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Internship, San Francisco, Calif.
Posted 08/22/13

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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.

RTC's California Field Office is a small office of three, where you can have a big impact on our work!
Intern assignments are tailored to match the volunteer's interests and skills. We provide direct technical assistance and program support to community groups, trail advocates and local governments. We also work at the local, state and federal levels to promote policies that fund the development of an active pedestrian transportation network to improve health and the environment.

Research Opportunities: RTC conducts research on a national level to support a variety of best-practices and innovation. Interns have the opportunity to work with our research director in Washington D.C. to develop projects for academic research or thesis work.

The ideal candidate should be currently enrolled at a college or university, looking for course credit, and able to commit to a semester's worth of work (3 months).

Current Policy, Trail Development and Research Areas:

  • Policy Research & MAP-21: RTC supports legislation on a national and regional level that improves access to trails. Research about the effectiveness of national policies and funding dispersal methods is needed to improve strategies for success and smart planning.
  • Urban Pathways and Active Transportation: Walking and biking improves health, strengthens communities, and decreases carbon emissions. Research to quantify the impact of active transportation on health and climate change is needed to support future funding.
  • T-MAP: RTC has extensive experience conducting trail counts nationwide. Infrared counters capture usage times and volumes to analyze trends connected to geographic location, demographics, infrastructure, and programming. Synthesis is needed to analyze this data to improve infrastructure and program effectiveness.
  • Spatial Analysis: Mapping software is used to review thousands of miles of interconnected trail systems across the US. This data helps us identify gaps in connectivity and development needs for locations across the country.

Internship Responsibilities May Also Include:

  • Writing and media development for our blog, website and magazine
  • Grant-writing and project support (public meetings, event planning)
  • Outreach to community contacts for project updates
  • Answering technical assistance calls and general administrative support

Although the position is unpaid,volunteers enjoy the benefits of working in downtown San Francisco, in a casual but professional atmosphere. Easily accessible by BART and Muni, the office is located in San Francisco's financial district, surrounded by restaurants and shops. Nearby cultural attractions include the SF Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Gardens, and the hip SOMA and Mission District.

To Apply send cover letter and resume to: Please do not contact the Western Regional Office. Preferred emailing resumes and cover letters to: CC:; Mail materials to: ATTN Elton Clark, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Duke Ellington Building, 2121 Ward Court, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20037

RTC is an equal opportunity employer and seeks qualified candidates regardless of race, color, gender, disability, or national origin. Women and diverse applicants are encouraged to apply.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
The Duke Ellington Building
2121 Ward Ct., NW
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20037