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

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Upcoming trainings for Program Administration and Leadership

2023 SC BikeWalkTrails Summit
Palmetto Cycling Coalition
Palmetto Cycling Coalition
2023 SC BikeWalkTrails Summit

June 08, 2023

Newberry, South Carolina

Documenting the Stories of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail
Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS)
Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS)
Developing a Program to Reduce Trail Conflicts
American Trails
American Trails
Helping Wheelchair Hikers Find Hiking Trails
American Trails
American Trails
Upcoming Grant Opportunities with National Park Trust
Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS)
Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS)
Trail-Specific Insurance Town Hall
American Trails
American Trails
Visitor Use Management Workshop
Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals
Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals
Visitor Use Management Workshop

August 15 - 17, 2023

NPS Healthy Parks, Healthy People
Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals
Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals

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Custom Trainings

Here's a list of Trainers with Program Administration and Leadership experience:


Jed Talbot

OBP Trailworks, LLC

Contractor Trainer

Turner, Me

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


Sarah Walter

Penn Trails LLC

Contractor Trainer

Carlisle, Pa

Sarah is a licensed Landscape Architect in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, with prior experience in…


Landon Welsh

Pacific Crest Trail Association

Trainer Nonprofit

Seattle, Wa

Volunteer Training Coordinator for the Pacific Crest Trail Association-- planning trail-wide…


Trail Workers with Program Administration and Leadership Experience


Don Kelly

USDA Forest Service

Trainer Agency

Marion, Va

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


Ryan King


Indianapolis, In

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


Holly Knox

USDA Forest Service


Mendon, Vt

Twenty+ year career devoted to public service and federal land management - currently serving as…


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…


Greg Kopsch

Higher Education

Steve Kruger

Trainer Nonprofit

Portland, Or

Steve has worked in parks and natural areas for nearly 20 years, around San Francisco, Milwaukee,…

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Federal Highway Administration USDA Forest Service National Park Service Bureau of Land Management
American Trails Professional TrailBuilders Association Partnership for the National Trails System Northern Vermont University Northwest Arkansas Community College Eppley Institute Corps Network