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Founded in 1986, RTC is the nation's largest trails organization, with more than 160,000 members and supporters. The mission of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people. RTC advocates at the local, state and national level for policies that support trails and greenways for transportation, recreation, conservation and as an integral part of livable communities. RTC is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Job Location

This position is located at RTC’s Philadelphia office (230 South Broad St., Philadelphia, PA) and shared with two other staff members. This location is easily accessible by mass transit (SEPTA, PATCO) and Amtrak.

Job Description

Duration: This is a term-hire position for a duration of approximately 18 months. The position may be renewed based on performance and grant funding availability.

The Trail Planner will work as part of a multidisciplinary team as RTC works to implement our TrailNation™ project portfolio, which spans many cities and regions nationwide. The Trail Planner will be the lead advocate and early-stage planner for a key “rail-with-trail” project located in Philadelphia, PA. The individual will collaborate with and mentor RTC’s Project Manager for the Circuit Trails in implementing this important project. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Leading all stages of advocacy, strategy and plan development for the rail-with-trail corridor, including:

  • Collaborating closely with the rest of the RTC Northeast Regional team who are involved with rail-trail and rail-with-trail projects.
  • Create and execute a trail development strategy for corridor acquisition and ensure a path forward for delivering a feasibility study that leads to future design and construction of the trail.

    - Fieldwork to assess the corridor
    - Corridor alignment analysis
    - Produce a feasibility study in collaboration with RTC’s Philadelphia staff to guide the development and planning process for the corridor

  • Early-stage partner outreach and evaluation—building upon information and intel gathered by the RTC team to identify potential partners and project champions, and developing a strategy to prioritizes next steps for partner/champion cultivation
  • Co-developing a public engagement strategy and implementation plan (at the neighborhood, grassroots and grasstops levels) with relevant RTC staff. This will include holding multiple community-level meetings and charrettes.
  • Maintaining and growing our constituent and partner database for outreach and organizing purposes
  • Partnering with the RTC Communications Department to develop a communications strategy for media, stakeholders and community members
  • Facilitating plan input at coalition and partner meetings

This position reports to the Northeast Regional Director, who is located in RTC’s Northeast Regional Office in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania 

This position entails mostly local travel in the nine-county Philadelphia metro region, as well as visits to the greater Northeast Region and RTC’s National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Yearly national conference travel is possible. A valid driver’s license is required.

Supervisory Responsibilities



Ideal candidates will possess the following skills and qualifications:

  • At least eight years of experience in transportation planning and advocacy
  • A bachelor’s degree or above in Urban Planning or a related field
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in GIS and Excel, and experience using the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication, interpersonal and public speaking skills (The individual will be required to represent RTC before a variety of public audiences and respond to challenging questions.)
  • Valid driver’s license (required)

Other necessary qualities include the following:

  • Experience working with or for railroads in high-poverty urban settings—particularly in Philadelphia (Strong preference will be given to these candidates.)
  • Spanish language skills
  • Comfortability working in a dynamic and growing organization, and enthusiasm for applying creativity and energy to the work
  • A high level of professionalism
  • The ability to work both independently and as a team player

Work Environment

Shared, open office space for three within a larger, newly constructed co-working two-floor workplace; many amenities and work stations

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 résumé. No phone calls please, unless contacted for an in-person interview. Recruiters, please do not contact our offices.

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

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

EOE. Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.