Continental Divide Trail Coalition Trail Policy Manager

Trail Policy Manager

Office Location: TBD - Flexible                                                                           Status: Full Time, Salary, Exempt

Start Date: Early October                                                                                    Supervisor: Executive Director

Supervisory Responsibility: No



The Trail Policy Manager will work with the Executive Director to develop and refine Trail Policy and to build grassroots, stakeholder, and political support for the CDT throughout the Rocky Mountain region and beyond.  This work will complement the trail management and policy work of the Executive Director. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: researching and developing policy statements for management and administration of the CDT; analyzing policy proposals that may affect the CDT, including forest plans, state and federal laws, agency management directives, etc. and crafting CDTC responses; participating in coalition building work; assisting with the CDTC Trail and Lands Committee; and communicating CDTC legislative priorities, successes, and needs to the public. The Trail Policy Manager will leverage opportunities as they arise to educate the broad range of CDTC stakeholders on measures that would help complete and protect the trail and its corridor, including federal and state agencies, various communities, other partner non-profits, members, supporters, and the general public.

View job descripton on CDTC website here.



  • Researches and drafts comments in response to agency project proposals that may affect the CDT for review by Executive Director and/or CDTC BOD Trail and Lands Committee.
  • Leads CDTC efforts to ensure that appropriate trail protection measures are included in revised land management plans, including developing positive working relationships with agency staff, reviewing draft plans, and writing comments.
  • Assists with the coordination of Trail and Lands Committee, including performing research on specific topics, preparing background materials and meeting logistics, and crafting draft policy statements for review regarding CDT management and protection issues.
  • Works with the Executive Director and core partners to identify legislation and respond to that may affect the CDT. This may include researching and drafting comments or policy statements, mobilizing CDT stakeholders and supporters, stimulating press coverage, etc.
  • Aids Executive Director in maintaining relationships, education of and correspondence with elected officials, decision makers and agency staff, as well as making biannual visits to Washington, D.C. to report on federal funding and needs for the congressionally designated CDNST.
  • Works with appropriate staff and partners to write and disseminate statements and press releases and solicit story ideas, op-eds, and LTEs to create interest and stimulate media coverage of CDT and CDTC trail protection efforts.
  • Writes and reviews reports, fact sheets, newsletter and press articles, opinion pieces, e-communications, and website content related to trail protection.
  • Arranges interviews, ceremonies and other events for senior staff and board members and writes draft speeches as needed around critical trail protection and conservation issues. May serve as spokesperson for CDTC when appropriate.
  • Supports CDTC’s participation in Next 100 Colorado and national work to ensure a just and inclusive parks and public lands system.
  • Represents CDTC in coalitions dedicated to the protection of public lands along the CDT corridor.
  • Supports small business owners and other volunteers in trailside communities in becoming advocates for the CDT and public lands.
  • Performs other duties as assigned and required.




  • Proven success and experience in the management of National Trails, Parks, Forests, and/or Waterways or natural resources and conservation including: Bachelor’s Degree from four-year institution in related field; Associates Degree in related field; or demonstrated equivalent experience in related fields.
  • Must be passionate about the CDT and commit to the mission of the CDTC.
  • Must be interested in and helping further CDTC’s commitment to advancing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion along the CDT and other National Trails, Parks, Forests and Waterways.
  • Must be a self-starter with good judgment and initiative to work without close supervision.
  • Must have strong organizational skills with attention to detail and able to manage multiple projects with multiple deadlines, simultaneously.
  • Must have strong communication skills, with a focus on written and oral communications.
  • Must be a team player and interested in working collaboratively across disciplines and willing to find innovative and creative solutions to the challenges facing the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail today and tomorrow.



  • Experience in development and evaluation of land management policy, trail management, natural resources or other associated issues.
  • Familiarity with federal land management agency structures and planning efforts.
  • Strong knowledge of all Microsoft Office products, especially Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience using Zoom, InDesign, ArcGIS, or other associated software and technology.
  • Fluency in Spanish.
  • CDTC is willing to provide necessary training and continuing education for specific skill for right candidate.




  • Work environment may range from loud, noisy and communal office space, to remote work environments.
  • Travel is common and will include travel to communities and sites along the CDNST, to sites off-trail or future trail locations, as well as to locations such as Washington, DC.
  • Work may require day and overnight hiking, biking or other outdoor recreation activities to evaluate on the ground conditions impacting the CDNST along its entirety.
  • Weekend and evening work will be required form time to time, including multiple-day and overnight travel.
  • The employee may be required to drive to perform duties of the job, therefore a current driver’s license (or ability to obtain a license) is required.


Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This position description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out those duties. CDTC is an equal opportunity employer. All individuals are encouraged to apply.



$40,000-45,000K annual salary DOE. CDTC also provides benefits including generous vacation/PTO, monthly health insurance stipend, RTD EcoPass, cell phone reimbursement, a 403(b) retirement plan option, and continuing education opportunities for continued growth in position provided. 






Interested individuals should send a resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Trail Policy Manager Application”. Alternatively, resumes may be sent directly to Steven Shattuck, 710 10th St. Suite 200, Golden CO 80401. Application deadline is August 31st, 2020.

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