Program Administration and Leadership

Program Administration and Leadership Skills Include:

    Program Budgeting

    Determine the overall costs of programs including tools, consumables, volunteer and staff time, equipment, materials.


    Effectively communicate trail and partnership information to trail administrators, trail managers, and the public.

    Contract Administration

    Provide management of trail-related contracts and agreements as well as oversight of contractor activities and deadlines.

    Education and Public Outreach

    Develop and conduct workshops, seminars and other training for employees, public and private sector partners, and others on management issues and policy, direction, and guidelines. Empower others to competently and safely sustain the trail.


    Align trail projects and their specific goals to grant funds. Grant administration includes grant writing, project reporting, financial tracking, and funding/funder communication.


    Monitor and document use and trail conditions to determine impacts on natural, social/experiential, historic, and cultural resources.

    Partnership and Collaboration

    Demonstrate awareness of the capabilities of both (1) one's own agency/organization as well as (2) partners. Develop the capacity to work with a variety of user groups and partners to identify and promote various interests related to trails.


    Apply knowledge of land management agency policies and law (including legislation, regulations, policy, planning, strategy, and management directives/guidelines) to the management of trails.

    Visitor Use Management and Monitoring

    Manage trails for a variety of uses and visitor experiences while meeting trail objectives. Monitor use to evaluate the trail experience (i.e., "Does the trail meet visitor expectations and agency/org. mission?").

    Agreement Development

    Develop contracts, cooperative agreements or memo. of understanding with land managers and partners that address the roles and resp. of all parties and define cooperative relationships.

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Resources for Program Administration and Leadership

Storytelling - Marketing & Communications
Storytelling - Marketing & Communications

Storytelling is a powerful tool for talking about your programs and projects in ways that motivate and inspire your audiences – while also communicating valuable information about where your work takes place, what the volunteer experience is like,…

Strategic Communications Planning
Strategic Communications Planning

This guide offers a variety of materials, tips and techniques for helping you develop or expand your organization’s strategic communications planning efforts.

Skilled Volunteers and Roles Training
Skilled Volunteers and Roles Training

This guide addresses ways your organization can create and implement strategies to develop skilled volunteer leaders. After reading this guide, you will be able to assess your volunteer leadership needs, identify training resources and begin…

Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook
Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook

Consider this workbook as a starting point. Every project is different. This workbook is intended as a guide to be adapted for specific situations.

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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)
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Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS)
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Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE)
AORE Inclusive Summit

April 24, 2024

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California Trails and Greenways Foundation (CTGF)
California Trails & Greenways 2024

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The Watershed Research and Training Center
2024 Northern California Singletrack Summit

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Larry Lechner

Trainer Higher Education

Bellvue, CO

Member of Center for Protected Area Management and Training at Colorado State University,…


Dylan Lang

Conservation Legacy

Trainer Corps

Salida, CO


Galeo Saintz

Contractor Trainer Nonprofit

Plettenberg Bay

Galeo Saintz is the co-founder of South Africa’s two longest trail initiatives. For 10 years he…


Don Kelly

USDA Forest Service

Trainer Agency

Marion, VA

I have over 32 years of experience performing conservation, trails, and construction related…


Jed Talbot

OBP Trailworks, LLC

Contractor Trainer

Brunswick, ME

Jed Talbot is the owner of OBP Trailworks, LLC, a Maine based company that designs, builds, and…


Jim Bedwell

Contractor Trainer

Golden, CO

Thirty-eight years of experience in the US Forest Service in landscape architecture, recreation…

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Kyle Koch

Maine Coast Heritage Trust


Whiting, ME

Unity College, Unity ME, freshwater ecology undergrad. 15 years experience fish habitat restoration…


Ben Appleby

Linear Active LLC

Contractor Trainer

Zanesville, OH

I am the founder and owner of Linear Active LLC. I started the business in 2012 after completing my…


Joe Hall

Washington Conservation Corps


Spokane, WA


Deno Contos

Contractor Trainer

Greenville, SC

Benchmark Trails is a full service trail design, layout and construction firm with over 20 years of…


Larry Knutson

Penn Trails LLC

Contractor Trainer

Newville, PA

Larry Knutson, is founder and President of Penn Trails LLC. A cloud based company for 16 years, we…


Ryan King


Indianapolis, IN

Landscape Architect for BF&S responsible for the design and development of park, trail, site…

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