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

Position Summary

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) is a Congressionally designated footpath and surrounding narrow corridor, protected by the National Trails System Act of 1968. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is the day-to-day manager of the Trail, working in close coordination with 31 Maintaining Clubs, two federal agencies, and 14 state governments. An estimated three million people per year step foot on some part of the A.T. and the Trail itself is within a day’s drive of half of the United States’ population.  

In order to ensure a continually revitalized pool of volunteers, ATC is placing strategic focus to make volunteering open to all and easy to do, as well as planning for the second century of cooperative management.  

ATC seeks an energetic, adaptable, patient and self-motivated intern to join its team in volunteer relations in order to advance strategic priorities in volunteer management and training. This position will strive to help the general public gain a greater understanding of the essential service volunteers provide to the A.T. with an aim to cultivate their active participation through personal relationships, online research, and effective written communications.  

Duties include, but are not limited to:  

Volunteer Relations  

  • Build awareness for A.T. volunteer opportunities through work with A.T. partners.   
  • Interviewing volunteers about their interest or experiences 
  • Participating in A.T. Club volunteer opportunities in the field 
  • Supporting volunteer records management  
  • Research and write blog posts related to A.T. Volunteerism 

 Volunteer Management Research 

  • Conduct research and reporting on volunteer management practices among national conservation organizations 
  • Summarize research studies on volunteer management best practices that will then be complied into a Research Reference Catalogue 
  • Present a capstone project (as a webinar for A.T. clubs or a report) on research of best practices for volunteer management. 

   Volunteer Training and Resource Management 

  • Support the organization and enhancement of available training and curriculum for volunteer development. 
  • Research local management plans for the A.T. and support the organization of information online to best support club development of future local management plans. 
  • Work alongside Volunteer Relations team in restructuring available resources for A.T. volunteer management 


Skills Required 

  • Excellent communication skills, including interpersonal, email, and social media 
  • Ability to analyze and concisely summarize research paper findings 
  • Familiarity with the Appalachian Trail and experience with trail work is desirable 
  • Forward looking thinker, who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions 
  • High degree of initiative and a team player 
  • Desire to learn and contribute 


Physical Demands  

  • Working on the phone or computer for extended periods. 
  • If field work is desired by candidate, traversing variable terrain in changing weather conditions.  Please see ATC’s Essential Eligibility Criteria on hiking and stewardship activities. 
  • Transporting hand tools while carrying a backpack of up to 20 pounds.  



  • Exposure to recreation resource management 
  • Opportunities to meet and learn from professionals in the field of conservation working in non-profits and federal agencies to manage the Appalachian Trail and other National Trails 
  • Gain essential skills in volunteer coordination, non-profit program administration, and cooperative management of a National Scenic Trail. 
  • Gaining a better understanding of trail maintenance and ecological preservation.  
  • Opportunities for published work on the story of the A.T.  
  • Exposure to career development opportunities and networking in the field of conservation. 
  • Opportunity to take a free Leave No Trace awareness course, or significantly discounted 2-day Leave No Trace trainer course 


Time, Term, Location, Stipend 

This position is part-time, with an expected average of 20 hours per week, for 15 weeks. Bi-weekly schedule will be defined in advance and defined by intern and their supervisor.  

 Location: Work from home, within the A.T. landscape (up to 3 hours drive-time or 200-miles to nearest A.T. access)  

 Stipend: A stipend not to exceed $4,500 is available for duration of this internship.  


How to Apply: Email [email protected] by July 8, 2021 with the subject line “Volunteer Impact Coordinator” and include a cover letter, resume, and writing sample.  


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.