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We’re Hiring!

The Connecticut Trail Census is excited to announce that we are looking to hire a full-time Project Coordinator! Job duties will include developing, conducting and evaluating programs related to trails, outdoor recreation, community health, planning, and active transportation to meet the goals of the Trail Census and working closely with the Project Advisory Committee to oversee all aspects of the project including planning, fundraising, data analysis and communication, community outreach, budgeting, administration, evaluating and reporting, and oversight of project staff, volunteers, and interns as needed.  The Coordinator will design, deliver and teach culturally relevant community-based educational programs through a variety of methods. 

The Coordinator will work closely with a wide variety of UConn and external statewide project partners involved in trails related programs and projects.  The Coordinator will be expected to be actively involved in grant writing, and to develop a diverse portfolio of educational materials for Extension clients and scholarly materials for professional peers. The successful candidate will be comfortable being the public face of the program, and be able to effectively convey aspects of the program at meetings and public speaking engagements, and by authoring articles and reports. The successful candidate must have reliable transportation with the ability to travel extensively throughout Connecticut to meet with partners and oversee program equipment and functions.  Mileage reimbursement will be provided.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s Degree in the field of community development, urban and community studies, natural resources, geography, community planning, public health, outdoor recreation, or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience researching and writing managing, or administering grants
  • Demonstrated experience managing programs including budgeting, reporting and evaluation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience developing and teaching education programs for diverse audiences
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Personal transportation and the ability to travel extensively throughout Connecticut required.
  • Ability to work occasional evening or weekend hours.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated interest in trails, non-motorized transportation, public health, recreation, or sustainability
  • Experience developing, managing or promoting trails or experience with trail oriented volunteer and advocacy organizations
  • Experience managing staff, interns and volunteers
  • An understanding of non-motorized traffic count and analysis techniques
  • Experience with survey design and implementation
  • Familiarity with grants or funding sources related to trails, health, and natural resources
  • An understanding of data management and statistical analysis and related analysis and visualization software such as SPSS, STATA, and Tableau
  • Familiarity with the Cooperative Extension System and the land-grant university system.
  • Experience with ESRI/ArcGIS, Qualtrics, Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign, WordPress or social media management

APPOINTMENT TERMS

This is an anticipated full-time (100%) non-tenure track, 11-month position opening contingent on available funding. This position is grant-funded and has an end-date that is subject to annual re-appointments contingent upon satisfactory performance and funding availability. This position includes an outstanding full benefits package including employee and dependent tuition reimbursement at UConn. Salary will be commensurate with successful candidate’s background and experience. This position is anticipated to start Spring 2019.

TO APPLY

Visit the job posting online to apply. Applicants should be ready to submit a letter of application that addresses qualifications identified in the advertisement, a resume or curriculum vita, writing sample, and a list of three references with contact information. Please demonstrate through your written application materials how you meet the minimum qualifications and any of the preferred/desirable qualifications you may also have.

Please reference Search #2019478 in your application submittal.   Screening will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.  Preference will be given to candidates that apply within the first three weeks. 

https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/13540

Applications Now Accepted for 2019 Trail Data Collection

Happy New Year from the Connecticut Trail Census as we plan for this THIRD data collection year! In the 3+ years since the program inception, the goal has remained to make a real impact on the state’s multi-use trail systems. With funding applications completed and submitted, planning continues on proposed program improvements in hopes of good news!

On that regard, we are excited to share that we are hoping to be able to provide more support to our volunteer participants in their efforts to complete the program requirements and utilize the program to its full potential. In order to ensure we make the absolute best use of some new and improved program resources as well as maximize its impact and effectiveness, we are re-evaluating program ‘Trail Sites’, or where the infrared (IR) pedestrian counters are installed and an ‘application’ is required from both currently participating Trail Sites and proposed new Trail Sites. Application will take 5-10 minutes to complete and is due no later that Sunday, January 13, 2019.

Follow this link for more information and to apply.

 

Registration Open for the 3rd Annual CT Trails Symposium

Come mingle with CTTC staff, participants & supporters at the 3rd annual CT Trails Symposium where we will be learning and participating in discussions about efforts in the state integrating trails into the community and vice versa! Sessions will cover the physical connecting of trail systems as well as ensuring that entire diverse communities are able, educated and excited to utilize these trail systems to their full potential. Register Online Here.

Governor’s Greenways Council Presents:
3rd Annual CT Trails Symposium
Thursday October 25th. 9 am – 3 pm
Goodwin College’s East Hartford campus River Room (195 Riverside Drive)

View the Event Agenda

DETAILS

Trails have become a new type of Town Green, a place where all members of our communities can gather, recreate, relax and even commute or travel together. Experts will offer sessions designed to be interactive, so come prepared with your specific questions or concerns. By the end of the Symposium you will have learned how to integrate trail users and get your community more involved with and utilizing your trail systems on many levels.

The keynote speaker is Shalin Desai, a member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) Board of Directors. Desai will speak about the ATC’s and his personal experience with the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) population and he will share diversity, equity and inclusion strategies we can all deploy. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, measuring roughly 2,190 miles in length. The Trail was completed in 1937 and travels through fourteen states. Over 3 million visitors walk a portion of the Trail each year. The population of the trail corridor, its visitors and volunteers is changing. The keynote will consider how the ATC is adapting to and supporting these changes.

Other sessions will include discussions on: Providing accessibility information to trail users; What managed motorized recreation is, who participates and its financial and community impacts; Kingdom Trails of Vermont will share their experiences for building a healthy community and sustaining a healthy economy; What are social determinants of health and how do they relate to greenways; The importance of connected greenways and bicycle routes in urban communities; and more!

REGISTRATION

The registration fee is $25 and includes lunch. Registration will close on October 19. Walk-ins will be welcomed as long as seats are available. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-ct-trails-symposium-tickets-49896991244

GOODWIN TRAILS GRAND OPENING

Registrants are invited to stay after the event to attend the Goodwin College Trails Grand Opening, beginning at 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Pavillion at the South Meadows Greenway. Bus transportation will be provided to and from the event. Please email cblake@goodwin.edu if you are planning to attend the Grand Opening.

Come join us!

The CTTC team at the Symposium in 2017

 

 

CTTC Coordinator Kristina delivering a program update

 

CTTC staff and attending volunteer group photo!

2nd Data Collection Season

The CTTC team is happy to announce that all Trail Site Coordinators (TSCs) have been trained in the program updates that were developed using lessons learned from the pilot year! This means that the 2nd data collection season is underway! Things to keep in mind:

  • Each trail should aim to collect 100 surveys at varied times and days throughout the summer and fall.
  • 10 hours of manual counts should be completed throughout the season. Scan forms and email them to cttrailccensus@gmail.com and send originals in pre-paid envelopes with surveys (wait until envelopes are full to send!).
  • This is bug season! Last year, several trails lost weeks of data due to bugs nesting in the IR Counter boxes and covering the heat-sensing scope. TSCs and volunteers should be checking the counters frequently! We recommend using a Q-tip to clean the scope even if it appears clear.
  • TSCs: Please submit all current volunteer hours by the end of June. Track it Forward website.
  • Have fun and take pictures! Post pictures of your data collection trips on the CTTC Facebook page using #cttrailcensus.

 

Other news:

  • New logo! CTTC worked with a design team to develop a new color scheme and logo design for the program. Let us know what you think!
  • Full-color summary reports are now available! These 4-page (2-page double sided) packets are designed to quickly and concisely illustrate the impact of each trail on its community according the CTTC data. Scroll to the bottom of the data page to take a look!
  • Going forward, we will not be producing Quarterly Reports. Instead, the data will be uploaded to the interactive data portal each quarter.
  • First quarter 2018 IR count trail use data is now live on the data portal. The totals listed on the default page represent the uses for the first quarter of 2018 (January, February & March).  Last year’s data can be viewed by clicking the red “2017 Adjusted Counts” button.

Click here to view the latest newsletter and please contact the Statewide Coordinator (cttrailcensus@gmail.com) if you have any questions or would like to get involved in the program.

Recording of Recent Webinar Now Available

For those who were not able to attend the recent webinar which provided an in depth analysis and discussion of the 2017 Trail Census data, the webinar recording is now available via the UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR)’s website.

Follow this link to view the recording of the webinar at your convenience: https://clear.uconn.edu/webinars/index.htm.

 

Title: “Digging into the 2017 CTTC Data”, Original Presentation Date: April 3, 2018
Presented By Kristina Kelly, Connecticut Trail Census Statewide Coordinator, Laura Brown, Community and Economic Development Educator with UConn Extension and Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), and Aaron Budris, Senior Regional Planner for the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments

Run Time: 00:46:38

 

 

Upcoming Webinar: Digging into the 2017 CTTC Data!

Announcing: “Digging into the 2017 CTTC Data” interactive webinar! Offered as a companion to last month’s release of the 2017 CTTC count and survey data, the webinar will serve as a “guided tour” of the data. Objectives include walking attendees through how to interpret the data, pointing out interesting patterns in data and key takeaways, and discussing the myriad of potential applications this data could have in improving our state’s trail systems.

 

This webinar will be hosted by the following members of the CTTC Team: Kristina (Statewide Coordinator), Laura (UCONN Extension Educator), and Aaron (Senior Regional Planner for NVCOG). Cost is free, but registration is required.

Click here to register.

CTTC Data Shows Impressive Winter Usage

A story published in the New Haven Independent dated January 16th, 2018, features CT Trail Census’ Site Coordinator for the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail New Haven, Aaron Goode.

Photo: Markeshia Ricks, New Haven Independent

In the article, Goode advocates for developers and city planners to consider the benefits of the trail beyond recreational users. He uses CTTC IR counter data to illustrate the point that people are using the trail in high numbers even in the winter when the trail isn’t plowed. This suggests that people may be using the trail for commuting and that the city should plow and maintain the trail during the winter months.

Being able to present exact trail usage data such as that which CTTC’s IR counters collect is extremely beneficial when advocating for trail maintenance, improvements and construction.

Click here or copy the following link into your browser to read the full article.

http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/munson_canal/

Downtowns & Trails Initiative

The Connecticut Trail Census team has been collaborating on an exciting new project out of the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Cooperative Extension. The project, called Downtowns & Trails, focuses on trails as a “natural amenity” and the connection between trails and the development of downtown community spaces. An end goal of the project is to create a guide for those interested in economic development through the inclusion and promotion of trails in downtown areas. This will be achieved by establishing a network where knowledge and experiences relating to economic development and trails may be shared. The Downtowns & Trails initiative also anticipates researching what conditions will make for a successful downtowns and trails initiative by visiting locations who have successfully implemented similar ideas in the past.

CTTC collects economic data from trail users with its Intercept Surveys by asking if and how those surveyed plan on spending money on their current trip to the trail. Trail users can select a spending category such as meals at a restaurant, lodging, or retail and estimate how much they plan on spending. With the spring and fall survey sessions resulting in the collection of over 1,000 surveys in its pilot year, the Census expects to gather an impressive amount of economic data to support surveying as a useful data collection method applicable to the Downtowns & Trails project model.

Earlier this fall, Laura and Kristina worked together with collaborators from UNH, Vermont, Washington, and Kentucky on a proposal for the 2017-2018 Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NRCRD) Small Grants Program and are pleased to announce that the proposal was accepted and the grant awarded! In January, they will attend an in-person workshop at UNH to develop the project and to plan a visit to Kentucky to learn from their Trail Towns Program.

For more information, visit these links:

https://extension.unh.edu/articles/Exploring-Paths-Vibrant-Downtowns

https://www.kentuckytourism.com/industry/industry/adventure.aspx