Location: Tennessee
Department: Conservation
Supervisors: Chloë de Camara, ATC Trail Education Specialist, Kayla Carter, NeTREP
Type: Volunteer, approx. 4-10 hours/month
Application Deadline: January 29, 2021

Position Summary:

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership (NeTREP), in cooperation with regional Appalachian Trail (A.T.) maintaining clubs and Appalachian Trail Communities™, are seeking a Community Coordinator to support the two A.T. Communities in Tennessee. This position works directly with the A.T. Community Advisory Committees and Ambassadors in each of the communities, as well as the appropriate A.T. Maintaining Clubs, to identify committee and club needs, support communication, and coordinate with the broader regional network of communities. The Coordinator will host quarterly calls, provide A.T. information to communities, communicate and share community successes, and support the Southern A.T. Community network.

What is involved? The main responsibilities of the A.T. Community Coordinator are to:

  • Be committed to serving as a liaison for two designated A.T. Communitiesin Tennessee
  • Support planning for the 2023 AT VISTA summit hosted by NeTREP
  • Organize Trail work days in Carter County
  • Plan and teach Leave No Trace curricula in local schools
  • Be available to check in remotely via Zoom or Teams with other Coordinators and ATC staff regularly

The benefits of being an Appalachian Trail Community Coordinator include:

  • Opportunity to learn about and play a key role in Appalachian Trail cooperative management partnerships
  • Leave No Trace training
  • Participation in the A.T. Community Summits and Regional Partnership Committee meetings, as available
  • Participation in the Volunteer Leadership Academy, as available
  • Training in A.T. history, management, ATC programs, and hike leadership
  • Support from ATC and NeTREP staff
  • Sharing A.T. experiences with a network of other A.T. Coordinators and Ambassadors
  • Satisfaction of knowing you are contributing to the protection, management and maintenance of the A.T. and growing the next generation of A.T. stewards!

Position purpose:

Coordinators act as a liaison between their communities and the ATC, sharing news, events, stories, and successes.Their goal is to motivate participation and engagement to help bolster volunteer stewardship of the Trail in Tennessee, and preserve Trail lands and adjacent priority conservation landscapes critical to the Appalachian Trail recreational experience.

To aid their quest, 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.

In addition to the goals above, the Coordinator will:

  • Become familiar with Trail Maintaining Club organizational structure, activities, events and volunteer opportunities;
  • Communicate community efforts by collecting and reporting projects, participants, volunteer hours and events;
  • Support recruitment for local ATC volunteer opportunities including Trail Crews, rare plant monitoring, boundary monitoring, invasive species plant monitoring and control workshops, phenology monitoring, local A.T. Coordinators, other trail maintenance projects as regionally prioritized;
  • Send in pictures and posts monthly for social media to share all the successes happening in A.T. Communities;
  • 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, new Community designation ceremonies, affinity groups like Wild East Women, and other ATC-related events;
  • Recruit and act as the main contact for the T. Community Supporter businesses in these communities.

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 a 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.

Tennessee A.T. Communities:

Roan Mountain

Unicoi County

To Apply:

Please send a letter of interest and resume of qualifications to: Dru Falco [email protected]  with the subject “Tennessee A.T. Community Coordinator”. Please mention how you have been involved with the A.T. or if you are familiar with the communities.

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.

Position Type : Careers – Volunteers – Internship

Time and Location
This is a volunteer-based position offered with a small stipend. Position will work remotely.
Schedule will be defined in advance with supervisors, with a range of 4 to 10 hours of work per month.

This is a one year position.

Feb, 2021 – Feb, 2022

Intern will receive a quarterly stipend of $500, not to exceed $2,000.00