Active Transportation Research Fellowship

Job Type

Part Time




Details: $2,000 per month




District of Columbia
United States


About Us: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), a nonprofit organization with more than 160,000 members and supporters, is the nation's largest trails organization dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Founded in 1986, RTC’s national office is in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Location: The ideal candidate will be available to attend meetings and work in our national office in downtown Washington, D.C., but specially-qualified remote candidates will be considered.

Fellowship Description: The Active Transportation Research Fellowship is a five-month, part-time fellowship (September 2018 – January 2019) to assist RTC in quantifying and presenting a case to federal decision-makers for increased investment in active transportation infrastructure.

In 2008, RTC published “Active Transportation for America” ( to demonstrate to policy-makers the importance and value of active transportation to America’s mobility, health, and environment. With a decade of new research and the continued growth of active transportation, RTC seeks a Fellow with skills and interest in updating this document with the most current data and most compelling arguments for federal investment in active transportation infrastructure.

Work will include (but is not limited to): an extensive literature review of health, transportation, and environmental research on the benefits of trails; quantification and calculation of the benefits of trails and effects of active transportation; analysis of the effects of federal policies and laws on active transportation; and data presentation through infographics and/or other compelling formats.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have completed some graduate coursework in public policy and/or public health; have access to research databases necessary to conduct academic research and literature reviews; possess an interest in active transportation; and communicate technical data in clear and compelling ways.

Benefits: A stipend of $10,000 is available ($2,000/month) to support the work of the Active Transportation Research Fellow. RTC will support the Fellow’s meeting of university requirements for academic credit on a case-by-case basis.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should email a cover letter and résumé indicating a “Active Transportation Research Fellowship” to the following contact. In your cover letter, please explain: your qualifications; your interest in active transportation and trails; and how you learned about this position. 

Human Resources Manager

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

The Duke Ellington Building

2121 Ward Court, NW, 5th Floor

Washington, D.C. 20037


Commitment to Diversity: RTC is an equal opportunity employer and seeks qualified candidates regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or national origin. Women and diverse applicants are encouraged to apply. EOE



Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Please submit cover letter and resume.