North Country Trail Association

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Director of Trail Protection

The North Country Trail Association (NCTA) seeks a Director of Trail Protection to lead the efforts to securing a permanent corridor for America’s longest National Scenic Trail. This position works with NCTA staff, volunteers, and federal and state agency partners in setting standards, selecting priorities, and pursuing projects that secure permanent protection for the corridor of the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST) and the surrounding landscapes. This is an emerging area of work for NCTA, requiring this position to lead in developing a shared vision among partners and building a program from the ground up. At present, NCTA holds easements but is not an accredited land trust – although we are exploring options for the future. This position will play a critical role in setting policy, managing complex projects with partners and guiding our volunteer leadership in this work. As a member of NCTA’s management team the Director of Trail Protection will have additional responsibilities that include advocacy, grants management, and partnership development. This position requires extensive travel and may include travel in remote locations on the NCNST.

Hours: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position.
Remote, but staff member must be based in one of the eight NCNST states (North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, or Vermont)
Reports To:
Executive Director

Education, Experience, and Qualifications:

  • Minimum of five years of experience in easement and land acquisition, and land conservation programs implemented through public/private partnerships.
  • Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, land planning, or related field.
  • Ability to inspire and empower volunteers.
  • Experience with public lands and preferably long-distance, multi-jurisdictional trails.
  • Experience with partnership and coalition building between agency and nonprofits.
  • Understanding of federal and state land acquisition programs.
  • Understanding of Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices, experience with dealing with landowners and performing real estate transactions.
  • Hands-on experience with GIS databases.
  • Self-starter with good judgment; initiative to work without close supervision, and to create and promote new program ideas.
  • Ability to work independently, travel, and work on weekends as needed.
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