17-20 - Anchorage/Palmer, AK
June 24-27 - TBD, CT
June 24-27 - Fairbanks, AK
July 8-11 - Bainbridge, WA
July 8-11 - Mt Kisco, NY
July 15-18 - Kelowna, BC
July 15-18 - York, PA
July 22-25 - Helena, MT
July 22-25 - Hanover, NH
July 27 - Albany, NY
July 29-Aug 1 - Bozeman, MT
July 29-Aug 1 - Columbus, OH
Aug 5-8 - Lansing, MI
Aug 10-12 - TBD, CO
Aug 12-15 - Glenwood Springs, CO
Aug 12-15 - Cadillac, MI
August 18-20 - Vancouver, BC
Aug 19-22 - Brian Head, UT
Aug 19-22 - Cable, WI
Aug 26-29 - Farmington, NM
Aug 26-29 - East Gwillimburgy, ON


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