Organization Mission:

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

Position Summary:

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) is a Congressionally designated footpath and surrounding narrow corridor, protected by the National Trails System Act of 1968. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) works closely with 31 Maintaining Clubs, two federal agencies, and 14 state governments. An estimated three million people per year step foot on some part of the A.T. and the Trail itself is within a day’s drive of half of the United States’ population. Persistent pressures from human development, climate change, and visitor use require constant engagement within the federal policy arena. Today public access and trail continuity are secure, but many of the pristine viewsheds, watersheds, and areas of natural and cultural significance comprising the A.T. Landscape remain unprotected and vulnerable to external threats.

ATC seeks an energetic, adaptable, patient, and self-motivated individual to join its team to assist in the management of important records relating to the management of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (ANST), particularly legal relationships between the non-profit management partners of the ANST and the federal and state governments as well as the “local management plans” (LMPs) describing ideal trail conditions based on the Maintaining Club sections.

This hybrid-in person/remote term appointment is for ten to fifteen weeks beginning in September 2022. If school credit is pursued for this internship, travel reimbursement is available. If school credit is not pursued, a stipend is available (travel reimbursement is included in the stipend). Applications are due to [email protected] by July 18, 2022, and must include a resume, cover letter, and writing sample.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Archival Intern will support the efforts of the Director of Federal Policy, the Volunteer Program Director, and the Publisher in centralizing, digitizing, and making available LMPs, legal agreements, and other not-yet-digitized management documents.

The intern will be operating mostly independently, spending most of their time in Harpers Ferry, WV, home to ATC and the ANST Park Office and ATC’s archives located in Fairfax, VA, if circumstances allow. Over the course of the clerkship, the intern will be exposed to a variety of topics relating to the Cooperative Management System (CMS) of the ANST, as well as issues relating to public lands management more generally. A background in archival management and library sciences is essential for this position.

The Archival Intern will be responsible for producing a centralized electronic resource of all existing LMPs and valid CMS legal agreements by the conclusion of the internship.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Identifying all LMPs and legal agreements in ATC’s possession;
  • Working with the local Maintaining Clubs responsible for sections of the ANST for which ATC does not currently possess the relevant LMP (Local Management Plan);
  • Identifying all state and federal legal agreements currently in force in ATC’s possession as well as those agreements which ATC must obtain a copy of;
  • Working as possible with the staff of George Mason University to identify, sort, and digitize those of ATC’s management archives within the University’s possession;
  • Being available, as needed, and within reason, for other archival-related tasks.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Skills and Experience:

  • Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail.
  • Experience and/or education in archival management, preferably relating to digitization;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with academic, non-profit, and government partners;
  • Professional level written and verbal communication skills.
  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently.
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion, be adaptable to various competing demands, and demonstrate a high level of customer/client service and response.
  • Patience with an appreciation for public service and the cooperative management system.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Enrolled in an accredited library sciences/archival studies educational program or a recent graduate of such a program.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Highly organized self-starter who can track, manage, and report on multiple programs and frequently changing priorities with patience, perseverance, minimal supervision, and successful completion.

Physical demands

  • Working on the computer for prolonged periods;
  • Facility in both paper and electronic archives;
  • Experience in the digitization of records;
  • Ability to communicate with individuals by phone, e-mail, and in person;
  • Sitting for prolonged periods;
  • Ability to split time between remote work location of choice, on-site in Fairfax, VA, Harpers Ferry, WV, and potential for site visits to the Trail and its Landscape.

Location: Work from home and/or shared/open office environment.

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.