Trails Community Engagement Coordinator

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Compensation: 54,000-55,000

Through its visionary leadership and high impact staff, the Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC) champions urban natural areas in New York City and across the nation through innovative research, partnerships, and advocacy. We increase the health and resilience of urban forests and wetlands, catalyze connections between people and nature, and strengthen the environmental workforce. 

Started in 2012, the Natural Areas Conservancy is the first park conservancy dedicated exclusively to New York City’s natural areas–20,000 acres across all five boroughs. Since 2019, we have also worked on a national scale, leading a network of representatives from cities across the U.S. to strengthen research, information sharing, and communication efforts to enhance the field of urban forest management. We want all people to feel welcomed, inspired by, and connected to the natural world.

Since 2017 the Natural Areas Conservancy has worked with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks) on a citywide trails program to formalize, improve, and steward 300 miles of nature trails throughout New York City. The NAC also provides technical expertise to recruit, train, and supervise Trail Maintainers, advanced volunteers that are part of the NYC Parks Super Stewards program. We provide training to these advanced volunteers on trail design and maintenance to empower them to adopt and maintain trails in their communities.  The role of Community Engagement Coordinator will report to the Trails Program Manager and will train and supervise advanced volunteers to help us achieve our goal of long-term maintenance and activation, with a focus on 45 miles of newly formalized trails on Staten Island.


  • Provide scopes of work and training  to volunteers for trail improvement projects such as invasive plant removal, corridor pruning, water bar/check step installations, puncheon installation, locally sourced lumber/rock structures, and forest restoration
  • Collaborate with NAC Trails Technical Lead and natural resource management, stewardship, and maintenance staff from NYC Parks to scope trail maintenance requirements for all trails volunteer projects
  • Document all new and ongoing volunteer projects, and report on the efforts of local trail stewards
  • Grow and manage a portfolio of trail maintenance efforts by leveraging existing resources and partnerships to advance on-the-ground improvements by volunteers
  • Collaborate with Trails Program Manager to develop training curriculum for volunteer groups and individuals 
  • Collaborate with Public Health Outreach Coordinator to engage regional partners, local community groups, and individuals to become trail stewards in target public health neighborhoods
  • Support the implementation of tiered leadership and skill building opportunities for volunteers
  • In partnership with the Trails Program Manager, Implement strategies to build a culture of engagement and belonging among volunteers


  • Experience developing and managing partnerships
  • Experience planning and executing public events
  • Experience with workplace safety practices
  • Experience engaging volunteers, members of the public, and public agencies
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and liaise with a wide range of senior stakeholders
  • Willingness to work occasional early mornings, evenings, and weekends
  • Valid New York State driver’s license


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in environmental science or outdoor recreation
  • 1+ years of experience in volunteer management and community engagement
  • Experience initiating or growing volunteer programs
  • Knowledgeable about trail design, construction, and maintenance

Additional Information

JOB LOCATION: This job will be 50% field-based and 50% remote. The Community Engagement Coordinator should be willing to work from a primary office location in Manhattan or Queens when needed, and field work reporting locations in all five boroughs of New York City.  Access to a reliable network connection for meetings and presentations is required.

The NAC is offering a salary of $54,000-$55,000 for this position in addition to a competitive benefits package including generous Paid Time Off,  medical/dental/vision insurance, 401K, work from home stipend, and professional development.

To apply for the Community Engagement Coordinator role at the Natural Areas Conservancy, please apply online at our Career Center and include your resume and cover letter. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the closing date of March 31, 2023. Please address any questions to

Subject to applicable federal, state, and local laws, the Natural Areas Conservancy requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. We will consider requests for accommodation to this vaccination requirement during the recruiting process. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.

Contact Information

Natural Areas Conservancy
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