Regional Manager - Maine

Feb 8, 2019, 15:53 PM
Location : Maine - Exact Location TBD
Department : Conservation
Supervisor : Senior Regional Director - North
Type : Full-time
Position Summary:

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is seeking a dynamic and creative conservationist to serve as the Regional Manager – Maine (RMM). The RMM focuses on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) in Maine from Grafton Notch to Katahdin in Baxter State Park, a distance of 267 Trail miles. Many Trail enthusiasts consider the A.T. in Maine to be one of the most rugged, scenic, remote, and rewarding sections of the entire 2,190 mile Appalachian Trail. The RMM works in a dynamic suite of partnerships that share a passion and dedication to uphold a high standard for managing and protecting the Appalachian Trail throughout Maine.

As the ATC’s primary representative in Maine, the RMM leads and supports programs and projects in trail and natural resource management, visitor education, and community and youth outreach throughout the state. While the RMM is the only full time ATC staff member based in Maine and they are supported closely by a team of 8 staff who work from northern PA to Maine, along with several seasonal positions based in Maine. The RMM also collaborates with ATC Trail-wide staff in Natural Resource Management, Education and Outreach, Marketing and Development, and Land Conservation on project-based initiatives as well as volunteers and partner organizations. The RMM reports to the Senior Regional Director – North and works within the Northeast Regional Office of ATC. The RMM also supervises and supports a team of seasonal staff in Maine. The ideal candidate thrives while working both in an autonomous working environment and as part of a team.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:


The RMM serves as ATC’s essential representative in Maine working within the federally-legislated Appalachian National Scenic Trail Cooperative Management System by facilitating, growing and supporting partnerships with the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, agency partners including Baxter State Park, the Bureau of Parks and Lands and the National Park Service, and conservation partners such as the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust. Partnership activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Participating in club and agency meetings and work trips
  • Briefing local management partners regarding ATC strategic direction, policies, programs and projects.
  • Providing assistance and technical expertise, where appropriate.
  • Serving as the ATC representative to the Executive Committee of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club
  • Serving as the ATC representative on the board of the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust
  • Coordinating the Baxter A.T. Task Force
  • Serving as ATC representative on identified regional conservation partnerships in Maine
  • Developing working relationships and alliances with identified organizations that strengthen the capacity of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Cooperative Management System



    The RMM leads or supports all of ATC’s diverse programs in Maine. Current programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Visitor use outreach/education including supervision of the Monson A.T. Visitor Center and Leave No Trace education
  • Volunteer skill development trainings
  • Kennebec Canoe Ferry contract administration and program development
  • Federally and privately funded trail repair and reconstruction efforts including extensive project planning and contract administration
  • Coordinating environmental review process and meeting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) requirements
  • High-risk tree assessment, training, monitoring, removal, data management, program development, and reporting
  • External threats response
  • Land conservation projects
  • Corridor Lands stewardship and surveyed boundary maintenance and monitoring
  • ATC Land Trust property monitoring
  • Rare plant monitoring and Non-Native Invasive Species (NNIS) monitoring and management
  • Appalachian Trail Community support such as attending events and supporting local initiatives
  • Youth engagement and skill training events
  • Incident and media response
  • ATC membership and fundraising including donor outreach and cultivation
  • Grant writing and reporting to support and expand program areas



    Supervision of seasonal employees and interns is a core responsibility within some program areas. These positions may change on a need or programmatic basis. Currently the RMM oversees a Monson Visitor Center Manager, RidgeRunner/Monson Visitor Center assistant, Maine Field Coordinator, and youth programing intern. The RMM also supports a team of seasonal Corridor Stewardship technicians as needed. Supervision duties include but are not limited to:

  • Recruitment and Hiring
  • Pre-Season Training
  • Creating seasonal work plans and prioritizing projects
  • Regular check ins with each seasonal employee
  • Managing team dynamics
  • Tracking and approving timesheets and expense reports
  • Post season close outs including exit interviews



    The RMM is an active member of the Northeast Regional Office team and works with ATC staff Trail-wide to administratively support the mission of ATC. Administrative responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting the Senior Regional Director - North and other regional staff in program planning, development, and budget management
  • Supporting a professional and safe office environment including general upkeep of visitor reception area and work spaces
  • Attending regional and national staff and partnership meetings and retreats
  • Completing accurate and timely expense reports, timesheets, and purchasing procedures
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, recreation management, resource management or related field, with 3-5 years of experience required
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, organize and manage multiple tasks and relationships in an environment with minimal direct daily supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within diverse partnerships
  • Ability and commitment to be fully engaged in a dispersed yet cohesive staff team structure
  • Dynamic and creative problem-solving skills
  • Excellent analytical and critical evaluation skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Experience working in the outdoors; first aid and chainsaw safety certifications and Leave No Trace training are desirable
  • Experience or training in personal computer and mobile device operations, including Microsoft Office suite, and ESRI ArcMap GIS software
  • Familiarity with the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, hikers, conservation volunteerism and related fields is desirable.
Physical Demands:
  •  Extensive travel and evening and weekend work will be required
  • ATC vehicle is provided to the Maine team, and use of personal vehicle for work-related travel with reimbursable mileage is expected
  • Ability to effectively communicate with individuals by phone, email, and in person
  • Ability to lift or move light to moderate weight
  • Ability to hike long distances over rugged terrain in all seasons and weather conditions to provide physical inspection of remote Trail locations
Work Environment:
  • Moderate noise level due to open office environment with a high level of activity on the phone, computers, and printers
  • Fully rigorous outdoor work environment along the Appalachian Trail in Maine
  • Position is based Maine; specific location is flexible.
To Apply:

Please be sure to submit a cover letter, resume and three references. Positions will remain open until filled, however preference will be given to applications received by March 8th.

ATC Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

ATC encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness with all employees and volunteers to enable participation and contributions to their fullest potential. We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive organization, and recognize that diversity contributes to an effective and successful organizational culture and mission. The ATC prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and/or expression), national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, political affiliation, union membership, or any other status protected by the laws and regulations in the locations where we operate.

Position Type : Careers - Full Time