Trail Program Director

Job Description

The Syracuse-Wawasee Trail Committee is searching for an Director of the Syracuse Wawasee Trails who will assist in the continued development, administration and maintenance of a growing trail system in and around Syracuse, Indiana including the Lakes Wawasee area.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The following duties and responsibilities are normal for this position. These are not construed as exclusive or all-inclusive and other duties and responsibilities may be required or assigned.

  • Research availability and apply for relevant trail grants
  • Develop, implement and manage a day to day maintenance program for the trails including recruiting volunteers and hiring contractors
  • Prepare mailings to solicit donations and promote trail activities
  • Promote the trail system in creative ways, including the web and social media
  • Meet and build relationships with local civic, government and non-profit organizations
  • Develop and promote a Trail Builders membership group
  • Work with engineers on the design and construction of future trail projects
  • Meet with property owners or home owners associations to plan trail routes and negotiate easements
  • Attend and present at monthly Trail Committee meetings
  • Provide written and oral reports to the Trail Committee
  • Organize trail rides/walks and promote trail usage
  • Develop and organize events that will raise funds needed for day to day operations of the Trail system including salary of Director

Skills and experience needed

  • Energetic person who is self-motivated and self-directed
  • Passion for trails and outdoor recreation
  • Ability to work with people
  • Ability to speak to the public and build enthusiasm about trails
  • Ability to write grant applications and newsletters
  • Ability to manage complex projects and events
  • Working knowledge of social media and word processing, spreadsheet and data base software
  • Ability to use varied maintenance equipment such as rakes, shovels and other hand held tools (such as hammers, drills, weed eaters, hedge trimmers)
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed

Education & Experience:

Preferred college course work and/or experience in parks, recreation, non-profit management, public administration, or related field

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Pay: $25,000.00 - $50,000.00 per year


  • Weekend availability

Supplemental pay types:

  • Bonus pay

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Syracuse, IN 46567: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred)

Application Question(s):

  • Do you have a passion for enjoying the out of doors?


  • High school or equivalent (Required)


  • project management: 1 year (Required)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Syracuse, IN 46567

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