Organization Mission

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to protect, manage, and advocate for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.


Lead the volunteer skills development on the world’s most iconic footpath, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. This position helps advance training opportunities on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) by working with A.T. clubs, new volunteers and A.T. staff to provide access to solid skills development.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work alongside A.T. club volunteers on routine work days to enhance safe operations, reduce over-construction, enhance sustainability, and drive forward “the best” in current trail maintenance standards.
  • Deliver discrete workshops that serve as a training for existing volunteers and a recruitment tool for new volunteers via affinity groups, A.T. fans, A.T. Community members, or the general public with interest in volunteering.
  • Represent ATC in the field by welcoming, offering good information and leading by example.
  • Provide feedback to regional managers of observed areas of improvement in field work operations or identified deficiencies that could be the focus for future training workshops.
  • Enhance or refine written training resources that accompany training for participants and trainers.


  • Minimum of three years of relevant professional experience or five years of substantial volunteer experience specific to trail design, construction, and maintenance
  • Minimum of two years of experience in leading trail crews
  • Experience in training others in essential trail maintenance and/or more advanced trail skills
  • Backcountry living and Leave No Trace skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • The ability and willingness to travel on the A.T. in remote, backcountry locations, often requiring several days of backcountry travel and living.
  • Proven experience working with volunteers, agency, and partner groups
  • The ability to perform physically demanding trail work
  • Excellent written, electronic and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player
  • Good interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Demonstrates initiative and ability to problem solve
  • Minimum basic: OSHA compliant first aid and CPR certifications, wilderness first aid preferred
  • USFS saw certification, chain and/or crosscut saw certification desirable

Physical Demands

  • Backcountry living in remote locations for multiple days
  • Backcountry travel over rugged terrain in changing weather conditions required in remote locations
  • Frequently performs physically demanding trail work

Term and Compensation

  • Full-time seasonal position
  • Target start date March 23, 2022
  • Term not to exceed 27 weeks
  • $25 per hour
  • Living stipend to offset overnight costs and travel
  • Health insurance options available
  • COVID-19 vaccination will be required for this position as a condition of employment. Medical and religious exemptions may apply.

To Apply

Please submit an application with a resume, list of three references, and a cover letter. We also encourage you to upload documentation for any relevant certifications.

Priority will be given to applications received before January 17, 2022, but position will remain open until filled.

Click here to apply through our ADP portal.


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, sexual orientation, 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.

 Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Identity Statement