Apply to Be a 2019 NextGen Trail Leader

American Hiking Society (AHS) invites applications for its second class of NextGen Trail Leaders.We’re looking for rising stars in the outdoor community, from all walks of life and across the country, to be the voice of young hikers through advocacy and stewardship to protect public lands. 

Deadline to apply is December 3, 2018.

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NextGen Trail Leaders will:

  • Represent American Hiking Society as a voice for public lands across social media and AHS communications;
  • Receive advocacy and communications training to be effective advocates and leaders;
  • Travel to Washington, DC in February to participate in Hike the Hill®, the annual advocacy week for trail users, and meet with members of Congress and agency leaders on public lands and trail issues;
  • Join annual National Trails Day® events in their local areas in June as a host or participant;
  • Have the opportunity to participate in an American Hiking Volunteer Vacation stewardship trip;
  • Build connections with other professionals in the outdoor industry; and
  • Participate in other AHS programs and activities

AHS Sponsorship for NextGen Trail Leaders includes:

  • Trip to Washington, DC to participate in Hike the Hill® (including airfare, lodging, meals, and Hike the Hill® registration);
  • Complimentary registration for an American Hiking Volunteer Vacation trip;
  • 1-year Hiker membership to AHS (includes a 1 year subscription to BACKPACKER magazine);
  • Invaluable advocacy and communications training;
  • Networking opportunities with leaders and other professionals in the outdoor industry; and
  • Swag and gear from AHS and corporate sponsors

Applicants should be:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 40;
  • Rising stars in and passionate about outdoor advocacy and stewardship
  • Excellent, dynamic communicators
  • Available to attend Hike the Hill®  February 10-13, 2019
  • Available to Attend or Host a National Trails Day®  Event in their local area on June 1, 2019; and
  • Available to engage regularly throughout the year on social media and AHS communications on efforts to protect public lands.

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