Bay Area Ridge Trail

Trail Planner/Coordinator

Posted: February 10, 2020
Location: San Francisco, CA

The Ridge Trail Council is looking for a dynamic professional to support our Trail program working with partners to plan, build, sign and open new trail around the bay. This position reports to the Trail Program Director and works closely with a team of 6-7 staff and with park agency and other partners, stakeholders and volunteers to promote our mission. The successful candidate will support trail planning work on gap-specific and area-wide studies and strategic initiatives.

Job Responsibilites

  • Research critical trail gaps and potential gap closure strategies.
  • Cultivate relationships and communicate with key partners, stakeholders and the public.
  • Update and maintain custom trail database, internal and public trail maps.
  • Review and analysis of trail planning, design, environmental review, and permitting documents
  • Prepare and present written and oral and technical reports
  • Support work under grants and special projects
  • Track various aspects of trail planning and development including routing, connectivity and access, shared use, environmental protection, signage and other issues as appropriate.
  • Help plan and implement trail openings and events and occasionally assist with stewardship or donor cultivation events.
  • Serve as a Ridge Trail Council ambassador to partners, stakeholders, advocates and the public.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree.
  • Minimum 1-3 years of directly related work experience in trail, open space or land use planning, community organizing, natural resource management or related field.
  • Strong organization skills and an ability to prioritize and work on multiple complex projects.
  • Work both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Strong relationship-building skills and ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of trail planning, design, environmental review and permitting preferred.
  • Experience with park agency, land trust real estate transactions and trail easements preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong planning and analytical skills.
  • Flexibility, creative problem solving, and an ability to thrive in a nonprofit environment.
  • Familiarity with Bay Area geography, parks and natural resources a plus.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office programs; proficiency with GIS, Adobe Creative Suite, and database management a plus.

Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer, and strength to lift and carry materials weighing up to 20 pounds; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone.
  • Able to hike rough terrain.
  • Able to work evenings and weekends occasionally, travel in the Bay Area, have a California Driver’s License and access to a motor vehicle.

Salary and Benefits

The Council strives to pay competitive salaries within the nonprofit community and compensation is based on experience. Benefits include paid vacation, holidays, sick leave, and medical, dental and vision coverage, and a 401k plan.

Application Process

The Council is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse team. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter which includes responses to the questions below and salary objectives to and indicate “Trail Planner” in the subject line. If you are interested in part-time work, please indicate that in your cover letter. Please visit to learn more about the Ridge Trail.


Please answer these questions below (1-3 paragraphs each) :

  1. Why are trails and open space important to you?
  2. Describe a successful project you worked on, your role and the key components that helped create a successful outcome.