Career Opportunities


Open Positions


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.



This program provides an opportunity for undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates with degrees in environmental studies to work in Albany with the PTNY staff to:

  • Shape policies
  • Organize grassroots constituents
  • Provide stewardship for parks and other outdoor recreational facilities

PTNY’s multi-pronged approach to expanding, protecting, and promoting New York’s parks and trails provides a myriad of professional opportunities for environmentalists and planners in the early stages of their careers.


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.