Organizational Mission

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

Position Summary

The Field Coordinator serves as the support staff for field-based trail and conservation stewardship efforts on the Appalachian Trail. The Field Coordinator works primarily in the field with ATC staff and trail club volunteers combined with some administrative duties. Serves as a field representative in the state, coordinates closely with the local A.T. volunteer management club and other Trail partners to ensure ATC and NPS standards are achieved, and provides logistical support and technical expertise, as necessary.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support volunteers and trail crews in planning trail work projects including trail construction, repair and rehabilitation, and relocations.
  • Review federally funded work projects performed by local partners.
  • Provide guidance and ensure maintenance standards are achieved.
  • Collect and maintain before & after records of each project site.
  • Assist in hazard tree removal efforts.
  • A.T exterior corridor boundary monitoring, maintenance, encroachment mitigation, and volunteer coordination.
  • Trail asset inventory and GPS data collection for future trail projects.
  • Support core ATC and NPS programs.
  • Assist ATC regional staff in program and project planning, development, and reporting.
  • Attend local and regional partner meetings as needed.
  • Generate accurate and on-time projects, timesheets, and expense reports.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Regional Manager.


  • Academic experience or course work in environmental studies, recreation management, natural resources management, forestry, or related field preferred.
  • Experience on and/or leading trail crews including experience with rock work and advanced trail. re-construction techniques.
  • Trail work experience in the Northeast preferred.
  • Ability to hike up to ten miles per day in steep, mountainous terrain.
  • Commitment to ATC management and resource protection efforts.
  • Proven ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with individuals, groups, and partners
  • Ability to live independently and work in a remote area with minimal supervision.
  • Strong hiking and outdoor experience.
  • Experience in collaborating with volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels.
  • Ability to hike up to ten miles per day in steep, mountainous terrain.
  • Basic knowledge of Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s cooperative management system preferred.
  • Comfortable working multiple days outdoors in frequently adverse weather conditions.
  • Leave No Trace Trainer or Master Educator desirable, awareness training is provided.
  • Current Wilderness First-Aid, or higher, and CPR certification is preferred training is provided.
  • Willingness to participate in additional required training which includes but not limited to: USFS chainsaw & crosscut saw certification, WFR/WFA, advanced rockwork, rigging, safe driving.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

  • May be exposed to hazardous physical conditions and seasonal exposure to extreme weather conditions, including rain, snow, humidity, intense heat, and sunlight.
  • Must be able to hike for extended periods and perform routine moderate lifting carrying up to 50 pounds in a backpack over a minimum of five miles through rough, uneven terrain, and wet, and slippery surfaces.
  • Long days in the field and weekend work, typically 40 hours per week.
  • Possible exposure to ticks and pests, extreme weather, and hazards typical of a backcountry environment.
  • Regular use of a computer is required; Microsoft Office, Office 365, ESRI GIS, NPS database, APD, NetSuite, RIMS, and Google applications are used.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, and access to a reliable personal vehicle.

Additional Information

  • Term Length: Approximately May 20, 2024 – October 18, 2024
  • Hourly Rate: ($18.00 – $20.00)
  • Location/Region required to work from: Remotely in Maine.
  • Benefits: 1 hour of sick time per 30 hours worked.

To Apply

To apply for this position, please submit an application packet via our ADP application portal.

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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. 

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