Organizational Mission:

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

Primary Purpose

Highly qualified seasonal crew staff are recruited each year to support the completion of routine Trail maintenance, major rehabilitation/repair, and Trail relocation projects. The part-time Camp Cook is essential in providing staff and volunteers with a positive and rewarding experience in the form of hearty and satisfying communal meals while at the crew camp facility.

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.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan menus and prepare communal meals for Trail crew staff and volunteers at the crew base camp.
  • Purchase food cost-effectively, using advance planning, bulk-purchasing, vendor discounts, and other means using an ATC credit card.
  • Track and organize receipts from purchases, record and complete expense reporting associated with the use of organization credit card.
  • Ensure safe, clean, and environmentally sound conditions at the trail crew base camp kitchen.
  • Promote a positive atmosphere amongst crew staff, volunteers, and partners
  • Follow the direction of designated supervisors with respect to duties, logistics, and timetables.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • A high-school diploma.
  • Driver’s license with an excellent driving record.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and administrative skills.
  • Proven ability to interact positively with the public and fellow staff.
  • Food preparation and menu-planning experience.
  • Experience working with individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels.
  • Hospitality or visitor services experience.
  • Competent in working without direct supervision.
  • Current CPR and first-aid or Wilderness First Aid, or greater, certification, is desired.


  • $17-$20 per hour
  • Food during the work week is provided; some positions and locations may offer room and board outside of work weeks

Positions Available & Dates:

  • Virginia: April 1 – August 15; part-time, no more than 24 hours per week.


To Apply:

Please click the button below to apply through our ADP application portal.

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Applicants are strongly encouraged to upload an updated resume and answers to the specific application questions. We may request you to provide up to three references throughout the recruitment process. 

Applications will be accepted until positions are filled, with preference given to those received before January 27, 2023.


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.