Career Opportunities


Open Positions


Position Summary

Parks & Trails New York seeks a dynamic candidate who enjoys the challenge of working on a variety of projects in a collaborative environment with a committed, creative team.The Park Program Director, who reports to and works closely with the Executive Director, is charged with organizing, activating and providing leadership for an effective coalition and broad-based constituency for parks.

Detailed Responsibilities

  • Strengthen public-private partnerships by working with state park and historic site Friends groups to improve networking and information sharing and build their organizational capacity
  • Organize and promote an annual Park Advocacy Day and statewide “I Love My Park” day and periodic conferences for Friends groups
  • Oversee the Park and Trail Partnership Program, a $1 million grants program for Friends groups
  • Advocate among opinion leaders and decision makers for improved stewardship and increased and new sources of government and private funding for parks
  • Supervise staff and interns
  • Develop and produce print and electronic newsletters, social media posts, reports, and other publications

    Position Summary

    Parks & Trails New York seeks a dynamic, goal-oriented candidate who enjoys the challenge of working on a variety of fundraising programs and working in a collaborative environment with a committed, creative team.The Development Director, who reports to and works closely with the Executive Director, as well as a Board Development Committee, designs, develops and implements a range of fundraising initiatives, including individual giving, membership, corporate sponsorships, foundation and government grants, online giving, and special events.

    Detailed Responsibilities

    • Develop a comprehensive annual fund development plan, including revenue goals and sources. Analyze progress towards those goals throughout the year.
    • Identify, cultivate and solicit prospects for financial support, including individuals, corporations, foundations, and special event sponsors, and nurture existing funders.
    • Direct membership program.
    • Oversee online fundraising.
    • Create and oversee production of fundraising materials: membership acquisition and retention vehicles, board solicitations, annual fund appeals, annual report, newsletters, donor communications.
    • Manage fundraising receptions.
    • Work closely with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, Development Committee, staff, and volunteers in fundraising activities, especially donor and prospect cultivation.
    • Participate in solicitations, as appropriate.

    Assistant Bike Tour Director

    Parks & Trails New York seeks a part-time Assistant Bike Tour Director to help organize an 8-day, 400-mile recreational bicycle tour that occurs in July. The Assistant Bike Tour Director will work closely with the Ride Directors, who have directed bike tours for 20+ years.

    Experience/skills desired: event planning, community outreach, communications, database management, marketing, administration

    Tasks and Responsibilities:

    • Provide pre-tour support during the winter and spring and then again for several weeks post-tour
    • Assist with marketing, promotion and sponsorship efforts, including attending expos
    • Answer potential cyclists' questions
    • Handle registration fulfillment
    • Organize pre-tour materials and supplies
    • Help with planning of ride logistics
    • Maintain communication with riders through monthly email updates, website and social media
    • Conduct post-tour wrap up activities
    • Provide direct services during the ride
    • Purchase supplies
    • Help organize volunteers
    • Direct vehicle (SAG) support during event, help out cyclists with minor mechanical support

    Why work for PTNY?

    People choose a career at Parks & Trails New York to improve the health, economy, and quality of life for all New Yorkers by working to make the use and enjoyment of green space possible for everyone. We think that kind of commitment is amazing, and it is why taking care of our employees is a priority for us. Our benefits include:

  • Time to take care of yourself, starting with three weeks of vacation and increasing to five weeks, along with holidays and sick days
  • Time to take care of your family through generous family leave benefits
  • Top notch individual health and dental benefits
  • 403(b) employer match program with no administrative fees (after 2 years of employment)
  • Pre-tax health, and dependent care benefits through a Flexible Spending Accouont.
  • Free bus pass or the equivalent amount contributed toward your parking fees in downtown Albany
  • Long-term disability insurance coverage
  • $50,000 in life insurance coverage (after 2 months of employment)

  • Parks & Trails New York is an equal opportunity employer.