2021–2022 PNTS Trail Apprentice Program Applications Now Open!


The Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) is pleased to announce its second virtual Trail Apprentice Program for young leaders aged 18 to 28 years. The Trail Apprentice Program provides scholarships to young leaders interested in a career in recreation, natural resource management, conservation, environmental studies, history, or a related field, so that they can attend the PNTS virtual fall workshop for free and participate in career exploration, networking and educational opportunities amongst the National Trails community.

The program will include orientation and attendance at the 2021 National Trails Virtual Fall Workshop November 1st–November 4th. The workshop is a skill-building opportunity covering topics such as justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI); strengthening and stabilizing organizations; collaboration and engagement; conserving trail lands; and more. Those selected for the program will be an active part of the workshop dialogue, engaging in skill- and tool-sharing and networking amongst the National Scenic and Historic Trail communities. Additionally, the program will include career exploration sessions with trails professionals from a variety of disciplines. The program will run from October 2021 through January 2022.


Applicants must be between the age of 18–28 with an interest in the National Trails System.

Benefits include:

  • Free attendance at the 2021 Virtual National Trails Workshop November 1–4, 2021

  • Access to networking, professional development, and educational opportunities

  • Access to PNTS webinars at no cost for up to two years after being awarded a Trail Apprentice scholarship

  • Access to the Trail Apprentice Program Alumni Facebook Group which provides access to job postings, upcoming events, and potential networking opportunities

Applications open July 1, 2021. The deadline to apply for the Trail Apprentice Program is August 15th 2021. So don’t wait, space is limited! Please fill out an application here. You may contact cara@pnts.org with any questions about the program. Please visit https://pnts.org/new/ for more information on the Partnership for the National Trails System.


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