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. Crew Coordinators are critical to the effective operation of quality crew programs. They serve as hosts to the volunteers and are responsible for all the activities necessary to ensure the smooth operation of ATC’s crew camps and work centers, including welcoming and orienting crew volunteers, purchasing crew food and supplies, assisting with crew vehicle maintenance, supporting fieldwork, etc.

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 for Trail crew meals in the field & at the base camp, supervise & conduct meal preparation while the crews are at base camp.
  • Purchase food and supplies for Trail crews cost effectively, using advance-planning, bulk-purchasing, vendor discounts, and other means.
  • Provide basic facility upkeep such as logging minor repairs, coordinating with volunteers, cleaning, running dehumidifiers, submitting work orders, etc.
  • Support Crew Leaders by assisting in arrangements for repairs and adjustments to vehicles and tools and providing other assistance as requested.
  • Assist with program duties, record-keeping, and financial management, including managing the crew finances and staying within budget.
  • Ensure safe, clean, and environmentally sound conditions at the trail crew base camp.
  • Promote a positive atmosphere amongst crew staff, volunteers, and partners
  • Greet and orient newly arriving crew members to crew life at the base camp and assign lodging space.
  • Coordinate flight/bus transportation of volunteers to and from the base camp.
  • Follow the direction of designated supervisors with respect to duties, logistics, timetables, projects, submit biweekly timesheets, project reports, and perform other administrative duties as assigned.
  • Support fieldwork when needed, particularly with Smokies/Tennessee crew:
    • Smokies/Tennessee crew coordinator should expect to occasionally hike long distances in mountainous terrain to provide pack support for crew. Overnights will be required.


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


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

Positions Available & Dates:

  • Smokies/Tennessee: 1 Crew Coordinator; 1 Crew Coordinator; May 16 to October 27, 2023
  • Virginia-Pennsylvania: 1 Crew Coordinator; March 19 – November 8, 2023

To Apply: 

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

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Applicants are strongly encouraged to upload relevant certifications, such as first aid, CPR, and/or Sawyer Certifications, as part of your application, in addition to 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 accepted until positions are filled, preference 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.