Volunteer Steward - NY

Oct 4, 2018, 14:01 PM
Location : New York
Department : New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
Supervisor : Moe Lemire
Type : Volunteer
Position Summary:
The Appalachian Trail  was envisioned to serves an escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life. With the Trails proximity to some of the most highly populated areas on the east coast, such as New York City, it is vital that its visitors are educated on the importance of their impact. Volunteer stewards serve as the interpreters of the land, serving by example in their efforts to keep the trail pristine as well as educating the public how they can practice being stewards no matter what trail they may be on.

Volunteer stewards are needed in high traffic location. This includes parking areas, points of interest throughout the Trail, or heavily used portions of the Trail. 

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Volunteer stewards are responsible for a variety of things including but not limited to the following:

  • Collecting up and removing trash.

  • Breaking up fire rings that are not in designated locations and ensuring that there is one fire ring per campsite.

  • Discussing proper trail ethics with users and encouraging them to continue to protect our public lands.

  • A minimum of two visits a year to each campsite. Preferably in the beginning of the Spring and the end of Summer.

  • Being a an educational representative on busy section of the Trail and in parking lots on particularly high use days such as on holiday weekend during the Spring and Summer.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Capable of lifting at least 25lbs.

  • The ability to hike over rough terrain for varying distances.

  • The ability and willingness to effectively communicate Leave No Trace Principles to Trail visitors.

Physical Demands:
Volunteer Steward locations vary based on assignment. Candidates must be able to hike variable distances, over uneven terrain, in changing weather conditions, carrying a backpack that weighs 10-20 lbs.

Candidates must also be able to navigate and educate amongst groups at well trafficked trailheads/campsites.

Work Environment:

To Apply:
Contact Moe Lemire at [email protected].

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 : Volunteer - Role