A primary focus of your responsibilities will be building PNTA’s organizational vision and capacity to engage communities in long-term stewardship of this 1,200-mile recreation trail. Working alongside PNTA’s dedicated staff, you will develop strategies and implement projects to connect people with the many beneﬁts of trails. Your duties may include:
- Designing PNTA’s strategy for community and youth engagement
- Developing innovative outreach approaches, including managing PNTA’s social media presence
- Planning, leading, and participating in events to support trail stewardship and outdoor recreation
- Managing partnerships and resources to deliver youth education programs
- Writing outreach materials, project updates, and reports
- Collaborating with PNTA board and staff to identify opportunities to expand membership and impacts
- Working on the Paciﬁc Northwest National Scenic Trail puts you at the center of new public-private, collaborative approaches to environmental management.
1. Design a community and youth engagement strategy—including use of social media—to facilitate active involvement of diverse communities in outdoor recreation and stewardship on the Paciﬁc Northwest National Scenic Trail
2. Plan and participate in at least three new projects or events promoting the Paciﬁc Northwest National Scenic Trail
3. As project lead, manage partnerships and resources to oversee a second successful year of PNTA’s youth outdoor education camps
The Paciﬁc Northwest Trail (PNT) is a 1,200-mile path from the Continental Divide in Montana to the Paciﬁc Ocean in Washington. After decades of advocacy by local trail users, the PNT was designated by Congress in 2009 as one of America’s 11 National Scenic Trails – long-distance trails that offer outstanding opportunities for scenery and non-motorized recreation. To build a strong future for the PNT, the U.S. Forest Service is working with its primary non-proﬁt partner, the Paciﬁc Northwest Trail Association, to engage trail users and neighbors as active voices and stewards in long-term management of the PNT. The Planning & Outreach Specialist position will bring new ideas, energy, and skills to reach diverse communities across the length of the trail – including youth, people of color, urban, and rural communities – and help the Forest Service and PNTA to be more innovative and effective in connecting people to the many beneﬁts of trails and outdoor recreation. In addition, this position will contribute to the development and future direction of the Paciﬁc Northwest Trail Association by designing and leading PNTA’s community and youth engagement strategy, managing PNTA’s web and social media presence, and identifying new opportunities for partnerships and programs. We envision this position as a ladder into non-proﬁt management for a highly motivated Intern with strong communication and leadership skills.
We will work with you to identify training opportunities that serve your interests, skills, and professional goals. There will be strong support for training opportunities that build competencies in communications, marketing, and non-proﬁt management.
The Skagit River, Mt. Baker, and the North Cascades will be your backyard. Skagit County is famous for its picturesque farms and “u-pick” stands. Bellingham, home of WWU, is 30 miles away, and a great destination for bookstores, cafes, and concerts.
Project expenses that were included in estimate PO-003569188.8.131.52.