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Trail design manager - Perth


At Common Ground Trails, we are proud of our flexible, supportive, hardworking, but fun working environment that fosters excellence, creativity, and human connection. Our awesome team, plan, design, and build incredible walk and mountain bike trails, pump tracks, skills parks, play spaces and facilities throughout Australia. Our business is growing rapidly, and we are looking for great people to join our team – to help us to achieve our vision of reshaping the world to create outdoor enthusiasts. Located in beautiful Margaret River, our head office is on the trails with riding, hiking, and running in all directions. We also have teams working remotely across Australia and Canada in a number of equally amazing locations.


We are currently looking for our next legend – Manager – Trail Design to help meet existing and growing demand for our trail design services, and to help us deliver on our mission to a broader client base.


The position:

The Manager – Trail Design is required to:

  • Lead and manage the trail design function, department, and team;

  • Understand the vision of Common Ground Trails, clients, and communities and lead and manage all trail projects accordingly;

  • Ensure all trail design projects are completed on time, within budget, and in accordance with contract and project deliverables;

  • Manage the day-to-day delivery of assigned projects to project completion.

Our perfect candidate will have:

  • Tertiary qualification in landscape architecture or similar;

  • A minimum of 5 years of landscape architecture experience;

  • Experience working in the trail industry and in trail design;

  • Experience in the leadership and management of a function, department, and team or willingness to learn and develop relevant skills;

  • Experience in project management and project delivery related to trail design with a focus on achieving results on time and within budget;

  • Experience in the use of GPS devices in the field and with processing and manipulating spatial data using GIS software packages to produce maps and other supporting outputs.

Our preference is that this position works from our office in Margaret River. We may consider a hybrid arrangement for the right person. This position requires travel and fieldwork. Some fieldwork locations are remote.


What we offer:

  • An opportunity to join a progressive, fast-growing business in a developing and evolving industry where your contribution will have a meaningful and positive impact on the world;

  • A hardworking, fun working culture and team, where we do a great job because we enjoy where we work and the legends we work with;

  • Clients and projects that will energise you. We push the boundaries to design and construct innovative walk and mountain bike trails, pump tracks, skills parks, and play spaces across Australia;

  • A working base in our Margaret River office;

  • Outstanding mentorship from recognised industry leaders and subject matter experts, as well as opportunities to develop in our growing company and your career; and

  • A great salary commensurate with experience and demonstrated abilities.

More about who we are:

Common Ground Trails specialises in walk and mountain bike trail and pump track-related services. Our team is a mix of experienced, skilled, and talented landscape architects, urban designers, trail builders, and other professionals who collaborate to deliver outstanding outcomes. We offer a professional perspective on services including:

  • Planning;

  • Design; and

  • Construction.

We are also experienced and passionate mountain bikers and trail users. We aim to infuse our enthusiasm into every project we undertake, from major destination development to small-scale volunteer projects and we have completed numerous successful and acclaimed public and private projects.

Our work is exciting, it's fast-paced, it's challenging, and it's fun. We get to stand back at the end of a project and see what we've built. People get outdoors, get active, and connect with nature when they ride or walk our trails and tracks. This helps to create outdoor enthusiasts, and we feel really good about this.


What's next…

If you'd like to take the next step to work with us in this position, then we'd love to hear from you. Apply via Seek, attaching a cover letter and your resume, and addressing the criteria above. Please contact Katie at dreamjob@trails.com.au or on 0499 464 564 if you have any questions.

All applications will be held in strict confidence.

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