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Program Associate - Part-Time

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Oakland, CA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Engagement
Parks and Recreation
Public Policy
Sustainability Planning
Transportation Planning
Experience Level: 
Entry Level
AICP Certification: 
Not required
Salary: $20-25/hour DOE; pro-rated sick and vacation leave

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit trails and greenways organization, seeks a Program Associate to join our Western Regional Office (normally in downtown Oakland, but currently working remotely). This is a temporary, part-time position: estimated 15 hours per week from April through December. This position will work closely with our 2-person Western Region team to implement our active trail development and policy program work. Duties include:     

  • Assist with trail development technical assistance and community engagement efforts; 

  • Research and writing of policy and planning memos and blog posts;  

  • Developing visual presentations to communicate trail project benefits to stakeholders and address community concerns; 

  • Supporting our Bay Area Trails Collaborative (a regional trail system coalition effort). 


  • Demonstrated interest in recreation, transportation and/or sustainable communities planning, policy or advocacy, or a related field;  

  • Experience doing community engagement; strong writing and verbal skills;  

  • Excellent organizational skills; and  

  • Flexibility to help out where needed.  

Candidates must be based in the Bay Area and able to attend meetings and community events in the East Bay (once COVID restrictions allow). Basic skills with ESRI and/or graphic design software a plus. Open until filled; applicants strongly encouraged to apply ASAP as interviews begin mid-April. You must submit a resume and a cover letter which explains your interest and qualifications for the position. Review the full job description here:

RTC is an equal opportunity employer; diverse candidates encouraged to apply. 

Published on:
April 6, 2021 - 7:31pm
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