Manager of Trail Development, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Posted by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy on July 13, 2015
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), a nonprofit organization with more than 160,000 members and supporters, is the nation’s largest trails organization dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Founded in 1986, RTC’s national office is located in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
This position is located in our Camden Office in New Jersey.
The Manager for Trail Development will be responsible for implementing and assisting with strategic projects in the 10-state Northeast Region, with special emphasis on New Jersey and the Philadelphia region. The manager, who will report to RTC’s Northeast Regional Director, will work out of an office located in the Metro Camden, New Jersey, region and work day-to-day with RTC’s Circuit Project Manager.
As a member of RTC’s national Trail Development team, this position will play a pivotal role in implementing RTC’s trail development projects and partnerships with trail managers, citizen advocates, related nonprofits and public agencies. This can take several forms, including managing trail study contracts or grants, providing technical assistance to trail development partners, and cultivating trail groups to join RTC in coalitions behind a particular initiative at a local, regional or state level. Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Responding to all rail-trail inquiries via phone and RTC’s general Northeast inbox
- Leading priority projects, with a special emphasis on rail-with-trail and transit-with-trail projects
- Assisting trails groups and agencies with maintenance, operation and management templates
- Coordinating with trail network project committees, members, stakeholders, funders, consultants and advocates on priority projects
- Researching, preparing and disseminating resource and best-management-practices materials
- Inputting data in order to maintain geographic information systems (GIS) of open/project trails and unused rail corridors
- Designing and deploying trail user surveys, including monitoring and tabulating the survey data
- Deploying automated trail counters, monitoring the counters and maintaining them
- Assisting regional and national staff in developing grants and contracts
- Securing and helping to deliver grant and contract-based trail work
- Participating in state and regional forums and committees to further RTC partnerships
- Leading or helping with local RTC events that promote priority trails or programs
- Other program-related duties as assigned by supervisor, e.g., assisting with trail policy goals within the region
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