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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 building a nation connected by trails. We reimagine public spaces to create safe ways for everyone to walk, bike and be active outdoors. Founded in 1986, RTC’s national office is located in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Connect with RTC at and on social media @railstotrails.

Job Location

This position is located in RTC’s national office in downtown Washington, D.C., and is easily accessible from Metro’s red, orange, silver and blue lines. However, due to COVID-19 staff are telecommuting.

Position Summary

RTC’s Trail Development Department is seeking a recent graduate or current landscape architecture student to help build our graphic library and spatial design considerations for our TrailNation™ portfolio of trail network projects. This portfolio includes projects that connect urban, suburban and rural areas in a wide range of geographies across the country. While many trail projects are focused on disused railroad corridors, each project has different circumstances and opportunities in the retrofitting of the built environment outside of railroad rights-of-way.


This position will report to the TrailNation director and coordinate with project managers in developing landscape-architecture-style graphics in support of various projects, as needed. Types of design work may include the following:

  • Conceptual renderings
  • Section drawings
  • Illustrative drawings
  • Illustrative maps and diagrams
  • Precedent boards
  • Data visualization through use of graphics


  • Recently completed or more than halfway through an accredited landscape architecture program (BLA or MLA track) with the ability to fit up to 20 hours of work per week into your schedule
  • Excellent communication skills: ability to interact with colleagues and external partners productively and professionally via phone, in person, in writing and over online video meeting software
  • Knowledgeable about or willing to learn best practices of multiuse trail design standards for active transportation networks in a diverse range of communities
  • Familiarity with and ability to read municipal master plans, conceptual, community-based plans, landscape plans, and design documents, and the ability to create compelling visual graphics to enable broad audiences to understand what those plans may look like when constructed
  • Familiarity of and professional competency with the Adobe Suite, SketchUp, ArcGIS or other design tools to create compelling drawings that will be used as communications tools with decision-makers, grassroots activists and the public. (Examples of such materials include, but are not limited to: section drawings, conceptual renderings, axonometric drawings, precedent boards, landscape plan drawings, illustrative drawings, illustrative maps and site analysis diagrams.)
  • Ability to work remotely and follow direction with the independence that remote work requires
  • Excellent time management skills

Work Environment

Normal office setting with low to moderate noise level. We will work with successful applicants to solve technology needs to ensure a positive remote work experience.

Employer's Rights

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

How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, please email with the following:

  • The position you are applying for in the subject line

  • A résumé (as a separate attachment)

  • A cover letter that includes a brief statement about your personal background or experiences that demonstrate your potential to contribute to RTC’s commitment to create an inclusive and diverse workplace.​

Commitment to Diversity

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy seeks diverse, passionate and qualified individuals who want to make a difference in the world. RTC is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, and other legally protected characteristics.

If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please e-mail and provide the nature of your request and your contact information.