Manager Position Open for the Old Spanish Trail Association
June 11, 2018

The Old Spanish Trail has been called the most arduous and difficult trail in the United States. With Native American historical roots, the trail was used by the adventurous and opportunists bringing textiles from Santa Fe to trade for mules and horses in Los Angeles beginning in the early 1800s. Spanning more than 2500 miles and six states – New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California – parts of the trail were used by fur trappers and later by settlers, railroad, and military surveyors.

On many levels, the Old Spanish Trail Association – OSTA – is a dynamic, active and progressive organization. We are seeking a manager who wants to be an integral part of our team, who appreciates our successes and is eager to help us with our challenges.

 We require a person with imagination and flexibility to manage the day to day operation of the association, help formulate our strategic direction, engage our partners, and grow Association membership.

We enjoy a good relationship with our federal partners (National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management) and currently have more than 400 members. We recognize diversity and strive to include Hispanic and Native American histories, tribes, and their organizations. We are a member of the Partnership for the National Trails System. Our trail was recognized as a National Historic Trail in 2002.

Much more information, including board structure and organization, can be found at

About the OSTA Manager position, qualifications, and how to apply

Compensation to the manager is dependent on experience and qualifications. All approved expenses are reimbursable.

Those interested in this position, and submitting a resume, must reside in one of the six states served by OSTA with close proximity to any of its segments ideal.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and three references with complete contact information to Please submit a single PDF file and use the subject line Manager Resume. No phone calls please. Deadline: July 6, 2018.

The manager is an independent contractor with a 12-month contract, renewable upon concurrence of the OSTA board and the contractor. The manager is responsible for applicable taxes, insurance; OSTA is not responsible for any benefits. The manager works out of his/her own facility using his/her own computer; however, software purchases and/or upgrades might be considered. We adhere to all IRS rules and regulations pursuant to contractor agreements.

Payment and expense refunds are paid monthly. Travel (as a fully-reimbursable expense using government rates) within our six-state area is required; a yearly trip with the PNTS to Washington, D.C. is optional but highly recommended; other travel subject to approval.

We utilize a “universal” postal system – mail is forwarded directly to the manager twice a month.

The ideal candidate could or should have:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in an applicable field such as history, public policy, public administration, etc.
  • Excellent communication and organization skills, with emphasis on prioritization of tasks
  • Grant writing experience for the private/corporate sector as well as the public/government sector
  • Knowledge or strong interest in American western history
  • Experience with non-profits (NGOs)
  • Knowledge of NPS/BLM (Department of Interior) or related agencies
  • Comfort level and working knowledge of technologies – social media, Internet opportunities, GPS, mapping
  • Experience with contracts and agreements in both public and private sector
  • Stewardship/preservation strategies and implementations

Other helpful experience:

  • Proven success in membership recruitment and retention
  • Recreation/Open Space/Conservation planning and implementation

The manager:

  • Works with the president, board and members, developing forward-thinking strategies and ideas
  • Coordinates with our NPS/BLM partners on issues, strategies, agreements
  • Responds in a proactive and timely manner to a variety of threats posed to the trail, from local planning to energy issues
  • Submits available grant applications to federal agencies after proper application, scoping and fulfillment obligations have been met
  • Supervises service contractors and coordinates with volunteers