Contract Term

Contract through 12/31/2021

Organizational Mission

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

Position Summary

The Landscape Program Assistant fulfills a crucial support position within the landscape conservation program at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) by assisting all functions of the Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership (ATLP) and the Northern Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership (NATLP). The ATLP is a coalition of more than 100 public agencies and private nonprofits dedicated to greater Appalachian Trail (A.T.) protection through strategic land conservation. Now in its sixth year, the ATLP is on the cusp of enacting a new strategic plan. The NATLP is a New England-based coalition made up of representatives from the Regional Conservation Partnership Network within a sub-region of the A.T. landscape as it passes from the Hudson River in New York to Katahdin in Maine. The Landscape Program Assistant will contribute to advancing the work of the both the ATLP and the NATLP during a critical time of growth.

The Landscape Program Assistant Contractor will work closely with ATC’s Director of Landscape Conservation and the coordinators of the NATLP to provide operational support for all ATLP and NATLP programmatic functions and initiatives. This contract offers an exciting opportunity for innovation, creativity, networking, and skill-building within the expanding field of collaborative landscape conservation.

The ATC has played a key role in ensuring protection of the 280,000-acre protected greenway surrounding the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail. ATC complements the federally-owned corridor by advocating for the protection of adjacent high-priority lands and preserving the natural, cultural, and community values that define the Trail experience and contribute to climate change mitigation across this great eastern landscape. The ATLP—co-convened by the ATC and the National Park Service — and the NATLP – coordinated by representatives from ATC, the Highstead Foundation, and the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust — further accelerate the pace and scale of land conservation across the A.T. landscape.

 

Contract Activities

  • Meeting Support: Plan logistics, coordinate communications, and assist in execution of ATLP Annual Meeting, ATLP Steering Committee Quarterly Meetings, ATLP Working Groups, and NATLP meetings.
  • Administrative Grant Support: Preparation of project packages for federally-appropriated funding. Contribute to the promotion and implementation of the Wild East Action Fund Grants program. Coordinate with the ATC’s finance department on landscape accounting functions.
  • Project: Develop and maintain separate data management systems for tracking and promoting land transactions and activities of the ATLP and the NATLP including completed projects and ongoing projects as appropriate.
  • Project: Production of promotional, educational and informational materials needed for internal and external communications for ATLP and NATLP.
  • Project: Contribute to the development and management of separate membership tracking systems for ATLP and NATLP.

 

Qualifications

  • Experience and comfort in facilitating meetings online and in-person and maintaining working relationships through email and use of online platforms.
  • A high level of demonstrated professionalism in verbal, written and electronic communications.
  • 1-2 years of experience preferred, conservation experience a plus.
  • Self-starter; comfortable working independently, taking on and managing multiple tasks while cultivating cooperation and effective communications.
  • Capable of working collaboratively with staff and partners in an energetic, optimistic, and team-oriented working environment.
  • Ability to organize, track, and follow through to successful completion while reporting the details of several programs at once.
  • Highly organized and detail oriented.
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental or natural-resource sciences or related field with a background in communications preferred; or an equivalent combination of experience required.
  • Familiarity and experience with Windows, Microsoft Office 365, video conferencing software, social media platforms, PowerPoint, spreadsheets and data management software.

Other Valued Skills and Experience

  •  Familiarity and experience with GIS and mapping platforms and website content management systems.
  • Knowledge and experience with the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, land conservation and land conservation organizations and agencies in related fields is desirable.

 Physical Demands and Work Environment

  • Frequently communicates and manages work tasks by phone, social media, email, and in person.
  • Working on the computer or telephone for prolonged periods.

To Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject “Landscape Program Assistant.”