Trail Experience Intern Position Open Now

Position Title: Trail Experience Intern   

Position Status: Temporary, Stipend

Reports To: Director of Development and Communications


Position Description                                                            

About Friends of the Riverfront

We build safe, clean, and accessible riverfront trails as part of the Three Rivers Heritage & Water Trail systems to create and maintain an outstanding experience for trail users while providing economic, environmental, and health benefits to the Pittsburgh region. 

Dates of Internship: Beginning of March through May 2024, with the option to extend a further 3 months, June through August

Hours Expected: 12 hours a week. Hours can be flexible, and some hours can be completed virtually but in-person hours are required.

A stipend of $800 is offered for this internship, paid at halfway and at the end of a three-month period.


Purpose of Position

Intern will work within the existing Trail Experience program to support the Trail Experience Coordinator directly. This position will include helping to coordinate a range of activities, including the second season of our Trail Ambassadors during spring recruitment and training, as well as helping to coordinate and sometimes attend partner and outreach events. This internship will present considerable opportunity to help manage a new program – the Trail Ambassadors – and to continue to strengthen the Trail Experience program overall under the supervision of the Director of Development and Communications.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

These duties are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Work with the Director of Development and Communications and Trail Experience Coordinator
  • Support the Trail Experience Coordinator in management of the Trail Ambassadors Program, including in-person, in-office and virtual interactions with the Ambassadors
  • Gather Ambassadors feedback and re-route it to appropriate staff in Friends
  • Reach out to and help coordinate with event partners and other contacts on tabling and outreach opportunities
  • Attend outreach events out-of-office and represent Friends of the Riverfront when appropriate – transportation will be provided to these events
  • Help monitor various online platforms including AllTrails
  • Data entry and file management


Skills and Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds in the course of work
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from our office in Etna
  • Must be able to work independently
  • Must be able to use Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook and Word
  • Must have good interpersonal and communication skills and ability to interact with the public
  • Must be reliable and systematic in work habits
  • Must have the ability to react to change productively and handle other essential tasks as assigned
  • Must be attentive to detail
  • Must be respectful and patient with the public
  • An educational background and/or experience in environmental conservation, non-profit work, or community outreach a plus


The interview process is expected to begin second week of January 2024, with a notification of final decision expected in late February. All interviewees will receive notification of our decision.


Start date: first week of March, day/s/times in office TBD after hiring

Please submit a résumé and brief cover letter to Kate Angell, Director of Development and Communications, via email at In the cover letter, please include what you hope to gain from an internship with Friends of the Riverfront, and what makes you a good fit for this internship.

As an equal-opportunity employer, Friends of the Riverfront prides itself in celebrating diversity and does not discriminate in any of its programs, policies, procedures, or employment practices on the basis of race, color, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, religion, sex, pregnancy or related medical condition, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. Friends of the Riverfront is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Pennsylvanian Corporation.


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