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Position Title: Regional Manager, MA, CT, southern VT
Location: Flexible: along the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut, Massachusetts or southern Vermont
Supervisor: Senior Regional Director-North
Join us in our mission to protect, manage, and advocate for the Appalachian Trail!
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to protect, manage, and advocate for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is seeking a dynamic and creative conservationist to serve as the Regional Manager (RM) along the Appalachian Trail in southern New England. The RM focuses on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and southern Vermont, along one of the more diverse sections of the A.T. The RM works in a dynamic suite of partnerships that share a passion and dedication to uphold a high standard for managing and protecting the Appalachian Trail.
The Regional Manager (RM) for Massachusetts, Connecticut, and southern Vermont portion of the Appalachian Trail, reporting to the Senior Regional Director, serves as the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s primary representative in this area. The RM functions as a partnership liaison that implements and manages, coordinates or supports identified programs and projects within these states. The Regional Manager, working within the framework of the federally-legislated Cooperative Management System, strengthens and enhances the mission of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and supports the volunteer stewardship heritage of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (ANST). This position may be responsible for daily supervision of assigned staff resources (interns, volunteers, seasonal employees as designated).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Serves as the primary organizational liaison to the Appalachian Trail maintaining clubs in MA, CT, and southern VT. The position:
- Briefs local management partners regarding ATC strategic direction, policies, programs and projects.
- Provides assistance and technical expertise, where appropriate.
- Participates in club and agency meetings and work trips as necessary
- Develops working relationships and alliances with identified organizations that strengthen the capacity of the federally-legislated Appalachian National Scenic Trail Cooperative Management System
- Ensures club Memorandum of Understandings (MOU),, volunteer agreements, and local management plans are up to date.
- Supports renewal process for state MOUs as necessary.
Implements, manages, coordinates, supports, and prioritizes identified regional projects, including but not limited to:
- Federally-funded trail repair and reconstruction efforts and contract administration
- Project planning and environmental review process including National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and state environmental assessment compliance planning for identified projects.
- Assess and develop appropriate responses to external threats to corridor lands and the A.T. footpath, in conjunction with ATC Natural Resource and Lands Stewardship Manager (NRLSM) and other A.T. protection partners. Under the supervision of the Senior Regional Director, and with the support of other director level senior staff, draft comments, testifies at public hearings or negotiates directly with developers to minimize impact of threats.
- Restoration projects including demolitions, site restorations, and removal of abandoned property as necessary for the protection and management of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
- Identifying, in conjunction with ATC land protection staff, land conservation opportunities that benefit the ANST in partnership with private, local, state, and federal partners
- Full engagement with the local management planning process, including capital planning and GPS trail assessments
- Provide support to ANST corridor lands monitoring and boundary stewardship efforts in consultation with ATC NRLSM staff and provide encroachment response support.
- ATC Land Trust property monitoring and violation resolution, in consultation with ATC land protection program staff.
- Support rare plant monitoring, and Non-Native Invasive Species (NNIS) monitoring and management efforts, in consultation with ATC natural resource and land stewardship staff.
- Oversee management of Open Areas, working with resource management staff as needed
- Reviews, comments on, and performs field reviews and assessments of USFS and state agency forest management plans relevant to Appalachian Trail management areas and directives
Working collaboratively with ATC teams, implements, manages, coordinates or supports, identified regional programs. Programs may include, but are not limited to:
- Hazard tree trainings, assessments, planning, coordinating, removal, and program development
- Contract trail crews
- Volunteer skill development trainings
- Club/agency-sponsored seasonal programs
- Volunteer skill development trainings in areas including Leave No Trace education, trail construction, trail maintenance, overnight site management, safety and risk management, natural and cultural resource management, sawyer safety training
- Serve as ATC’s representative to the Appalachian Trail Community and school related classroom programs in collaboration with ATC outreach staff.
- Support teams to develop and implement interpretation strategies.
- Refers media inquiries to the Senior Regional Director or ATC’s Director of Communications
- Assist with regional fund-raising initiatives
- Implements ATC’s response to emergencies and ANST-related incidents
- Assists with coordination of ATC and club participation, in accordance with direction provided from law-enforcement agencies (where applicable).
- Coordinates with the Senior Regional Director regarding the submission of promotional public relations and communications materials.
- Provides visitor information services to the general public.
- Attends public events to promote ATC membership and recruit A.T. volunteers in cooperation with local A.T. clubs.
- Participate in program planning, development, and budget management
- Attend regional and national staff and partnership meetings and retreats
- Complete accurate and timely expense reports, timesheets, and purchasing procedures
- Other duties as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, recreation management, natural resource management or related field, with 3-5 years of experience required
- Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and relationships concurrently with excellent organizational and communication skills, in an environment with minimal direct daily supervision
- Ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of entities including state and federal agency partners, volunteers, local government officials, alliance organizations, and community leaders
- Ability and commitment to be fully engaged in a dispersed yet cohesive staff team structure
- Excellent analytical and critical evaluation skills
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 suite, ArcMap, GPS, Apple ipad, map and compass
- Proficient and safe use of chainsaws for bucking/limbing and directional felling operations
- Knowledge and application of rigging and knots
- Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR, WFR preferred
- Familiarity with the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, hikers, conservation volunteerism and related fields is desirable.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
- Considerable travel and evening/weekend work will be required.
- Use of personal vehicle for work-related travel with reimbursable mileage is expected.
- Ability to communicate with individuals by phone, email, video conference and in person
- Ability to lift or move light to moderate weight.
- Ability to hike long distances over rugged terrain in all seasons and weather conditions to provide physical inspection of remote Trail locations.
- Moderate noise level due to open office environment with a high level of activity on the phone, computers, and printers
- Fully rigorous outdoor work environment along the Appalachian Trail
- Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all NERO staff are currently working from home. This will be a requirement until it is safe to return to a shared office environment. While working from home: required technology will be provided by ATC. Access to reliable high-speed internet is a necessity
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 February 1.
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.