American Hiking Society, a 501c3 nonprofit founded in 1976, is the only national nonprofit serving the hiking community. Our mission is “Empowering ALL to enjoy, share, and preserve the hiking experience.” We achieve our mission through grassroots and grasstops advocacy and trail service programs; and we envision a world where everyone feels welcome in the American hiking community and has permanent access to meaningful hiking, including urban, frontcountry, and backcountry opportunities. Our trail service programs include week-long trips based all over the country such as Alternative Break (for students) and Alternative Break Scholarship for folks new to trail service; and Volunteer Vacations (all ages) for all trail service experience levels; and American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® (a national day of advocacy and trail service on the 1st Saturday in June, involving 1000+ events and more than 100,000 participants). Our advocacy programs include the year-long NextGen Trail Leaders program (18-40 year old rising leaders in conservation and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion who participate in advocacy campaigns) and Hike the Hill® (an annual advocacy fly-in in Washington, D.C. organized in collaboration with the Partnership for the National Trail System that brings together 150+ trail organizations and advocates). AHS is committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in all we do, internally and externally; and we are a collaborative, de-siloed team that values harnessing each other’s strengths and honoring work-life balance.

The Programs Manager manages the logistics of AHS trail volunteer programs; assists where needed with advocacy programs; builds and maintains strong collaborations and relationships with Alternative Break schools, trail crew leaders, volunteers, partner nonprofits, and the land managers that host our volunteers; and, in collaboration with other staff and external partners, takes primary responsibility for designing crew leader training and volunteer program evaluation. The Programs Manager not only has great attention to detail in managing logistics but exhibits empathy and excellent interpersonal skills in relationship building.
The Programs Manager is a full-time exempt position and reports to the Senior Director for Programs and Advocacy.

Tagged as: Conservation, Full Time, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders


Commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion a must.
3+ years professional work experience or significant volunteer experience that contributes to the knowledge needed to ably fulfill the duties listed above, especially experience in coordinating volunteer programs and events (of any kind).

Required Skills:

Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite, Google suite, and use of databases/CRMs a must (or an ability to learn these platforms quickly).
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills a must

About American Hiking Society

At American Hiking, we envision a world where everyone feels welcome in the American hiking community and has permanent access to meaningful hiking, including urban, frontcountry, and backcountry opportunities. We will achieve this vision by empowering all communities to enjoy, share, and preserve the hiking experience; advocating for the protection and
Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society is the only national organization that promotes and protects foot trails, their surrounding natural areas, and the hiking experience. As the national voice for hikers, American Hiking Society recognizes that foot trails and hiking are essential to connect people with nature, conserve open space, provide biological corridors for diverse plants and wildlife, and for the health of Americans and our natural environment. We represent millions of hikers who are committed to beautiful places to hike and believe that the preservation of hiking trails and their environments is important and a worthwhile

Application Instructions

Please see https://americanhiking.org/blog/american-hiking-seeks-program-manager/ for full details. Submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with “Programs Manager” in the subject line by March 28, 2021. Please be sure to let us know how you heard about this position.