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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 the Philadelphia region, likely Camden, N.J., part of RTC’s 10-state Northeast Regional Office.

Job Summary

The Project Manager (PM) for Trail Development and Advocacy will be responsible for coordinating RTC's role with projects of national significance in the Northeast Region. The PM will report to RTC's Northeast Regional Director. Currently, the main focus is the Circuit— Philadelphia's regional trail system—a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. To date, 300+ miles have been built. RTC has been tasked with carrying out a series of trail development initiatives towards the build out of the Circuit trail network. 

Serving as RTC's central manager for the Circuit project, the PM will:

  • In conjunction with RTC’s Northeast Regional Office and National Office in D.C., lead the implementation of RTC’s trail development strategy for the Circuit
  • Coordinate with the Circuit Steering Committee and other Circuit committees as necessary
  • Develop meaningful relationships with Circuit stakeholders, local leaders, funders, consultants and trail advocates toward the implementation of the Circuit’s vision
  • Manage RTC’s grant budget for the Circuit, track all grant deliverables and write all RTC Circuit-related grant reports
  • Identify and lead trail development opportunities within the footprint of the Circuit

As a member of RTC's national trail development team, this position will also assist in the delivery of all levels of trail development technical assistance and serve as an advocate for trail policy and funding. This can take several forms, including: managing trail study contracts or grants, providing assistance to the general public and convincing trail groups to join RTC in coalitions behind a particular initiative at the regional, state or federal level.

Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Managing a portfolio of technical assistance projects in the Circuit region
  • Organize outreach and communication with local trail advocacy networks, local leaders  and volunteers
  • Participate in state and regional forums and committees to further RTC's partnerships
  • Research, prepare and disseminate resource materials
  • Educate and train regional constituents
  • Prepare planning documents and generate revenue through project consulting work; and assist regional and national staff in developing grants and contracts
  • Input data in order to maintain a geographic information systems (GIS) database of open/projected trails and unused rail corridors
  • Secure and participate in contracted trail work to ensure the northeast office's sound financial footing and involvement in on-the-ground projects
  • Other program-related duties as assigned by supervisor


This position requires a minimum of three years of experience, in some combination of the following backgrounds: urban and regional planning, public administration, natural resource planning, bike-ped/active-transportation planning and advocacy, landscape architecture or nonprofit management. The duties of this position demand an experienced self-starter with excellent skills in building and maintaining collaborative and strategic relationships with RTC staff, community leaders and other transportation, recreation, conservation, economic development, health and community-based organizations. The successful candidate will be organized and efficient and able to consistently deliver professional quality work on time and on budget. Other requirements include the following:

  • Experience as a project manager (ideally related to trails, bike-ped or city planning), leading, completing and effectively delegating complex tasks in a remote team environment
  • Ability to complete work in an unstructured and informal environment, with limited supervision
  • Ability to work on complex assignments independently while using a high level of judgment, tact and initiative in resolving problems and developing recommendations
  • Excellent research, writing, public speaking and time-management skills
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a multi-partnership team and leverage staff and partners at all levels, while successfully integrating team contributions and perspectives 
  • Proficiency in GIS is desirable as well as good computer skills in word processing, PowerPoint, Excel and database management 
  • Problem solving skills, creativity, flexibility and self-motivation

Work Environment

Small office setting with low noise level with some night/weekend travel required. This position will involve frequent local day travel within the Circuit project sites and occasional regional travel within the greater Northeast. Travel will be mostly within Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, but on occasion to the headquarters office in D.C. and other national venues. Candidates must be willing and able to ride a bicycle for moderate periods, and drive and travel by train or airplane, and must hold a valid, current driver's license.

Employer's Rights

RTC reserves the right to revise, change or reclassify this job description at any time in accordance with our business needs. This job description is by no means an implied contract. 

How to Apply

Please use one form of transmitting your resume. No phone calls please. Recruiters please do not contact our offices.

Mail, fax or email cover letter, résumé and three professional references to:

Elton A. Clark
Human Resources Manager
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
The Duke Ellington Building
2121 Ward Court, NW, 5th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20037

Fax: 202.223.9257