Manager, Trail Development

Outreach/ Advocacy
Planning/ Land Use
Program Management

Skill Level: Mid Level

Position Type: Full Time

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is a national nonprofit organization advocating for healthier places for healthier people by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines and connecting corridors. RTC advocates for policies that support trail and active transportation systems, and inspires and empowers communities to build trail systems as an integral part of livable communities.

Founded in 1986, RTC is one of the most respected trail, walking and bicycling advocacy organizations in the nation with more than 150,000 members and supporters. After helping create more than 21,000 miles of rail-trail during the last 26 years, RTC has an ambitious goal for the future: By 2020, 90 percent of Americans will live within 3 miles of a trail system.

To that end, our Campaign for Active Transportation seeks to double federal investment in trails, biking and walking as a step toward making trail systems accessible to virtually all Americans. RTC is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Position Overview:

This position is responsible for the delivery of all levels of trail development technical assistance including supporting Director in the management and implementation of technical assistance contracts, products and services and working with the trail development team to coordinate and manage delivery of programmatic services.

For a detailed job announcement go to our website and click on careers at the bottom of the page.


  • Provide technical assistance, education, and training to trail builders and advocates;
  • Manage a portfolio of place-based and research driven technical assistance projects;
  • Create web content for RTC’s project portfolio to highlight and promote our varying levels of assistance (fee-for-service consulting and “free technical assistance”);
  • Assist in identifying and developing grant and contract proposals to fund trail development programs and in-depth technical assistance projects;
  • Research, prepare and disseminate resource materials such as fact sheets and studies; and
  • Organize and conduct workshops to develop local trail advocacy networks.


  • B.S. or B.A. degree from a college or university in urban and regional planning, environmental studies or related field, masters degree preferred;
  • 3-5 years experience in urban and regional planning or related field;
  • 2 years project management experience;
  • park, trail and/or non-motorized transportation planning experience;
  • Excellent written and oral skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills.
To Apply:
Mail, fax or email resume and cover letter detailing your interest in RTC and your qualifications for the position to:
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Attn: Elton Clark, Human Resources
2121 Ward Court, NW, 5th floor
Washington, DC 20037
Choose only one form of transmitting your resume – and please, no phone calls. In-person interviews will commence in early to mid January 2013.
RTC is an equal opportunity employer and seeks qualified candidates regardless of race, color, gender, disability, or national origin. Women and diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.
Washington, District of Columbia
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Human Resources