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Regional Representative – Pacific Crest Trail Association
Southern Sierra, California or North Cascades, Washington
The Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to protect, preserve, and promote the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail as a world-class experience for hikers and equestrians, and for all values provided by wild and scenic lands. PCTA is looking for someone with natural resource, environmental management, outdoor recreation management, planning, public administration, environmental education or related field and relationship building experience to join our team as a Regional Representative.
The Regional Representative serves as PCTA’s primary staff within their respective region, working closely with staff, volunteers, nonprofit and agency partners. They develop and maintain the organization’s regional programs to ensure maintenance, management, and protection of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), related facilities, and the trail experience. The Regional Representative facilitates the cooperative work of the land management agencies, partners, and volunteer groups responsible for the PCT experience, as established through the National Trail System Act and relating regulations and policies. Through collaboration with trailwide staff, they develop and implement trail maintenance and management programs. The Regional Representative works with partners within the region to collect information, establish priorities, and develop strategies that allow partnerships to accomplish broad overall goals for the PCT found in PCTA’s Strategic Plan. They collaborate in developing new policies and practices to center diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) strategies in trail operations programs and are responsible for implementing DEIB policies and practices in regional programs. The Regional Representative supervises volunteers and staff working in the region.
In this position, you will have the opportunity to:
- Establish partnerships and coordinate with the land management agencies, nonprofit partners, volunteers, and communities located within the region.
- Develop productive working relationships with state and federal land management partners at various levels within the agencies responsible for the administration of the PCT (see regional addendum for specific agency units)
- Collaborate with the volunteer programs staff to oversee the regional volunteer programs, including program development, recruitment, training, certification, safety, recognition, and tracking of volunteers and partners, as well as building alliances with other organizations to coordinate PCT projects
- Cultivate volunteer leaders to develop their knowledge and skills
- Provide volunteers with support, training opportunities, experience, and resources
- Implement programs focused on shifting the culture of PCTA’s volunteer program to be more inclusive to encourage new volunteers to join our work towards achieving PCTA’s mission.
- Coordinate and execute a program of work with volunteers, corps crews, nonprofit and agency partners. The program of work may consist of trail and facility maintenance and reconstruction, and trail relocations, that affect the PCT experience
- Identify and effectively respond to internal agency project proposals and/or externally proposed management projects that have potential to impact the PCT and surrounding landscapes that are essential to the PCT experience.
- Apply relevant public lands management legislation and policy to PCT management
- Coordinate across agency boundaries to bring about consistency with trail management activities
- Collaborate with PCTA staff, agency partners, and other partners to further visitor use management strategies to conserve natural resources and improve the trail experience
- Support PCTA’s land acquisition efforts through collaborative work with PCTA’s Conservation Project Manager, including regular review of land acquisition needs and
- Act as a spokesperson for the organization and the trail in a wide range of forums, including
with agency partners, partner organizations, elected officials, and the public
- Work closely with the PCTA Trail Information staff to provide information related to trail conditions, trail closures, and other public information
- Manage regional budget and related reporting requirements
- Work with PCTA leadership to develop resources resulting in new sources of volunteers,
materials, and funding
- Meet with local interest groups and decision-makers to address any actions that may affect the PCT, related facilities, and the user experience
- Supervise regionally-based staff
- Manage accurate data, records, and reports
- Perform related duties as required to support PCTA’s mission, vision, and values