Traillink Researh Analyst and Writer

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Published: July 25, 2019
Washington, DC, Washington, DC
Job Type
Analyst / Research / Outreach / Advocacy / Planning / Land Use /

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~ Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is a national nonprofit building healthy place for healthy people by advancing trails, bicycling and walking through promoting multi-purpose bike trails, alternative transportation and active sustainable living. ~

With more than 160,000 members and supporters, RTC is the nation's largest trails organization dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines and connecting corridors. 

Founded in 1986, RTC’s national office is located in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. 

Position Overview

RTC is seeking a TraiLink Research Assistant/Writer to help execute research and compile multimedia content for RTC’s trail-finder database, Specifically, the individual will create new informational records for historic people and places along the Great American Rail-Trail, a developing 3,700-miles cross-country trail connecting Washington, D.C., and Washington State.

This is a temporary, 40 hours/week position lasting approximately 6–9 months beginning August 2019. The salary is $14–$18/hour depending on experience and does not include benefits.

Job Location: This position is located in RTC’s national office in Washington, D.C. (West End/DuPont Circle area), and is easily accessible from Metro’s Red line (Farragut North) and Blue/Orange/Silver lines (Foggy Bottom).


Specific duties include the following:

  • Perform historical research on a prioritized list of trail records along the Great American Rail-Trail utilizing online tools and databases such as Google Maps/Open Street Map (OSM) and the Library of Congress and National Register of Historic Places databases.
  • Collect information and content (multimedia, video/audio) for individual records; includes utilizing direct/email outreach to engage with trail-related historic preservation groups and organizations to secure historical photos/videos.
  • Engage in database/CMS entry and basic HTML editing to upload, compile and publish content for individual records, ensuring each new TrailLink record has a consistent content mix and presentation.


The successful candidate will be self-motivated, with a high level of professionalism and the ability to work independently and as a team player. Other qualifications include the following:

  • One to three years of experience executing a broad spectrum of research, planning, writing and content editing in a professional capacity
  • Excellent writing, editing, fact-checking and proofreading skills with familiarity in AP style
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, particularly related to research implementation
  • Ability to interpret information from a variety of public sources
  • Proficiency in database and content management
  • Proficiency in photo-editing and Photoshop
  • Proficiency in map-related research (Google Maps, OSM) and ArcGIS software (preferred)
  • Website content knowledge (SEO, HTML) (preferred)
  • Work Environment
  • Normal office setting with low-to-moderate noise level.

Note: RTC reserves the right to revise, change or reclassify this job description at any time in accordance with RTC’s business needs. This job description is by no means an implied contract.


  • The salary is $14-18/hour depending on experience lasting approximately 6 to 8 months. The position does not include benefits.
  • If you have the skills we are seeking, enjoy active and sustainable living, this is a job experience for you.

To Apply

Please choose one form of transmitting your application materials. Mail, fax or email cover letter, résumé and 3 professional references to Elton Clark:

  • Click "Apply" below to email your application materials. 
  • No phone calls please, unless contacted for an in-person interview. 
  • Recruiters, please do not contact our offices.

Human Resources Manager
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
The Duke Ellington Building
2121 Ward Court, NW, 5th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20037

Fax: 202.223.9257

Commitment to Diversity: RTC is an equal opportunity employer and seeks qualified candidates regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or national origin. Women and diverse applicants are encouraged to apply. EOE

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