Organizational Mission:

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

Primary Purpose

Trail crew members are needed to complete routine Trail maintenance and major Trail rehabilitation and reconstruction projects along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) through Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Projects range from cleaning drainage structures and clearing vegetation from the trail corridor to constructing new log or rock steps. Crew work can be tedious or repetitive, particularly with vegetation projects. Applicants must demonstrate an affinity for the outdoors, willingness to learn, the ability to follow directions, comfort with manual labor, the ability to maintain mental and physical stamina during long field days, and eagerness to be part of a remote backcountry team. Crew members will work in a team of four, led by a leader and assistant leader.


  • Backcountry backpacking, camping, and cooking experience
  • In good mental and physical health
  • Ability to hike long distances in steep, mountainous terrain
  • Ability to carry personal and group work & camping gear to backcountry project
  • Experience recreating or working in inclement weather
  • Ability to maintain a safe working environment
  • Ability to take direction from crew leaders
  • Comfortable working as part of a team with members from different backgrounds
  • Current CPR and first aid certification or previous wilderness medical training preferred
  • Willingness to participate in additional training or certifications

Pay range: $16-$18 per hour; crew hitch food provided; seasonal housing may be offered (inquire for more info)

Season dates: May 16 to August 17, 2023


To Apply:

Please click the button below to apply through our ADP application portal.

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Applicants are strongly encouraged to upload an updated resume and answers to the specific application questions. We may request you to provide up to three references throughout the recruitment process. 

Applications will be accepted until positions are filled, with preference given to those received before February 17, 2023.


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.