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Title: Director of Trail Development

Reports to: Executive Director

Location: This position is based at NCTA Headquarters in Lowell, Michigan.

Summary: NCTA’s Director of Trail Development is an integral member of the NCTA management team, with oversight, management and supervisory responsibilities over NCTA’s role in building, maintaining and protecting the North Country National Scenic Trail. NCTA’s Director of Trail Development supervises a team of professional regional trail coordinators (RTC’s) and hundreds of volunteers throughout the seven-state NCNST region.

The Director of Trail Development coordinates with the National Park Service, US Forest Service, and other federal, state and local agencies to foster positive relationships between these agencies and our organization while also leading a comprehensive effort to grow volunteer capacity and effectiveness in building, maintaining and protecting the North Country National Scenic Trail.

As a member of NCTA’s management team the Director of Trail Development will have additional responsibilities that contribute to the best management of the trail include advocacy, easements acquisition and land protection, grants development and management, partnership development, and marketing and communications. This position requires extensive travel.

The mission of North Country Trail Association is to develop, maintain, protect and promote the North Country National Scenic Trail as the premier hiking path across the northern tier of the United States through a trail-wide coalition of volunteers and partners.

Qualifications and Experience

  • 5 – 7 years experience leading, teaching and encouraging staff and volunteers. Remote management experience desirable;
  • Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, recreation management or similar field;
  • Understanding of/experience with outdoor recreation management, sustainable trail design and construction;
  • Experience in not-for-profit world;
  • Experience with partnership and coalition building between agency and non-profits;
  • Outstanding organizational and supervisory skills;
  • Understanding of best practices in organizational capacity building;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in working with a diversity of individuals;
  • Experience developing or running training programs;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Understanding of federal and state land management policy issues;
  • Ability to work independently; and
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work on weekends as needed.


  • Experience with trails within the National Trails System or other long distance multi-jurisdictional trails;
  • Experience with easement and land acquisition;
  • Experience with ESRI’s Arc GIS online program; and
  • Experience with online meeting platforms.

Download the full position description. 

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to: Andrea Ketchmark