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 help plan project logistics, perform backcountry fieldwork, record detailed field data, communicate regularly with the Land Stewardship Field Coordinator, and maintain vehicles and equipment.
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
- Maintain tools, supplies, equipment, and program vehicles
- Occasionally lead work trips with volunteer participants
- Other duties as assigned
Required 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
- Strong backcountry travel skills, including primitive camping
- Familiarity with the principles of Leave No Trace outdoor ethics
- Current Wilderness First Aid certification
- Valid driver’s license with no restrictions
Desired Qualifications and Skills
- Bachelor’s degree, coursework towards a degree, or equivalent work experience in environmental science, recreation management, natural resources management, forestry, or a related field
- Proficiency using a map and compass and navigating off-trail
- Strong computer skills, including GPS and GIS mapping applications
- Ability to identify tree species common to northern New England
- Current Wilderness First Responder or other advanced first aid certification
- 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
- Rigorous outdoor work and overnight camping along the Appalachian Trail with exposure to ticks and pests, as well as extreme and varied weather conditions
- Office environment with a moderate level of noise due to activity on the phone, computer, and printer
- Position is largely field based with access to office space in Maine
- Field locations primarily in Maine with occasional work weeks in other New England states
Term and Compensation
- Early June through Late October, not to exceed 22 weeks of employment
- $16 per hour commensurate with experience, typically 40-hour workweek
- Per diem for meal expenses incurred while traveling or working in the field
- Camping or lodging fees covered or reimbursed
- Use of ATC-provided vehicle
- Housing assistance available
- COVID-19 vaccination will be required for this position as a condition of employment. Medical and religious exemptions may apply.
Please submit an application packet that consists of a resume, list of three references, and a cover letter. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please apply as soon as possible.
If you have questions about the position, please send an email 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.