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About Us

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 field offices in California, Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, Texas, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Job Location

This position is located in our Western Regional Office, which has two full-time employees and is located in downtown Oakland, California.

Job Description

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is recruiting for one part-time Junior GIS Technician to assist in a large-scale mapping effort for the Bay Area Trails Collaborative (BATC), a proposed 2,700-mile network of interconnected, multiuse trails throughout the Bay Area.

RTC’s Western Regional Office serves as a leader for BATC, which comprises more than 50 organizations, agencies and businesses collaboratively working together to complete the trail network.

This position pays $15/hour, with an anticipated project schedule of 20–25 hours/week for 10–15 weeks.

The position includes the following responsibilities:

  • Quality Control of Existing GIS Data: Over the past year, our office has collected and consolidated all existing and proposed multiuse trail data from dozens of organizations and agencies throughout the Bay Area. This task will involve working with these agencies and organizations to confirm that all the data collected is complete and accurate.
  • Outreach and Meeting Coordination: Once existing GIS data has been reviewed and verified, the data will be filtered by a set of pre-established trail criteria, converted into county-specific maps, and shared with GIS specialists, bike/ped planners and trail managers in each Bay Area county. This task will involve creating county-specific trail maps, coordinating and attending countywide meetings and co-facilitating meeting discussions on the regional trail network.
  • Data Analysis and Map Development: Once the regional trail network has been established, map data will be used to analyze the network and create communication tools to present to public officials and other stakeholders. This task will involve conducting trail segment and network analyses, creating static and dynamic maps for online and in-print communication tools, and helping to develop marketing materials such as PowerPoint presentations and Story Maps.

Additional tasks may include the following:

  • Assistance with researching and writing stories for our national TrailBlog, e-newsletter and magazine
  • Assistance with grant-writing and fundraising research
  • Research, education, outreach and organizing around legislative priorities
  • Providing technical assistance to our partners by researching and responding to questions, compiling best practices, organizing workshops or events, contacting trail partners for project updates, and contributing to RTC’s Trail-Building Toolbox


Qualified candidates should have one to two years of experience with Esri ArcGIS products. Additionally, we are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have:

  • Intermediate to advanced-level experience with Esri ArcGIS and/or related software tools
  • A demonstrated interest in active transportation, urban planning, geography, outdoor recreation, public health, environmental sustainability or a related field
  • Strong organizing and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail
  • Flexibility to pitch in where needed

Work Environment

Normal office setting with low-to-moderate noise level.

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

Please use one form of transmitting your résumé. No phone calls please, unless contacted for an in-person interview. Recruiters, please do not contact our offices.

Send a cover letter and résumé indicating a “Junior GIS Technician” preference, including how you learned of this announcement, to the following contact:

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

Commitment to Diversity

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