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Executive Director Position Opening

The application deadline closed June 14. We are in the process of interviewing potential candidates and will make an announcement once a new Executive Director has been chosen.


After serving for over 19 years as American Trails' Executive Director, Pam Gluck has decided to resign due to health challenges effective June 30, 2016. Pam has been the face of American Trails for a long time and has shepherded our organization from a mid-size trail advocacy association to a much larger organization that hosts the biennial International Trails Symposium, manages one of the world's largest online resources for trails (, and advances and promotes trails for those that build, maintain, advocate for, use, and dream of them.

The Board and staff are grateful for Pam's years of dedicated service and are working closely with her to prepare for transition to new leadership.


About the Position 

The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of American Trails and works with the Board of Directors, staff, and partners to provide the leadership and direction necessary to fulfill the mission and vision of American Trails and move the organization forward in its development. This position leads a dynamic enterprise of volunteers, staff, partners, and members dedicated to advancing trails and bringing trail enthusiasts of all types together to ensure the future quality and availability of trails for all Americans.



While the strong preference of the American Trails' Board would be to continue to have the Executive Director located at our home office in Redding, California, where the other staff members are working, for the right candidate, we would consider having the position located elsewhere.


How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit the following three items compiled into a single document:

1. Cover letter (see details requested in cover letter below)
2. Resume
3. A minimum of three professional references (include name, phone number, and email address)

A cover letter MUST accompany the application in order for you to be considered. In it please tell us more about yourself and your commitment to trails. Please address why you are interested in this position, and how you can help to build American Trails. In addition, if you are proposing working from another location, please address how you would work with existing staff in the Redding, California office.

Please email your cover letter, resume, and professional references to

No phone calls, please, unless contacted for an interview. Recruiters, please do not contact our office.


About Redding, California 

The American Trails office is located in Redding, California, home to a network of over 225 miles of nearby trails and the popular Sundial Bridge. You can learn more about the area's outdoor opportunities and view a map of trails accessible to Redding residents and visitors at


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