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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 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 RTC’s national office in Washington, D.C. (West End/DuPont Circle area), and is easily accessible from Metro’s Red line (Farragut North) and Blue/Orange/Silver lines (Foggy Bottom). 

Job Description

RTC is seeking a TraiLink Research Assistant/Writer to help execute research and compile multimedia content for RTC’s trail-finder database, Specifically, the individual will create new informational records for historic people and places along the Great American Rail-Trail, a developing 3,700-miles cross-country trail connecting Washington, D.C., and Washington State.

This is a temporary, 40 hours/week position lasting approximately 6–9 months beginning August 2019. The salary is $14–$18/hour depending on experience and does not include benefits.

Specific duties include the following:

  • Perform historical research on a prioritized list of trail records along the Great American Rail-Trail utilizing online tools and databases such as Google Maps/Open Street Map (OSM) and the Library of Congress and National Register of Historic Places databases.
  • Collect information and content (multimedia, video/audio) for individual records; includes utilizing direct/email outreach to engage with trail-related historic preservation groups and organizations to secure historical photos/videos.
  • Engage in database/CMS entry and basic HTML editing to upload, compile and publish content for individual records, ensuring each new TrailLink record has a consistent content mix and presentation.


The successful candidate will be self-motivated, with a high level of professionalism and the ability to work independently and as a team player. Other qualifications include the following:

  • One to three years of experience executing a broad spectrum of research, planning, writing and content editing in a professional capacity
  • Excellent writing, editing, fact-checking and proofreading skills with familiarity in AP style
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, particularly related to research implementation
  • Ability to interpret information from a variety of public sources
  • Proficiency in database and content management
  • Proficiency in photo-editing and Photoshop
  • Proficiency in map-related research (Google Maps, OSM) and ArcGIS software (preferred)
  • Website content knowledge (SEO, HTML) (preferred)

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.

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

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