Job Details

Trails Master Planner


Montgomery Parks, M-NCPPC






Silver Spring, Maryland, United States


Engineering, Government, Landscape Architecture




The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Montgomery County Department of Parks (Parks) a six-time National Recreation and Parks Association Gold Medal Award Winner is seeking a Trails Program Manager to oversee the management, expansion and improvement of its extensive network of trails. The current network includes 80 miles of hard surface trail and 180 miles of natural surface trail. Parks has a career staff complement of nearly 800 employees and serves a diverse population of more than one million residents. The Department manages 421 parks on nearly 37,000 acres of parkland with an annual operating budget of over $100 million, and a six-year Capital Improvements Program of over $200 million.  
This is an exciting opportunity to join a team that is working to help shape the future of one of nation's largest and most diverse park systems in the nation. In addition to having a world-class park system, Montgomery County, Maryland is a metropolitan destination for technological innovation, world-class higher education, performing arts, hospitality and tourism, and entrepreneurship.
Job Summary:
Parks is committed to creating a world class, destination trail system. To advance that goal, we are seeking an innovative, motivated, big picture thinking Trail Program Manager.
Major duties will include: developing collaborative relationships with trail user groups, transportation agencies, planning agencies and other trail stakeholders, analyzing current trail plans and our current trail system and developing a dynamic strategy for how to become a world class trail system; developing an overarching strategy for implementing recommendations in the Countywide Trails Plan; performing natural and hard surface trail planning studies; coordinating with the volunteer trail coordinator; managing the natural surface trail implementation program; creating and implementing an annual trails work plan; collaborating with multi-disciplinary professional staff in team environments as the lead on plan review and analysis of trails, transportation, and other infrastructure projects on parkland; creating or contributing to park master plans; and participating in park system planning and reports on park issues and projects especially as they pertain to trails, transportation, and other infrastructure improvements on parkland.

Important Skills and Characteristics:
The successful candidate will have extensive experience with: multimodal trail planning, natural and hard surface trail design; evaluating trail needs and connectivity; understanding environmental constraints on trail alignments; reading and interpreting engineered drawings and grading plans to understand potential impacts to trails; project management; the principles of sustainable trails standards; different strategies for trail user counts; and successfully reaching out to and obtaining buy-in from different trail user groups (e.g. hikers, bikers and equestrians). Other desirable characteristics include: GIS; knowledge of Federal, State, and County laws, permits, and construction requirements; environmental and forest conservation laws, policies and plans; transportation engineering; and hands-on experience constructing natural surface trails.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master Planner: Master's degree in planning, architecture, parks, engineering, environmental science, public administration, or related fields and six years of progressively responsible professional level planning experience that included at least three years of project leadership and coordination experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.