(L-R) Ryan Grant, Nate Lopez and Annie Dunckel

Trail Crew, Albemarle County Parks & Recreation

Your job title is trail crew. What, in your own words, would you say you do?
We build new trails and maintain the Albemarle County Department of Parks and Recreation’s 65 miles of multi-use trails, work with volunteers and build footbridges.
What is the best part of your job? The most difficult part?
We all love having the chance to work outdoors, and it’s wonderful to receive feedback about our work from trail users. We also see great wildlife and eat a lot of wild berries.
The most difficult part of the job is definitely dealing with ticks, chiggers and poison ivy.
How does your job most directly impact the average person?
Our community has over 60 miles of well-used trails that are used for activities like hiking, biking and horseback riding, so all of the people who like to get outside are benefiting from the work that we do.
What is the most interesting project or work experience that you’ve had while with the County?
We are currently working on doubling the amount of trails at Preddy Creek Trails Park, our most popular hiking, mountain biking, and horse back riding park. 
What is a little-known fact about you?
Annie is a DJ on 91.1 FM WTJU, as is Ryan, who also plays in several bands around Charlottesville. In addition to building trails in Albemarle, Nate also works as an audio engineer.