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.)

The following are the positions that will be filled in 2021:

  • One Trail Crew Leader
  • Three Trail Crew Members

Position descriptions for Trail Crew Leader and Trail Crew Member:


The ATC Trail Crew Leader will implement construction and maintenance projects of related facilities on the Appalachian Trail which includes relocations/new construction, heavy trail rehabilitation, and routine maintenance. The Crew Leader is responsible for overall field management of the four-person crew, including skills training, group morale/well-being, backcountry living, transportation, ensuring high quality work, meeting project goals, and risk management. ATC Crew Leaders work without continual direct supervision and must rely on their own abilities to manage projects.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Implement Trail construction, reconstruction, and maintenance projects in cooperation with A.T clubs and partner agencies.
  • Ensure trail crew members are trained in and implement best practices in Trail design, construction, reconstruction, and maintenance according to ATC standards.
  • 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).
  • At least three seasons of 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.
  • Leave No Trace trainer
  • Sawyer Certification – chainsaw and/or crosscut sawyer
  • 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


Trail Crew Members are responsible for assisting the Crew Leader with the duties and responsibilities listed above. They may have less experience, but generally should have the same skills as those required for the Crew Leader.

To Apply: 

Please follow the link to ADP below. 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)

Questions can be e-mailed to:

Josh Kloehn, ATC VARO Resource Manager, [email protected]

Deadline to apply is February 8, 2021


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.