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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is the nation’s largest trails organization—with a grassroots community more than 1 million strong—dedicated to building a nation connected by trails, reimagining public spaces to create safe ways for everyone to walk, bike and be active outdoors. Founded in 1986, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's national office is located in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. For more information, visit Connect with RTC @railstotrails on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Job Summary

RTC’s Trail Development Team is looking for an intern interested in working on trail planning and climate resiliency research. The selected intern will participate as a full member of the team and will be included in staff meetings and social meetings. Hours are flexible to accommodate class schedule(s) or other commitments.

The internship will run from the first week of September to early December (10–12 weeks), up to 24 hours/week.

Job Location

This position is located in our Washington, D.C., National Headquarters and is eligible for a remote or hybrid work schedule in accordance with RTC’s policies. A hybrid schedule is preferred (working 1–2 days per week in the D.C. office). Proof of vaccination is required for all staff.

Job Duties

The Trail Development Intern will assist the Manager of Trail Resources and the Senior Director of Trail Development with the following tasks:

  • Trail project research – Compile information about trail projects occurring throughout the U.S. through online research and direct outreach to trail managers.
  • Data input - Utilize existing datasets to create records and edit trail project information in RTC’s trail database.
  • Content development - Develop case studies and other public-facing summaries for RTC’s Trail Building Toolbox on various trail planning, management, and maintenance topics. Working together with staff to develop webinars for topics included in the Toolbox.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position does not have any supervisory responsibilities.

Basic Qualifications and Personal Attributes

RTC is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student working toward a degree in planning, public policy, social sciences, natural resources, or a related field. Applicants should be highly organized, able to work independently and manage time efficiently, and possess a strong interest in the topics of health, the environment, sustainable transportation, pedestrian issues, bicycling or trails.

Proficiency with Microsoft Suite is required, and familiarity with ArcGIS Online is preferred. Candidates should also possess a comfortability with cold calling and engaging with RTC partners to ask questions and document best practices. 

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

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.