The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.
The Conservation Department of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) ensures the permanent protection and stewardship of Appalachian Trail Lands (ATC lands) and Appalachian National Scenic Trail lands (National Park Service lands) and their associated resources through effective implementation of a cooperative management system involving ATC, Trail-maintaining clubs, and public-agency partners.
The incumbent will assist in all aspects of the Monson A.T. Visitor Center through the summer months.
The Visitor Center’s core mission is to address the increased popularity of the Appalachian Trail in northern Maine and Baxter State Park, concerns with hiker behavior, and to support the growing ecotourism industry in the Moosehead Lake region. Incumbent will assist staff for the Visitor Center on various projects as well as take on an internship project of their own. Internship projects could include curriculum development, outreach material development or event series planning. In the Visitor Center, the incumbent will be the primary point of contact for all visitors to the Visitor Center including thru-hikers, section hikers, short term backpackers, day hikers camp groups and casual visitors. They will provide education on Leave No Trace, management regulations and visitor expectations in Baxter State Park, day hiking opportunities in the area and trail and river conditions. They may also provide on-trail interpretation and education.
Incumbents will be expected to work together with the Visitor Center Manager, Ridgerunner and Visitor Center Representative and Maine Program Manager as a team, and also cooperatively with Appalachian Trail Conservancy staff, Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC) volunteers and staff, Monson A.T. Community volunteers, Monson town staff and Baxter State Park staff. They also may be expected to work weekend days and some holidays.
Incumbents will have the opportunity for learning multiple aspects of on-the-ground visitor use management and education. Educational and networking opportunities will also be available to the incumbent.
Incumbents must be available June through mid-August.