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Careers at WTA

We're looking for collaborative, passionate people to help us build trails for everyone, forever. Learn more about our hiring process, benefits and see our open jobs.

Help us build trails for everyone, forever

Everyone deserves to have opportunities to recreate outdoors and to have safe, welcoming and inclusive experiences on trail. If there’s one thing we know — it’s that trails and access to the outdoors are a must-have. Help us ensure more people have access to the benefits of time spent in nature. Let’s build those trails together.


Who we are

We are a collaborative and fun community of passionate individuals, motivating each other to give our best efforts at work. Although we may be tackling some of the biggest problems facing hikers and public lands — we inspire and challenge each other to be fierce, take risks and celebrate when we can. 


Benefits


Safety, fun, and work — in that order

Safety, fun and work — in that order — has been the WTA trail maintenance motto since our program was founded more than 25 years ago. Whether on trail or in office, we believe fostering a safe and fun environment enables us to do our work better.

Competitive pay and benefits

We’re committed to providing a total compensation program that aligns with our culture, values and strategic direction.

  • Base pay rates starting within the top half of the labor market 
  • Company matches to retirement plan
  • 100% employer paid health care options for medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Flexible spending account for health and dependent care
  • Long term disability coverage and employee assistance program
  • Generous paid time off
  • Prodeals: Employee discounts on outdoor gear
  • Personal gear reimbursement for field gear or work from home supplies
  • Public transit subsidy (for Seattle-based positions)
  • 4 weeks of paid sabbatical leave
  • Professional development and paid training


WTA's hiring process

Committed to equity

WTA is committed to advancing equity through our work and to becoming a more inclusive organization. People of color and others with underrepresented identities (including but not limited to: gender identity, class, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, age, ability, and background) are strongly encouraged to apply. 

WTA does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of age, color, gender identity, marital status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Our application procesS

Please reference the job posting for specific application directions.

Applications received by the priority deadline listed on individual postings will be given full consideration. We review complete applications after the priority deadline and then on a rolling basis, though early applications are strongly encouraged. Note that we contact only those applicants we are moving forward. If you do not hear from us, please accept our appreciation for your interest in working at Washington Trails Association. 

Our interview process typically includes:

    • Application screening
    • Phone screening
    • Interview(s)
    • Reference check
    • Depending on the position, supplemental materials, a background check, and/or additional follow-up may be required

WTA provides reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities during the application and interview process, as well as during ongoing employment with WTA. If you believe you may need an accommodation while seeking employment, or if you have any questions about WTA’s reasonable accommodation process, please email  HR@wta.org.


Current full time positions

Policy and planning Manager

WTA is looking for a seasoned Policy and Planning Manager to lead WTA’s engagement in advocacy issues around the state and advance our mission to mobilize hikers and everyone who loves the outdoors to explore, steward and champion trails and public lands. The ideal candidate will be someone who loves digging into trails and public lands policy and thrives in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. The Policy and Planning Manager will contribute to the overall success of WTA by developing and implementing WTA’s federal legislative strategic priorities and campaigns.

Marketing Manager

WTA is looking for a seasoned marketing professional to bring new expertise to our successful communications team. We are looking for someone who excels at developing strategies and content that will motivate people to engage more deeply with WTA’s mission to inspire hikers to explore and protect trails. This person will play an important role in helping set and execute our community engagement and marketing strategies across our digital platforms, as well as aligning and enhancing our communications across the organization.

Seasonal Positions

Photography and Digital Image Management Intern

WTA seeks a part-time Photography and Digital Image Management Intern to support the communications team this summer to advance its mission to mobilize hikers and everyone who loves the outdoors to explore, steward and champion trails and public lands. The ideal candidate will be familiar with photography and keyword tagging and will contribute to the overall success of WTA by cataloging and tagging a wide array of images for use in print and online assets.

Volunteering

We are always accepting new volunteers! WTA works with more than 5,000 volunteers each year. From maintaining trails to helping out in the office, we would love to have you!