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.

    Communications

    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.

    Funding/Grants

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

    Inspections/Monitoring

    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.

    Policy/Directives/Law

    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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Documents and Media for Program Administration and Leadership

SCA Leader Teams Handbook
SCA Leader Teams Handbook

This handbook defines the role of the SCA and the Programs’ policies and guidelines. It is to be referred to and followed. There are three sections- general information, a section specifically for the Leader Team Crew Leader, and a section…

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…


Trail Skills Training Library

Recorded Trainings for Program Administration and Leadership

Trail Towns: Cultivating Community through Hiking
Trail Towns: Cultivating Community through Hiking

Beyond the economic impact of hikers spending money in the communities, what benefit do trail towns receive from trails? Whether you're a community leader, trail advocate, or simply interested in the dynamic relationship between trails and towns,…

Outdoor Recreation Policy Solutions for Climate Resilience
Outdoor Recreation Policy Solutions for Climate Resilience

From warmer and wetter winters in the South and Midwest to more intense droughts in the Southwest, the effects of climate change are a daily reality for outdoor recreation managers. This 4-part series explores how land managers, communities,…

Social Media: Better Engagement, Less Effort
Social Media: Better Engagement, Less Effort

This webinar will share social media efficiency tools that your team can start using to speed up your workflow, demonstrate their "Trial by Death" social media process, and share real world examples of great brand-first content creation that will…


Further Education

Training Programs for Program Administration and Leadership

IMBA Trail Solutions Advanced Trail Building School
IMBA Trail Solutions Advanced Trail Building School

Partner with IMBA Trail Solutions and create with confidence. By deploying a complete range of skills–including visioning, detailed design, professional construction, and training for stewardship–our comprehensive approach saves resources.

Sustainable Trails Development
Sustainable Trails Development

The Sustainable Trails curriculum welcomes students from various fields who are interested in trails development, programming and management, as well as design.

Advancing Trails Webinar Series
Advancing Trails Webinar Series

American Trails brings agencies, trail builders, planners, architects, advocates, and volunteers the latest in state-of-the-art information on all aspects of trails and greenways. Our webinars focus on a variety of trail topics, usually applicable…

Training Calendar

Upcoming Trainings for Program Administration and Leadership

Indigenous Placemaking Along Trails
American Trails
American Trails
NCSL Legislative Summit 2024
National Conference for State Legislatures
National Conference for State Legislatures
NCSL Legislative Summit 2024

August 05 - 07, 2024

Louisville, Kentucky

An Integrated Approach to Recreation and Fire Resiliency and Recovery
Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals
Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals
Social Media: Better Engagement, Less Effort
American Trails
American Trails
Outdoor Recreation Policy Solutions for Climate Resilience
Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals
Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals
Level Up Leadership Summit
International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)
International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)
Level Up Leadership Summit

September 05 - 06, 2024

Knoxville, Tennessee

The Great Trails State 2024 Conference
The Great Trails State 2024 Conference

September 11 - April 15, 2024

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Facilitation Training for Consensus That Works
The Harbinger Consultancy
The Harbinger Consultancy

Custom Trainings

There are 55 trainers on TrailSkills
with Program Administration and Leadership experience

Hire Workers

There are 214 users on TrailSkills
with Program Administration and Leadership experience

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