Appalachian Trail Conservancy Jobs

ATC Seasonal Employment

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy offers seasonal employment, as well as volunteer opportunities. Trail crews perform construction tasks, as well as treadway rehabilitation.

The trail crews also assist with resource-management projects as assigned by local organizations, the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service.

Each trail crew is lead by two paid crew members who are hired to work from early April to late October or early November. The Crew Leader and the Assistant Crew Leader manage a group of 8-10 volunteers. Paid crew members also get room and board. The work is performed from a camp that is centrally located and the crew members maintain a weekly or biweekly schedule to work on assigned projects at various locations.

The Conservancy is looking for crew members who possess the following characteristics:

  • Able to work independently
  • Capable of showing initiative
  • Mature
  • Reliable
  • Self-motivated

Find the latest job openings with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in the JobMonkey Job Center.

Ridgerunners and Caretakers

Ridgerunners and caretakers share information about the Appalachian Trail with visitors. Their goal is to remind people about behaving responsibly while using the Trail and to help everyone have a positive experience while visiting the area.

The Ridgerunners are assigned to hike along a specific portion of the Trail. Caretakers are less mobile, since they are assigned to provide information and assistance to visitors from overnight sites at different spots along the trail.

Ridgerunners and Caretakers receive competitive wages.

The salary level depends on the candidate’s experience and the position they are hired for. Most Ridgerunner and Caretaker positions include room and board.

Applications for paid positions are due in January for consideration for the upcoming season. To learn more about the opportunities available at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, please visit the Employment page of their web site.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Internships

The Conservancy also offers full and part-time internships at different times throughout the year. Most of the internships are unpaid. The following opportunities are available:

  • Conservation intern
  • Database management intern
  • Non-profit management and leadership intern

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy may also have internship opportunities available at any of its regional offices. Potential interns can discover more about the program on the Internship page of the Conservancy’s web site.

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