Position Details

Program Analyst/Administrative Specialist

ID: NPSRTCA-002-001 Location: Columbia, MO Agency: NPS
Wage/Hr: $50.00 Hours/Week: 20-40 per week Minimum Age: 55

• This position supports the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program of the National Park Service and may be performed remotely with preference given to candidates living in Missouri, especially the Jefferson City/Columbia region. • The NPS Experienced Services Program is a unique partnership created to help solve the workforce issues facing government agencies. The program connects experienced workers (age 55+) to the NPS to provide scientific, technical, and administrative support. • NPS ESP positions are meant to provide temporary, project-based support. This position is currently funded for an estimate of 26 weeks. • A background security investigation may be required prior to the start date. Only those positions with 30+ hours per week are eligible for health insurance benefits; all positions will accrue sick leave. • The experienced workers participating in the Program are referred to as “Enrollees” and are not employees of the NPS or NOWCC. NOWCC is the ESP non-governmental organization responsible for administrative aspects of the program, and the Enrollees work under NPS direction to assist the Agency staff in carrying out their mission. NPS ESP Enrollees benefit from the opportunity to keep technical skills current; to access new training opportunities; to engage in gainful project-based positions; and to undertake meaningful tasks using their experience and talent to contribute to the environment, the national economy, and their own financial security.


To provide organizational and administrative assistance for Interior Region 3/4/5 Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program projects awarded in FY22 with primary focus on the Rock Island Trail project. Provide administration and project management support for the development of the Rock Island Trail corridor.

  • Supports Project Managers to conduct community assessment meetings with groups and officials to facilitate collaboration between federal, state, interstate, and interagency entities, and to improve cooperation. Provides organizational support along with high levels of communication. Provides technical assistance and direction to local governments, and private groups regarding present and projected planning needs related to development of the Rock Island Corridor. Provides assistance to local and regional planning officials and their staff regarding policies, procedures and planning needs. Exercises considerable independence, judgment, and initiative; receives general administrative direction; work is reviewed through conferences, reports, and achieved results. 40%
  • Research, organize and maintain contact information for adjacent landowners, community groups, government officials, partner organizations and potential affiliated trail service businesses. Assist in sorting, organizing and maintaining historical documents, licenses, leases and other documents related to the Rock Island Corridor. 10%
  • Assist in the development of trailhead plans and community visions. Procedures compliant with state and federal laws, rules, and regulations relating to the environment, public health, safety, and accessibility. Research, collect, and organize draft data for fiscal, statistical, and operational reports. 30%
  • Research historical, cultural, and natural resource materials and prepare preliminary drafts of cultural, natural and environmental clearances based on research; prepare preliminary reports and interpretive materials; assist with the development of permanent and temporary exhibits; supports and presents technical/interpretive information to the general public. 20%


Minimum of 10 year(s) of experience in community planning and/or landscape architecture, program management and/or administration, and public engagement. OR BA/BS Degree in Admistration/Management, Communication, Business, Recreation/Planning

  • In-depth knowledge of business organization practices, information distribution and demonstrates high levels of communication. Basic knowledge of outdoor recreation or community planning and design with experience in program management, administration, facilitation, partnership development, and community outreach and engagement. Must have strong organizational, leadership, and communication skills. Needs to be able to work independently and in teams.
  • Experience required with Windows, MS Word, MS Excel, Power Point
  • common work tools for video conferencing, MS Teams


  • Travel Requirements: Site visits to communities in Missouri along Rock Island Trail
  • Overnight travel: May require occasional overnight travel depending on residence of enrollee, approximately 2 times per month.
  • Rental cars: 4
  • Required Safety Gear: Personal Protection Equipment related to invasive plant and insects, UV and tick protection. Adherence to COVID Prevention and Best Practices.
  • Physical requirements: Enrollee should be able to walk short distances of up to a mile along unimproved surfaces.

NEW Solutions is committed to promoting equal opportunity and to an environment free from discrimination and harassment in any form administering Experienced Worker Programs under cooperative agreements with federal agencies. It is NEW Solutions’s policy to comply with all applicable laws that provide equal opportunity and to prohibit unlawful discrimination in enrolling participants in the federal programs.