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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

Senior Accounting Manager

WTA seeks an experienced accounting professional to lead WTA’s financial management. The success of our work depends on sound decision-making and the ability to demonstrate our impact. The Senior Accounting Manager guides the organization by providing impact-focused analysis and financial management. As the accounting lead for the organization, the Senior Accounting Manager directs the full-cycle workflow for monthly and annual closing process, reconciliation preparation and review, and financial reporting duties in the organization. The role owns administration of all software applications, platforms and systems used for WTA’s accounting function.

Central and Eastern Washington regional Manager

WTA is seeking a self-motivated project manager who is committed to volunteer engagement to join its trail maintenance program. The Central and Eastern Washington Regional Manager oversees WTA’s volunteer trail maintenance work with local, state, and federal partners in the Eastern and Central Washington regions and collaborates with a statewide team to grow a high-quality, established volunteer program. 

Multi-day trips Program Coordinator

WTA is seeking a Multi-Day Trips Program Coordinator who loves working with people and shares our commitment to trail stewardship, volunteerism and building community. The primary responsibility of this position is to plan, coordinate and supervise the adult volunteer vacation program and staff. Additionally, the Program Coordinator coordinates and develops multi-day volunteer opportunities statewide, including our adult volunteer vacation, backcountry response team trips and Lost Trails Found crews.

Training and Leadership Development coordinator

WTA is seeking a Training and Leadership Development Coordinator who loves working with people and shares our commitment to trail stewardship, volunteerism and building community. This position oversees our trail maintenance program’s training calendar, develops curriculum and collaborates with other team members to coordinate trainings for both staff and volunteers statewide. They will also play a key role in recruiting and mentoring volunteer chief and assistant crew leaders.

Seasonal Positions

lost trails Found - Member

The Lost Trails Found (LTF) crew will work in backcountry locations on National Forests throughout Washington State. This crew will focus on a broad variety of backcountry projects restoring lost trails while primarily working an eight day hitch schedule. WTA is seeking a Lost Trails Found Crew Member who loves working with people and shares our commitment to trail stewardship.

trail crew leader - adult volunteer vacations

WTA is seeking a Trail Crew Leader who loves working with adults and shares our belief that everyone should feel included in the hiking community. The Trail Crew Leader works outdoors leading adult volunteers on 8-day Adult Volunteer Vacations, where crews will build and maintain trails on public lands while camping in various frontcountry and backcountry locations across Washington.

Trail Crew leader - backcountry response team

WTA is seeking a Trail Crew Leader who loves working with people and shares our commitment to trail stewardship and volunteerism. The Trail Crew Leader works outdoors leading volunteers in building and maintaining trails on public lands. The position’s primary responsibility is to lead multi-day backcountry work parties across the state of Washington. This is a temporary, full-time, field-based position based in central Washington.

Trail crew leader - darrington ranger district

WTA is seeking a Trail Crew Leader who loves working with people and shares our commitment to trail stewardship and volunteerism. The Trail Crew Leader works outdoors leading volunteers in building and maintaining trails on public lands. The position’s primary responsibility is to lead single and multi-day work parties in the North Puget Sound Region of Washington. This is a temporary, full-time, field-based position based in Darrington.

trail crew leader - mount rainier national park

WTA is seeking a Trail Crew Leader who loves working with people and shares our commitment to trail stewardship and volunteerism. The Trail Crew Leader works outdoors leading volunteers in building and maintaining trails on public lands. The position’s primary responsibility is to lead single and multi-day work parties in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington. This is a temporary, full-time, field-based position based in Mount Rainier National Park.

trail crew leader - Skykomish ranger District

WTA is seeking a Trail Crew Leader who loves working with people and shares our commitment to trail stewardship and volunteerism. The Trail Crew Leader works outdoors leading volunteers in building and maintaining trails on public lands. The position’s primary responsibility is to lead single and multi-day work parties in the North Puget Sound Region of Washington. This is a temporary, full-time, field-based position based in Skykomish.

Trail Crew leader - youth volunteer vacations

WTA is seeking a Trail Crew Leader who loves working with teens and shares our belief that everyone should feel included in the hiking community. The Trail Crew Leader works outdoors leading teen volunteers on 8-day Youth Volunteer Vacations, where crews will build and maintain trails on public lands while camping in various frontcountry and backcountry locations across Washington.

Trail crew leader for all girls crew - Youth volunteer vacation

Washington Trails Association is seeking a Trail Crew Leader who loves working with teens and shares our belief that everyone should feel included in the hiking community. The Trail Crew Leader works outdoors leading teen volunteers on 8-day Youth Volunteer Vacations, where crews will build and maintain trails on public lands while camping in various frontcountry and backcountry locations across Washington. One trip this summer will be a shared-identity trip specifically for teens who identify as girls and/or women, and is a trans-inclusive space.

trail crew leader for lgbtq+ crew - Youth volunteer vacation

WTA is seeking a Trail Crew Leader who loves working with teens and shares our belief that everyone should feel included in the hiking community. The Trail Crew Leader works outdoors leading teen volunteers on 8-day Youth Volunteer Vacations, where crews will build and maintain trails on public lands while camping in various frontcountry and backcountry locations across Washington. One trip this summer will be a shared-identity trip specifically for LGBTQ+ teens, with the goal of cultivating a sense of belonging for LGBTQ+ youth in the WTA volunteer community.

Assistant trail crew leader - youth volunteer vacation

WTA is seeking an Assistant Trail Crew Leader who loves working with teens and shares our belief that everyone should feel included in the hiking community. The Assistant Trail Crew Leader works outdoors leading teen volunteers on 8-day Youth Volunteer Vacations, where crews will build and maintain trails on public lands while camping in various frontcountry and backcountry locations across Washington.

Assistant Trail crew leader for all girls crew - Youth volunteer vacation

WTA is seeking an Assistant Trail Crew Leader who loves working with teens and shares our belief that everyone should feel included in the hiking community. The Assistant Trail Crew Leader works outdoors leading teen volunteers on 8-day Youth Volunteer Vacations, where crews will build and maintain trails on public lands while camping in various frontcountry and backcountry locations across Washington. One trip this summer will be a shared-identity trip specifically for teens who identify as girls and/or women, and is a trans-inclusive space.

Assistant trail crew leader for lgbtq+ crew - Youth volunteer vacation

Washington Trails Association is seeking an Assistant Trail Crew Leader who loves working with teens and shares our belief that everyone should feel included in the hiking community. The Assistant Trail Crew Leader works outdoors leading teen volunteers on 8-day Youth Volunteer Vacations, where crews will build and maintain trails on public lands while camping in various frontcountry and backcountry locations across Washington. One trip this summer will be a shared-identity trip specifically for LGBTQ+ teens, with the goal of cultivating a sense of belonging for LGBTQ+ youth in the WTA volunteer community.

2023 Emerging Leaders Program Cohort Member

WTA is committed to creating systemic change by increasing entry points to the outdoor industry for communities that have had inequitable access to the outdoors, including Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) individuals. The 2023 Emerging Leaders Program is a 14-week program and is designed for early professionals who want to build upon their leadership skills and grow a career in the outdoor industry.

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!