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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 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.


A flagship program of RTC, is the nation’s foremost trail-finder website, with a current catalogue of 5,000 trails spanning a collective 40,000+ miles across the country. Through an extensive set of offerings available online and via TrailLink’s mobile apps—including interactive maps, descriptions, directions, reviews, ratings and user-submitted photos—TrailLink supports more than 10 million users annually in the pursuit of safe and meaningful trail experiences, helping to satisfy the growing demand for trails and active transportation.

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

The successful candidate will assist the team in enriching TrailLink with trail photos and other key content, with specific responsibilities that include the following:

  • Loading existing photos from our archives into the appropriate trail record
  • Researching trail photo resources and soliciting the use of photos for
  • Encouraging photo submissions by the public via creative campaign development and execution through social media, onsite activities and/or email
  • Researching and writing trail descriptions when needed
  • Securing and documenting rights to use collected photos
  • Applying keyword metadata and geotags to photos as needed
  • Assisting in the implementation of marketing strategies


Qualified candidates are undergraduate students or young professionals enrolled in a program related to photography, marketing, journalism/communications, database management or a related field. The candidate should have the ability to work independently and have excellent verbal and written communication 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.