Gateway Community Intern

Job Type

Part Time Temporary Contract


Details: $15/hour, 20-25 hours a week for 16 to 20 weeks.



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United States


Job Title: Gateway Communities Intern

Department: Florida Trail Program

Internship Description:

The Florida Trail Gateway Community Program creates a partnership with small Florida communities through which the Florida Trail passes. By partnering with these communities, we connect our hikers to the places of commerce that are an important resource to the long distance hiker. Ideally, the Gateway Community program will enhance the experience of Florida Trail hikers at the same time benefiting the business owners in these communities. 

The Gateway Communities Internship will focus on the rejuvenation of the Gateway Communities program. 

The Gateway Communities Intern will:

- Implement the existing written and phone outreach program in 6 target communities located in the Panhandle and North Florida regions.

- Travel to the 6 target communities for program coordination (2 trips each).

- Coordinate with both the USFS, the FTA, and community leaders to meet program goals.

The success of the Florida Trail Gateway Community program will increase the awareness for the Florida Trail within Florida. It also encourages thru-hiking on the Florida Trail by providing a tangible connection from the Florida Trail to the resources needed by long distance hikers.


Skills Required:

The Gateway Communities Intern should have excellent writing and speaking skills, strong entrepreneurial instincts and good research skills. A very motivated, results-oriented personality will thrive in this position. 

The intern will need to use a reliable personal vehicle for travel to/from target communities – all travel will be reimbursed at the current federal per-mile rate, and all food and lodging expenses will be covered.

Compensation: $15/hour, 20-25 hours a week for 16 to 20 weeks.

How to Apply: Send resume/CV and a cover letter to

About the Florida Trail Association

The Florida Trail Association (FTA) develops, maintains, protects and promotes a network of hiking trails throughout the state, including the unique Florida National Scenic Trail (commonly known as the Florida Trail). Together with our partners we provide opportunities for the public to hike, engage in outdoor recreation, participate in environmental education and contribute to meaningful volunteer work.

The Florida Trail is a congressionally designated National Scenic Trail. The USDA Forest Service is the administrator of the Florida Trail, charged with planning routes, overseeing development and establishing partnerships to complete the trail. The trail is approximately 1,300-miles long and is intended to offer a continuous, permanent non-motorized recreation opportunity for hiking and other compatible activities. Over its length, it showcases the incredible biodiversity, history, and rich culture of Florida. Its termini lie in Gulf Islands National Seashore to the North and Big Cypress National Preserve in the South.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Send resume/CV and a cover letter to