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The Pacific Northwest Trail Association is seeking new board members.

Pacific Northwest Trail Association Board Member

The Pacific Northwest Trail Association (PNTA) is seeking new board members to provide mission-based leadership, strategic governance, and executional capacity to support our staff during this exciting time of growth for the organization and trail.

About PNTA

Our mission is to build and manage the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (PNNST) and conserve the wild places that it traverses.

The PNNST — also known as the Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT) — is a 1200-mile non-motorized recreation trail running from the Continental Divide to the Pacific Ocean that crosses three national parks, seven national forests, two other national scenic trails and several mountain ranges. It was designated a national scenic trail by Congress under the National Trails System Act in 2009 with a vision to be “as much as possible a wilderness trail.” We anticipate the approval of the PNT’s Comprehensive Management Plan in 2023 which will result in a critical period of growth as PNTA expands its impact.

To advance our mission, our small, dedicated team of staff leads (1) trail work and conservation, (2) advocacy, (3) public education, and (4) partnership and collaboration.
Organization Values: Trust, Intentionality, and Inclusion.

The PNTA Board

Our volunteer board members come from various walks of life, professions, and backgrounds — and together with the staff, we share a deep commitment to stewarding the PNT.

Board members are involved with fundraising, community outreach, strategic planning, and programmatic oversight working to see the PNT completed, protected, and funded while maintaining a commitment to the PNTA’s mission and values.

Board meetings are held six times per year (5 virtual and 1 in-person) and members are expected to participate in committee-driven work throughout the year.

Board Member Role Overview

PNTA board members are expected to join with…

  • Enthusiasm and commitment to PNTA mission and values.
  • Commitment to attend board meetings, PNTA volunteer events, and actively engage in the work of the board including serving on board committees.
  • Willingness to contribute financial gifts to the PNTA and to actively participate in fundraising for the organization.

In addition, we are looking to expand our board in a way that brings new knowledge, skills, capabilities, capacity, and lived experience to our team. Specifically, we are seeking those with….

  • Understanding of non-profit finances, capacity building and growth planning, community relations, human resources management, volunteerism, trail maintenance and development, conservation, and/or land acquisition
  • Understanding or experience with public land management agencies and policy
  • Experience deepening inclusion — removing social and physical barriers to access — in the outdoors
  • We strive to have a board that is representative of our communities – including trail users, trail town residents, people with an understanding of local, state, and federal agencies, and community partners – and have observed that those residing in Montana, Idaho, or Washington are often best positioned to engage in our work.
How to Apply

To apply, email with your resume and a letter of interest.

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