Location: Farmington, ME
Supervisors: Natural Resource and Land Stewardship Manager
Type: Seasonal, Non-exempt
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to protect, manage, and advocate for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
The Land Stewardship Team upholds a high standard for the protection of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Corridor, a long strip of conserved public land that forms the longest continuous natural corridor east of the Mississippi River.
Land Stewardship Technicians monitor the A.T. Corridor, maintain its surveyed boundaries, and work to mitigate any encroachments they find. Backcountry fieldwork is the primary function of these positions. Technicians plan project logistics, perform backcountry fieldwork, record detailed field data, produce thorough reports, communicate regularly with the Land Stewardship Field Coordinator, and maintain vehicles and equipment.
Four Technicians will be hired for a 22-week season, from June through October. Fieldwork will occur along the Appalachian Trail primarily in Maine, and possibly in other New England states depending on COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Employees are required to fulfill Maine’s travel requirements and ATC’s standard operating procedures intended to minimize the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Work in a close partnership team with the other Land Stewardship Technicians and the Land Stewardship Field Coordinator, often performing fieldwork in groups of 2-3
- Exhibit and encourage a positive mental attitude
- Perform fieldwork monitoring and maintaining the A.T. corridor boundary lines: posting signs, painting trees, finding survey monuments, and clearing vegetation with hand tools
- Enter detailed monitoring data and maintain organized field work files
- Follow protocols documenting and mitigating encroachments on the A.T. corridor
- Travel to and from work sites, camping at or near work sites as appropriate
- Organize, inventory, and maintain tools, supplies, equipment, and program vehicles
- Occasionally lead work trips with volunteer participants
- Other duties as assigned
Qualifications and Skills
- Strong communication, organizational, and critical thinking skills
- Self-motivated person who works well independently and in a team environment
- Passion for environmental conservation and volunteerism
- Bachelor’s degree, coursework towards a degree, or equivalent work experience in environmental science, recreation management, natural resources management, forestry, or a related field
- Strong backcountry travel skills, including primitive camping
- Proficiency with map and compass reading and use, and off-trail navigation
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Global Positioning System (GPS), and ESRI ArcGIS software
- Ability to identify tree species common to northern New England
- Familiarity with Leave No Trace (LNT) outdoor ethics – LNT Trainer or Master Educator desired
- Current Wilderness First Aid certification desired, Wilderness First Responder certification preferred
- Valid driver’s license with no restrictions
- Ability to hike long distances and work in rugged terrain, variable weather, and remote off-trail locations
- Ability to live and perform strenuous work in the backcountry for multiple days and overnights
- Ability to lift and carry 50+ pounds
- Regular, extensive travel to trail access points in Maine and across New England
- Long days in the field and some weekend work may be required
- Based at ATC’s office in Farmington, ME; office environment may have a moderate level of noise due to phone, computer, and printer activity
- Rigorous outdoor work and overnight camping along the Appalachian Trail with exposure to ticks and pests, as well as extreme and varied weather conditions
- Meal expenses incurred while traveling or working in the field may be reimbursed
- Any camping fees incurred may be reimbursed
- Use of ATC-provided vehicle; use of personal vehicle may be reimbursed at the federal mileage rate
- Health insurance available
Please follow the link to ADP below. All files attached should be “[your last name]_[your first name]_[file name]”.
Preference will be given to applications received by March 1. Questions about the position should be emailed to Dan Hale, Natural Resource and Land Stewardship Manager, [email protected].
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.