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Trail Equity Specialist


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United States

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Term of position is 68 weeks; full-time commitment 40 hrs/week, 5-days per week


Washington, D.C. (Remote Eligible within United States)


$20/hr, plus professional development/travel funding and health benefits eligibility

Public Land Corps

Individuals who enter the program between 21 and 30 years of age may be eligible for the Public Land Corps hiring authority upon successful completion of the program

Start Date:

Position starting in early to mid-March

Application Due Date:

Applications received on or before February 3, 2023 will be guaranteed full consideration.

Title of Position:

Trail Equity Specialist


Position Details:

Stewards Individual Placements (Stewards) provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Participants work with federal agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofits building institutional capacity, developing community relationships, and supporting ecosystem health. Stewards in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) are seeking an intern who will assist the NPS Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Division’s Office of Outdoor Recreation in developing a national strategy, tools, and resources for NPS staff to more effectively manage for the use of adaptive devices in parks and to improve communications to visitors about equitable and accessible outdoor recreation opportunities on trails and in parks.


About the NPS:

In addition to protecting and managing over 420 of America's national parks, the NPS administers over 30 programs that extend throughout the nation to connect all Americans to their parks, trails, rivers, and other special places.

The NPS Conservation & Outdoor Recreation Programs in the Washington, DC Headquarters Office embraces the principles of civic engagement, collaboration, and cooperative conservation through several programs that assist community-led efforts to restore rivers, establish trails, save open spaces, rebuild parks, and preserve other special places.

One of these programs is the NPS Office of Outdoor Recreation which serves as a leader, central point of contact, and partner in advancing the outdoor recreation mission of the NPS in balance with natural and cultural resource conservation. In coordination with internal divisions, Federal agencies, and external partners, the NPS Office of Outdoor Recreation aims to ensure equitable, accessible, welcoming, and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities and experiences in and around our national parks, lands, and waters for all.


Position Responsibilities will include:

  • Developing tools and resources which enable park staff to:
    • Gain a better understanding of accessibility and adaptive devices for use on trails, as well as the federal laws that pertain to the NPS in allowing for the use of these devices on trails; and
    • Obtain, interpret, and utilize required trail data on trails within national parks for decision-making and improved visitor information purposes.
  • Developing a model for how youth corps fellows can support parks in partnering with local partners to measure park trails and obtain necessary data; and
  • Developing a strategy for implementing the youth corps support framework in parks across the system, along with suggestions for how to apply this experience for federal career opportunities.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be a US Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the United States
  • All candidates should have demonstrable interest in accessibility and adaptive recreation, parks, outdoor recreation, conservation, urban planning, public/youth engagement, rivers, trails, or a closely related field
  • Must be 21 – 30 years old, up to 35 years old for veterans.


 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to think critically and creatively
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to initiate and carry out independent research
  • Strong literature review and analytical skills
  • Ability to work effectively with a variety of people and develop strong partner networks
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Ability to negotiate and handle stressful situations in a diplomatic and non-adversarial manner
  • Comfortable working in a professional environment which often includes meeting with senior staff, leadership, and elected officials
  • Comfortable working outdoors and on trail; ability to lift and carry trail measuring equipment
  • Experience with or ability to learn the following software programs is desirable: Adobe Acrobat, InDesign, Excel and other Microsoft Office programs
  • Coursework or experience in accessibility, outdoor recreation, planning, law, engineering, landscape architecture, environmental education, community engagement, community organizing, environmental studies, or a related field
  • Completion of a Master’s Degree or is currently enrolled in graduate school in a field such as disability studies, community planning, recreation management, environmental studies, natural resource management, geography, law, recreation, engineering, or landscape architecture



  • Wage: $20/hour
  • Professional Development/Travel Fund: $15,000
  • Eligible for health benefits after 60 days in position
  • Remote work eligible
  • Eligible for Public Land Corps Hiring Authority upon successful completion of the position term.
  • Hands-on mentored work experience; individual training available to meet specific interests and needs.


How to Apply:
Apply on-line at:  In addition to your resume, please submit a one-page cover letter highlighting why you are interested in this position and how your background and experience will help you succeed in this position.

If you have questions about this position please contact Alex Whittow, Stewards Program Coordinator, at


Application Deadline: Applications received on or before February 3, 2023 will be guaranteed full consideration.


Stewards Individual Placements Program does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

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