Seasonal Employment Information and Application

Application Deadline: January 31, 2021

The mission of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is to protect, manage, and advocate for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. ATC was founded in 1925 and is a private nonprofit organization with more than 30,000 members. It is responsible to the federal government for ensuring proper management of the 2,193-mile-long Appalachian National Scenic Trail (known as the A.T.), most of which is located on public lands administered by the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, or agencies of the 14 states through which it passes. ATC assigns sections of the A.T. to 31 Trail-maintaining clubs and provides numerous services to club volunteers. More information about ATC can be found at



Highly qualified seasonal A.T. Ridgerunners and Caretakers are recruited each year. They may be hired and managed by ATC or by its affiliated clubs or agencies.

Complete applications submitted to ATC will be distributed to the program managers of the position(s) applied for. Those managers will contact any applicants they want to interview.

The hiring process is completed as soon after the deadline as possible, however applicants should be aware that hiring for some positions may not be completed until March or April, especially for positions that start later in the year.

All positions are seasonal and vary in length. Wages vary according to positions and individual qualifications. The pay is competitive, and some positions include housing.


ATC Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (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.


Submit a completed application form, a detailed cover letter (or detailed e-mail message) describing the qualities and skills that make you a good candidate and a resume. The application form begins on page 5 of this packet.

Applications must be complete for consideration.
Incomplete applications may be returned!

Applications should be e-mailed (preferred) to [email protected] or mailed to:
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
4 E. First Street
Boiling Springs, PA 17007

Questions about Ridgerunner/Caretaker positions?
E-mail [email protected] or call (717) 258-5771, ext. 203.