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Washington State Parks is looking for a dynamic, collaborative and seasoned leader to champion its trails system, including in-park and growing statewide network of long-distance trails. The Trails Program Manager is a senior management position that leads and supports the development and operations of nearly 700 miles of interconnected system of statewide and regional trails which promotes the economic, environmental, social, health, and recreational value of trails. 

The Trails Program Manager is a planner and partnership builder.  The position’s roles include facilitating high-level trail planning initiatives in coordination with other state and local agencies, tribal governments, trail advocacy and trail user constituencies; developing comprehensive processes for all aspects of trail project delivery; creating internal and external partnerships to assure those processes and systems are effective and efficient; and supervising program staff.   

This is a new position at the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, so the possibilities to effect positive change are significant.  The Trails Program Manager will report to the agency Director, and will coordinate with the executive leadership team.


The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages one of the largest, most diverse–and most beautiful—parks systems in the country. With more than 120,000 acres, the system includes 125 developed parks, including 19 marine parks, 11 historical parks, 35 heritage sites, 13 interpretive centers and approximately 500 miles of long-distance recreation trails. And the agency is staffed with nearly 1000 employees (summers), who are some of the most passionate employees you’ll find anywhere – from law enforcement park rangers, park managers, and other field staff who take care of our parks (construction, maintenance, customer service) to planners, engineers, managers, administrative professionals and central support staff.  We love what we manage and what we do. For more information on Washington State Parks, click here.


The annual range of compensation is between $84k – $110k depending upon qualifications, although the expected hiring salary will typically be less than the top of the range, to allow for growth and development movement.

This position will be located at our Headquarters’ building in Tumwater, Washington but will be expected to travel to parks, trails, and regional offices regularly.

This posting will remain open until filled. It is in the candidate’s best interest to apply before August 6th, 2021 when a first review of applicants will be completed. The hiring authority reserves the right to fill this position at any time after that date without notice.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Develop and lead a new cross-functional/departmental coordination model to design, develop, construct, maintain, and operate a statewide trails system.

Help develop and maintain strong community partnerships with local towns and communities adjacent to trails, tribal, other government agencies, elected officials, non-profit organizations, private landowners, and trail user-groups.

Establish systems and processes to expedite trail planning, design, and construction.

Inspire, advocate, and support the development of a unified multi-agency statewide strategic trails plan and assure state parks planning efforts are aligned and coordinated.

Develop, recommend, implement, and promote a comprehensive state trails strategic plan for Washington State Parks addressing in-park trails, single and shared use long-distance trails, regional trail connections.

Establish and implement a scenic bikeway program, including supervising a new position to help administer the program.

Develop and implement visitor use management and access strategies to address visitor use conflicts and impacts on wildlife and private lands.

Develop, implement, and update universal trail design standards and advancing the supporting trails that are accessible to diverse users.

Represent State Parks in the development of a statewide trails database in collaboration with the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO).

Facilitate the formation and convening of a multi-state agency trails work group and external statewide trails advisory committee to coordinate and support the State’s system of trails.

Identify, seek and secure sustainable revenue sources for the acquisition and ongoing operations and maintenance of statewide trails.

Administer a biennial budget process across multiple divisions to coordinate trails related capital repair/replacement and new capital planning projects and funding to support operations, maintenance, and equipment.


Bachelor’s degree.

Five (5) years of professional experience with program/project management, preferably in the are of community planning, recreation management, community trail development or another applicable field.

Valid unrestricted (except for corrective lenses) driver’s license.

 **Experience may be substituted year for year of education.


Experience working with tribal governments, state and federal government agencies, community leaders, landowners, and trail user groups.

Experience with GIS Mapping.

Experience with capital development and project management.

Experience researching, writing, presenting, and administering a variety of grants.

Experience developing managing diverse partnerships.


Knowledge of trails easement and other real property interests for public access

Knowledge of the practice, principles, and techniques of community trail development.

Knowledge of economic, environmental, social, health, and recreational value of trails.

Knowledge of federal, state and local laws, standards, codes, regulations, and procedures which affect trails building and real estate transactions.

Passion for being people together.

Ability to inspire and lead cross-function/departmental work teams.

Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with stakeholders, co-workers, elected officials, the pubic, and media.

Successful track record of gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.

For more information about this position, please contact Becki Ellison at or (360) 902-8502.

**Travel throughout the state will be necessary for this position, including overnight stays. Expected frequency of travel will vary.


To ensure consideration, please complete the online job application and profile at Use reference number 07048 when searching for the job announcement.  Your application materials must clearly explain how you meet the qualifications for this position as outlined in the job posting.  Provide clear, detailed information about your education and job-related experience. 

You must attach in your application package the following:

Letter of Interest specifically addressing the REQUIRED and DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS listed in this announcement (you do NOT need to address the items in the “OTHER CRITICAL” section in your letter, but these will factor in our further evaluation of candidates).

Current resume in chronological order.

Three professional references.

Important Note: Do not attach documents that contain a photo or private information (social security number, year of birth, transcripts, etc.) or documents that are password protected. These documents will not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded.

**All requested materials must be submitted. Incomplete or late application materials will not be accepted. Failure to follow application process may disqualify you from further consideration.**

Diversity Policy Statement: The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is committed to creating an equitable, hospitable, appreciative, safe, and inclusive park environment – one that embraces the full spectrum of all community members’ contributions. The Commission makes this commitment because:

Diversity strengthens the workforce in competence and ability; Celebrating diversity appreciates and values individual differences; Diversity serves an increasingly heterogeneous society;

Diversity helps ensure the relevance of a state park system, its mission, properties, and programs to the people of this state today and in the future;

Diversity is crucial to our ability to serve all citizens.

The Commission encourages and supports staff efforts to reach out to people of all races, national origins, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, veteran status, ages, and genders who use the parks and who live in communities nearby parks. This outreach is to focus on engaging in partnerships that expand programs and services in a way that is meaningful and of value to all people. The Commission is dedicated to offering quality experiences to all visitors through a workforce and volunteer corps that reflects the diversity of Washington State.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the human resources office at (360) 902-8565. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

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