American Hiking Society seeks Director of Policy and Advocacy

August 31, 2017

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Position Opening: Director of Policy and Advocacy



Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society (AHS) is the only national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that preserves and protects foot trails, their surrounding natural areas, and the hiking experience. As the national voice for hikers, AHS recognizes that foot trails and hiking are essential to connect people with nature, conserve open space, provide biological corridors for diverse plants and wildlife, and promote the health of Americans and our natural environment. We represent the 47 million Americans who hike every year, and who believe that the preservation of trails is a critical legacy to leave future generations.

American Hiking Society champions conservation issues, works with Congress and federal agencies to shape public policy and legislation, builds public and private partnerships, supports volunteer stewardship, and provides critical resources to help plan, fund, and develop trails. We also provide resources to the public about how and where to hike and are committed to increasing the participation and enjoyment of hiking by everyone. 



The Director of Policy and Advocacy has primary responsibility for policy and government relations. The Director works with Congress, the Administration, federal agencies, and conservation and recreation partners to shape public policy and legislation affecting hiking. Responsibilities include advocating for funding and protection of hiking trails, promoting policies and practices that preserve natural areas, opposing policies detrimental to conservation and hiking, and promoting and protecting the hiking experience. The Director of Policy and Advocacy reports to the Executive Director. As a part of AHS’s policy, this position can telecommute. However, due to the frequency that this position needs to report to meetings and events in Washington, D.C., we are only seeking candidates that live in the D.C., MD, or VA area. The American Hiking Society headquarters is located in Silver Spring, MD.



Policy and Advocacy


Organizational Support




American Hiking Society provides an exciting, creative, and professional yet relaxed nonprofit atmosphere with a strong outdoor and conservation ethic. The ideal candidate likes to hike and is eager to share a love of the outdoors with all stakeholders. Weekend and long hours are sometimes required, but compensated. Salary is commensurate with experience. American Hiking Society offers a generous benefits package including health insurance coverage, paid leave, and outdoor gear discounts. American Hiking Society is an equal opportunity employer.


Send cover letter and resume to Include “Last Name, First Name, Director of Policy and Advocacy” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until September 12, 2017.


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