Irene Syphers

Position: Next Generation Advisory Council Member

Irene lives in Portland, Maine, works for the Portland Farmers Market, and recently became a mom. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, Maine’s largest - in charge of maintaining 267 miles of trail. In 2017, Irene worked as the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Maine Field Coordinator doing asset inventory, hazard tree identification & removal, and campsite assessments, as well as hiking over 500 miles with her son in utero. In 2016, Irene graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a bachelors in Geology and Environmental Science. During this time, she attended the International Volcanological Field School in Kamchatka, Russia where she studied the Gorely and Mutnovsky Volcanos. Irene began her work on the Appalachian Trail in 2015, serving with Americorps’ Maine Conservation Corps stationed between Orbeton Stream and Poplar Ridge Lean-To. With her team, Irene helped to install rock staircases, waterbars, and stepping stones. Born and raised in Maine, Irene enjoys exploring her home state via hiking, fly fishing the rivers, and trekking to all the craft breweries throughout the state.