Employment Opportunities

Noland Trail Assistant (part-time)

    • Job Tracking ID: 512466-564559
    • Job Location: Newport News, VA
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Level of Education: High School/GED
    • Job Type: Part-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: February 14, 2017
    • Years of Experience: Less Than 1 Year
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:


Primarily maintains and repairs the Noland Trail. The goal is to keep the trail in as pristine condition as possible. Also will be primarily involved with the Noland Trail Re-Surfacing Project as a primary job responsibility. Assists minimally with routine Noland Trail maintenance tasks when not involved with Trail re-surfacing.



  • Primary Job Requirement: fully assist with the Noland Trail Re-Surfacing Project. Assist the Noland Trail Technician with transporting any specified Noland Trail re-surfacing materials to selected locations along the trail path. These products will be dumped and graded to smooth surface and fill low areas. All other Noland Trail duties will be secondary to this primary job requirement.
  • Assist with Noland Trail recovery after weather events.
  • Keep buffer zone on either side of the trail surface clear of unwanted vegetation by mowing, line trimming or applying appropriate herbicide. (buffer zone: first 5 feet on either side of trail surface)
  • Clear the trail surface of leaves, gumballs, pine needles, sticks, limbs, trash and other debris. Clear all bridges of any debris, including vegetation and eroded trail material on the ends.
  • Waste removal: ensure trash receptacles and dog feces cleanup stations are serviced daily as needed; dispose of animal feces from trail areas; dispose of other materials such as dead animals as needed.
  • Clear out any potentially hazardous debris (large logs and rocks, trash, limbs, etc.) in the buffer zone along both sides of trail.
  • Clean trench drains and drain boxes, any drainage swales and drain dips in the trail surface and buffer zones. Repair erosion problems (rills/gullies that are 1/4" deep and greater).
  • Accomplish minor repairs to wooden structures such as bridges and overlooks. (reset nails that pop out, replace cracked walking planks and hand rails with new boards, remove graffiti, clean off animal feces). Repair or recommend replacing any picnic tables, pavilions, signs and other wooden structures along the trail or in the park.
  • Remove manageable-sized hazard trees within the park and along the trail. Remove fallen trees from the trail surface and buffer zones to keep pathway clear for people.
  • Install approved structures and develop methods to improve the trail (drain ditches, culverts, retaining walls, drains)
  • Maintain and repair signage including stone markers, diverters, drains, retaining walls, and any edging along the trail surface.
  • Provide access to park visitors as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned such as: shop support and other interdepartmental assistance.


Experience and Skills:

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate effectively and positively with visitors and other customers both one-on-one and in groups.


Education, Licensure, Certifications:

  • High school graduate or GED required.
  • At least 1 year of related experience preferred.


Conditions of Employment:

  • Valid State of Virginia driver’s license with a good DMV record required.
  • The individual in this position may be required to enter secure areas within the Museum thus be subject to a background check performed by Protection Services.


The Mariners' Museum offers a comprehensive benefits package for regular full-time staff, and their eligible dependents which includes medical and dental insurance (cost-sharing involved) as well as term life insurance, long-term disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, and a 403(b) pension plan. In addition, paid vacation, sick leave, and holiday pay is provided to all regular full-time staff.

The Mariners' Museum is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access employer and actively encourages applications from minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.