Trail Stewardship 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.


  • Under general supervision, with latitude for independent initiative and judgment, plan and lead volunteer trail improvement projects that include vegetation removal, native vegetation plantings, erosion control, clean-ups, monitoring events and other service projects throughout New York City.
  • Supervise employees and volunteers, instructing them on proper project techniques and the proper use and care of equipment and materials support to support the formalization and safe use of trails by park users. These activities can include but are not limited to, puncheons, turnpikes, water bars, and check steps.
  • Track volunteer accomplishments, support recognition opportunities and facilitate access to volunteer resources.
  • Respond to and create opportunities for volunteer feedback around program offerings.
  • Maintain records and prepare written reports, including the regular entry of fieldwork into Access and Excel tracking forms, and sketching work areas in ArcView.
  • Coordinate on-site efforts with other work happening within the division, with local park managers, local community groups and other agencies in relation to nature-related education and service integration.
  • Organize nature-related education programs and community science programs to support trail formalization and increase trail use.


  • 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

  • Ability to maintain a flexible schedule by working weekends and occasional evenings natural resource management experience, including trail standards, design, construction, and maintenance.
  • Bachelors’ degree, preferably in environmental science or outdoor recreation.
  • Experience working with and motivating volunteers in natural resources restoration and management, including trail standards, design and construction.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Comfortable with Microsoft office programs, including Word, Excel, and Access.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and liaise with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Experience with ArcGIS and handheld GPS and tablets.
  • Willingness to work outdoors for long hours in NYC natural areas in various weather conditions.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service and the environment.
  • Valid New York State driver license.

Additional Information

Job ID No. 595342

Contact Information

NYC Parks
Contact Name: Kip Stein
Website: Apply Online