Organizational Mission:

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.

Primary Purpose

Highly qualified seasonal crew staff are recruited each year to complete routine Trail maintenance, major rehabilitation/repair, and Trail relocation projects. Applicants must demonstrate responsibility, initiative, and self-motivation. They must be able to work both independently with minimal supervision and cooperatively as a member of a team. Crew staff applicants should demonstrate the interest and ability to contribute to the public-service effort of working on a National Scenic Trail.


All positions are seasonal. Wages vary according to positions and individual qualifications. The pay is competitive and includes room and board. This four-person crew will be provided various lodging options throughout the season which will include both tenting and various indoor facilities. Food will be provided by ATC and purchased by the crew. ATC will provide a crew vehicle for travel to and from projects, with gas provided. Extensive travel may be required for some projects. Cold, wet weather and a remote environment are possible.


In 2021 the crew will complete projects all along the Appalachian Trail from Georgia through West Virginia, including Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Project work over the season will include routine maintenance, heavy tread repair & rehabilitation, and trail relocations. All projects will be completed in coordination with the local A.T. Maintaining Club and land manager (USFS, Great Smoky Mountains Nat’l Park, A.T. NPS Office, etc.)


We are seeking one trail crew member to join a team of two crew members and a crew leader. This position would start as soon as possible (March 2021) and is anticipated to go through November 2021.


Position description for Trail Crew Member:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Implement Trail construction, reconstruction, and maintenance projects in cooperation with A.T clubs and partner agencies.
  • Ensure safe and sanitary conditions at the camps and work sites, transport crews safely, and respond appropriately to any emergency situations that may arise.
  • Promote an atmosphere in which all crew members feel welcomed, motivated, safe, and included, and where participation and contributions from all are valued and appreciated.
  • Follow the direction of designated supervisors with respect to duties, logistics, timetables, projects, submit timely biweekly timesheets, and perform other duties as assigned.
  • Ensure purchase of food, supplies, gear, and materials follow ATC’s financial controls and expenses stay within the weekly crew budget.
  • Travel on foot over rough terrain and for long distances while carrying equipment in possible inclement weather.
  • Follow and practice ATC COVID mitigation measures.


  • High-school diploma
  • Excellent driving record (driving background check required to operate ATC vehicles)
  • Previous experience in trail construction and rehabilitation
  • Ability to work without direct supervision while encouraging cooperation among a crew in a primitive setting
  • Commitment to the AT and resource protection efforts
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, experience and proficiency in working with diverse groups of people, and a strong desire to motivate and empower crew members
  • Training in natural-resources management or related field desired
  • Current first-aid and CPR certification (Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder)
  • Previous A.T. volunteer experience
  • Knowledge of the Appalachian Trail and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
  • Leave No Trace trainer is a plu
  • Sawyer Certification – chainsaw and/or crosscut sawyer – is a plus

To Apply: 

Click here to apply through ADP:

 All files attached should be “[your last name]_[your first name]_[file name]”.

Please submit an application packet that consists of a resume, list of three references, and a cover letter. Cover letters should detail:

  • Why you are interested in ATC Trail Crew staff position(s)
  • How you found out about this position
  • Previous trailwork experience
  • Any relevant and current certifications (chainsaw/crosscut, first aid/WFA/WFR, LNT, etc)


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.