Maine Appalachian Trail Club
Come Join us on the Appalachian Trail
The Maine Appalachian Trail Club is a volunteer, not-for-profit, public service organization that is responsible for management, maintenance and protection of the Appalachian Trail in Maine. The Club has been doing great things with great people since 1935. The Maine AT traverses some of the wildest country left in the East.
The Maine Trail Crew – An Exceptional Opportunity
MATC has several seasonal employees and numerous volunteers to work on the Appalachian Trail each summer.
Trail Crews work to rebuild damaged areas of the trail. Crews hike into remote areas for a week at a time and use stone building techniques to control erosion on steep slopes. Projects often utilize rigging equipment to lift and move large boulders into place. These trail crews work and live in some of the wildest places left in the Eastern U.S. Projects focus on rebuilding and restoring heavily impacted sections of the Appalachian Trail. Persons age 18 or older--of all backgrounds--are welcome. Enthusiasm, good health, physical vigor, and adaptability are vital. Willingness to follow instructions and safety rules and to share equally in camp chores is essential.
Caretakers and Ridge runners provide “Leave No Trace” education to hikers on the Maine AT. Assignments include some of the most scenic areas in Maine – Saddleback Mt., Bigelow Mt., Gulf Hagas, and Katahdin. Caretakers manage campsites in addition to working with the hiking public.
While paid positions require experienced candidates, many of the trail crew volunteer positions are short term in nature and can provide a tremendous outdoor experience and build skills for future jobs.
Trail Crew Leaders - Positions filled for 2013
Teach and lead a volunteer trail crew doing footpath reconstruction on the Appalachian Trail at remote sites on the mountains of Maine. Sorry, no pets allowed.
Salary: $12.50 per hour plus housing and meals provided.
Dates: May 11 – August 17, 2013
Trail Crew Camp Coordinator - Positions filled for 2013
Supports the operation of volunteer trail crews by planning and preparing meals, purchasing food, maintaining base camp facility, recruiting volunteers, assisting with transportation, and arranging leisure time opportunities. Personal vehicle required. Sorry, no pets allowed.
Salary: $12.50 per hour plus housing and meals provided
Dates: May 11 – August 17, 2013
Caretakers & Ridge Runners - Positions filled for 2013
Meet, greet, register and provide information to hikers on the Appalachian Trail. Deliver Leave No Trace awareness workshops at campsites to hiking groups. Maintain a composting privy system (Horns Pond site) and site maintenance. Ridge run – hike north and south of the caretaker’s camp site on overnight trips - to perform the same tasks at other areas.
Salary: $10 - $12 per hour DOE. Backpacking and camping gear are provided for the season.
Dates: May 18th through late September or mid-October. Work schedule may be 10 days on/4 days off. All positions work on weekends and holidays, days off are mid-week.
Trail Crew Volunteers - Positions filled for 2013
Projects focus on rebuilding and restoring heavily impacted sections of the Appalachian Trail. Work in includes: building stone steps, waterbars and retaining walls to repair the Appalachian Trail. More detailed info about the work and benefits on our website.
Time Frame: June 15 to August 10, 2013 – You are welcome to join us for one or more weeks! Sorry no pets allowed.
Room and Board
MATC provides room and board to The Trail Crew Leaders, Coordinator, and Trail Crew who live on a sheep farm in Garland, Maine where they stay in wall tents and enjoy a rustic homestead. Maine Trail Crews stay in backpacking tents at remote campsites when they are out on the trail.
Care takers and Ridge-runners are supplied with camping gear and they stay on the trail except for days off when they return to civilization. Permanent or day’s off housing is up to the individual.
Maine is one of the best playgrounds to be found anywhere!
- Climb Maine’s highest peak – Katahdin
- Go Whale watching on the Coast
- Explore 610 square mile Moosehead Lake
- Enjoy any of our 3000 lakes and fish any of 5000 streams
How to Apply
We've filled all our positions for this summer. We'll be accepting applications for next summer beginning in December. Stop by then to apply!