Trail Formalization Coordinator

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Compensation: $59,116 - $ 67,983

The Division of Environment and Planning aims to protect, restore and expand New York City's green spaces and natural areas to maximize their benefits for environmental and community health and resilience. The Natural Resources Group within Environment and Planning manages over 10,000 acres of natural areas across the five boroughs, including forests, grasslands and wetlands and has secured tens of millions of dollars of grant from state, federal and private sources over the past decades to fund the restoration and management across these ecosystems.


  • Reporting to the Senior Program Manager for Trails, with latitude for independent initiative and judgment, contribute to a portfolio of trail formalization projects of natural areas of parkland.
  • Serve as a technical expert to advise staff from multiple divisions across the agency on trail formalization decisions, and their significance for natural resource protection.
  • Update a database of trail features in ArcGIS and create cartographic products for trail improvement projects.
  • Compile and review Citywide data to develop priorities and progress schedules for planned work.
  • Supervise a team of three Formalization Associates to plan and execute field data collection on trail conditions.
  • Ensure that all trail management work is tracked appropriately and summarize these tracking efforts toward quantifiable metrics and prepare reports on project progress.
  • Assist with creating and implementing standards for nature trail accessibility and programming.
  • Provide data and technical content as needed to support development of grant applications and proposals with partners inside and outside the Agency.
  • Liaise with representatives from across divisions of NYC Parks on trail-related decision-making.
  • Provide technical support and data quality control to trail formalization associates and other staff who are collecting data and documenting trail features and concerns.


  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties described above; or
  • High school graduation or equivalent and six years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties as described above; or
  • Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. However, all candidates must have at least one year of experience as described in “1” above.
  • Residency in New York City, Nassau, Orange, Rockland, Suffolk, Putnam or Westchester counties required for employees with over two years of city service. New York City residency required within 90 days of hire for all other candidates.

Preferred Skills/Qualifications

  • Natural resource management experience, including trail standards, design, construction and maintenance.
  • Deep understanding of NYC ecology and urban forest management, including native and problematic plant species, erosion and sediment control, and current best restoration science-based practices.
  • Familiarity with and interest in NYC Parks stewardship programs, NYC Parks ranger programs and other park users.
  • Strong communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency with technical tools and computer software, including ArcGIS.
  • Valid New York State driver License.

Additional Information

Job ID No. 593506

Contact Information

NYC Parks
Contact Name: Kip Stein
Website: Apply Online