Department: Conservation
Supervisor: Julie Judkins, Director of Education and Outreach; Katie Mann, Office Administrator and Outreach Coordinator
Type: Volunteer
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), in cooperation with regional, New England Appalachian Trail (A.T.) maintaining clubs and Appalachian Trail Communities™, is seeking a New England Community Ambassador.  This position will support New England A.T. Communities primarily with communication amongst the 12 A.T. Communities in the region and as available, support outreach, education, local projects, events and initiatives for individual communities.  This position works directly with the A.T. Community Advisory Committees in each of the communities, as well as the appropriate A.T. maintaining club to identify committee and club needs and support communication between the two entities as well as to the broader regional network of communities.  The Ambassador will host quarterly calls, provide A.T. information to communities, work on highlighting the A.T. in local media and through social media, reach out to potential A.T. Community Supporters, communicate New England successes to the broader network of 45+ A.T. Communities across the east coast, and may recruit local citizens to work on local maintenance, management and conservation projects on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.  This is a one year term volunteer position that provides a stipend of $2000.00 to support travel and expenses related to position needs.
Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

 What is involved? The Appalachian Trail Community Ambassador Position will:

  • Be committed to serving as a liaison in 12 designated A.T. Communities
  • Host quarterly calls with communities
  • Provide updates about A.T. Community happenings to ATC and Trail maintaining clubs on community engagement, events, and planning.One comprehensive report due at end of year.
  • Be available to check in remotely via Skype or phone call with other Ambassadors and ATC staff quarterly
  • Send in pictures and posts for social media to share all the successes happening in A.T. Communities!

The benefits of being an Appalachian Trail Community Ambassador include:

  • Opportunity to learn about and play a key role in Appalachian Trail cooperative management partnerships
  • Participation in the A.T. Community Summit and Regional Partnership Committee meeting March 17th in Hanover, NH
  • Participation in the Volunteer Leadership Meeting Aug 10-12 at the National Conservation Training Center in WV
  • Training in A.T. history, management, ATC programs, and hike leadership
  • Support from ATC staff

Position purpose:

Ambassadors are responsible for increasing their knowledge about the Appalachian Trail, Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the cooperative management system that is in place to help maintain and protect the A.T.
Ambassadors will:

  • Become familiar with Trail Maintaining Club organizational structure, activities, events and volunteer opportunities;
  • Support recruitment for ATC volunteer opportunities including Trail Crews, rare plant monitoring, boundary monitoring, invasive species plant monitoring and control workshops, phenology monitoring, local A.T. Ambassadors, other trail maintenance projects as regionally prioritized;
  • Attend annual A.T. Community celebrations on behalf of ATC as available
  • Provide information on the A.T., ATC and Trail Club at conferences, events and workshops;
  • Promote Family Hiking Day, the 50th anniversary of the National Trail System, and other ATC related events in 2018
  • Communicate community efforts by collecting and reporting projects, participants, volunteer hours and events.

The goal of developing and training New England Appalachian Trail Community™ Ambassador is to motivate participation and engagement to help bolster volunteer stewardship of the 2,186-mile Trail in New England, and to include preserving Trail lands and adjacent priority conservation landscapes critical to the Appalachian Trail recreational experience

A.T. Community Program overview:

Trail visionary and forester Benton MacKaye, who coined the now familiar term “regional planning” in his proposal for the Trail, never conceived of the Trail as simple, remote track in the wilderness. Rather, he advocated a linear community that would both conserve and use the natural resources of the eastern mountains in revitalizing the American people and the lands on which they depend.  Today, the Appalachian Trail is the most significant conservation corridor in the eastern United States.  Having successfully developed the Trail and its 6,000-member volunteer base, ATC is now focused on carrying out the second half of MacKaye’s vision, protecting signature landscapes and the unique cultural flavor of communities along its 14-state route from Georgia to Maine.

The Appalachian Trail Community™ program is designed to recognize communities that promote and protect the A.T.  Towns, counties, and communities along the A.T.’s corridor are considered assets by A.T. hikers and many of these towns act as good friends and neighbors to the Trail. The program serves to assist communities with local initiatives such as sustainable economic development through tourism and outdoor recreation, while preserving and protecting the A.T.

To Apply:
Please send a letter of interest and resume of qualifications to:  Katie Mann: [email protected] with the subject A.T. Community Ambassador

ATC Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
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, 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.