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posted Jul 24, 2023

Trail Competency Framework

by The Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University

A group of nationwide trail professionals representing federal agencies, trail nonprofits, and the private sector initiated this project to develop a common trail competency framework, focusing on enhancing professionalism as well as a higher level of skill.

posted Sep 13, 2020

12 Resources for Building Trail Stewards

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Use this library of resources, articles, and trainings to create an army of effective trail stewards.

posted Jun 24, 2019

Volunteer Stewardship Tools

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Managing volunteers to achieve high quality trail stewardship work for land managers is not easy. Explore the tools and resources available to you that will help you start, expand or enhance your outdoor stewardship volunteer program, achieving your goals, and providing exceptional service to land managers.

posted Sep 27, 2023

Roadmap for a 21st Century Outdoor Workforce

by Outdoor Recreation Roundtable

Outdoor Workforce White Paper


posted Sep 27, 2023

Workforce Development and Career Exploration in Parks and Recreation

by National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

Workforce development and career exploration programs are critical contributors to the future success of parks and recreation.


posted Mar 14, 2023

Celebrating Women Who Care for Trails

by Cathy Corlett with American Trails

Cathy Corlett, American Trails Director of Strategic Communications, joined Trailkeepers of Oregon's women-only trail work party to find out more about the work being done and the women who opt to spend their Sunday working on the trail, even when the weather conditions are less than ideal.


posted Feb 8, 2023

Affinity and Identity-Based Crews and Programs

by The Corps Network

The purpose of this guide is to highlight the work of service and conservation Corps who develop and manage identity-based programs and crews, discuss the intention and purpose of these crews, why they are important, and how they have been transformational experiences for Corpsmembers and partners.


posted Aug 17, 2022

Colorado Trail Foundation Crew Leader Handbook

by The Colorado Trail Foundation

As a crew leader you represent the CTF. One of your main jobs is to convey the CTF’s thanks to the volunteers for their commitment to making and preserving The Colorado Trail as a national treasure.


posted Aug 17, 2022

Appalachian Mountain Club 2022 Outdoor Leader Handbook

by Appalachian Mountain Club

Outdoor leadership skills can be developed and improved over time through a combination of self-study, formal training and experience. Leadership trainings are offered frequently by volunteers and staff of the AMC. The trainings range from a single day to a weekend. If you are looking for additional training, the AMC offers several courses each season through the Guided Outdoors program.


posted Aug 17, 2022

Volunteers for Outdoor Arizona Crew Leader Manual

by Volunteers for Outdoor Arizona

This manual has been written to aid crew leaders working with trail work volunteers. It assumes the following priorities, in order of importance, for every volunteer trail work event: 1) Safety, 2) Enjoyment, 3) Quality product, 4) Productivity.


posted May 3, 2022

Trail Building in the Ozarks

by Ozark Trail Association

This manual was created to accompany the Crew Leader training program developed by the Ozark Trail Association (OTA). It serves as an aid to volunteer Crew Leaders working with other volunteers to build and maintain single-track natural surface trails in the Ozarks region of Missouri. This manual is designed to serve as a baseline for trail construction and maintenance and as an introduction to leading small groups of volunteers on natural surface trail construction and maintenance events.


posted May 3, 2022

Outdoor-Industry Jobs

This study was intended to assess current—and projected—employment levels across these sectors with a particular focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) oriented occupations that require “mid-level” education and skills. This education includes post-high school training but stops short of a bachelor’s degree,3 opening the door to a greater number of students who are not focused exclusively on four-year degrees. The study was also designed to identify employer demand for occupations within these four sectors.


posted May 3, 2022

What Can I do with a Major in Natural Resources & Tourism?

by University of Georgia Career Center

The information in this article describes typical occupations and employers associated with this major. Some of the options listed below may require additional training. Moreover, you are not limited to these options alone when choosing a possible career path.


posted May 3, 2022

Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Careers Toolkit

by Transforming Youth Outdoors (TYO), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Choose your outdoor career path! Get started by asking yourself some very basic questions. Even though you might not be able to answer all of them, it is a good first step to narrow down what you really want to do. Ready? Let’s go!


posted May 3, 2022

North Country Trail Crew Leader Handbook

by North Country Trail Association

The Crew Leader Handbook is designed to provide information for Crew Leaders organizing and overseeing projects on the North Country National Scenic Trail. This Handbook is intended as a compliment to the in-person North Country Trail Association Crew Leader training program, which is available to all volunteers looking to expand their skills sets and gain new leadership skills.