Operations Manager
Appalachian Mountain Club

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Operations Manager

Appalachian Mountain Club
Greenville Office/Maine Wilderness Lodges
Previous experience required
Start Date:
Job starts immediately! (Sep 10, 2019)

The Operations Manager provides year-round supervision of the maintenance of AMC’s backcountry wilderness lodges in Maine. Key responsibilities include the Nordic grooming program, recreational hiking trails, and maintenance of motorized equipment such as snowmobiles and a Piston-Bully. Also, supervision of a small team of maintenance technicians, land and trail management professionals as well as a mechanic report to the Operations Manager to support all of these functions that are critical to the success of our lodging and land operations.

Priorities shift and transition with the time of year. Success in the role will require the person to balance tactical day-to-day operations with strategic planning particularly regarding capital improvements. The Operations Manager must also be able to work collaboratively: with the Regional Lodging Manager to ensure staff and guest needs at the facilities are being met, as well as with the Director of Maine Conservation and Land Management to integrate all trails projects within the Maine Woods Initiative’s conservation framework.

Primary Responsibilities:    

  • Supervise the Operations staff to ensure that all facilities, roads, and trails are well maintained, and operate efficiently and safely, including:       
    • Perform and supervise the grooming and maintenance of winter ski trails   
    • Maintain equipment and supervise the storage of hand tools and power equipment in a neat, efficient and safe manner   
    • Operate heavy machinery for snow removal, trail maintenance, and infrastructure projects  
    • Provide welcoming information to visitors about AMC, local trails, recreation opportunities and our land management practices  
    • Winterize and de-winterize all water and other seasonal systems at each facility  
    • Maintain roads, bridges, and trails as needed  
    • Operate, troubleshoot and maintain facility systems including electrical (generators, inverters, PV array, battery systems), propane supply, potable water, and solid waste  
    • Ensure adequate supply and storage of firewood for lodges and remote cabins   
  • Work with the VP of Operations, the Maine Regional Lodging Manager, and the Director of Maine Conservation and Land Management to oversee capital improvement projects and to develop short and long-range plans and budgets     
  • Manage relationships and financial contracts with external contractors as assigned     
  • Implement energy conservation and environmentally sound practices in daily operations     
  • Maintain accurate financial records and control routine expenses based on an approved, annual operating budget        

Qualifications & Experience:    

  • Demonstrated management and leadership ability among a professional staff   
  • 2+ years of facilities operations management experience  
  • Supervise and manage employees to complete a diverse variety of work tasks and work schedules  
  • Provide exceptional leadership to AMC contractors and outside labor  
  • 2+ years of professional carpentry and maintenance experience or equivalent relevant experience/education.   
  • Experience with Nordic ski trail grooming preferred but not necessary. On the job training for the right candidate that shows associated skills and initiative.   
  • Proven experience or willingness to learn how to operate equipment successfully and safely, including but not limited to snowmobiles, RTVs, wheeled loaders, tractors, track dumps, plow trucks, chainsaws, power hand tools, etc.   
  • Experience designing, constructing and maintaining motorized and non-motorized recreation trails a plus.  
  • Physical ability to travel safely in the backcountry to all AMC worksites in all weather conditions carrying up to 40 pounds of gear  
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to obtain the appropriate license(s) in Maine  
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification required (AMC can provide/help schedule at the start of employment); Wilderness First Responder preferred  
  • Ability to use a computer to send and receive emails and use Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel) for communicating and planning   

To Apply: Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. No phone calls, please.

The Appalachian Mountain Club has zero-tolerance for child abuse or placing children in danger. AMC requires all employees who work in a program or facility which serves children, disabled persons or the elderly to have a criminal background record check performed on their name annually with employment contingent upon satisfactory results.

AMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in the workplace. AMC encourages the involvement of all people in its mission and activities, through its membership, programs, policies, and procedures. Our goal is to be a community that is comfortable, inviting and accessible for people of any age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. Join us!  

How to Apply

Now accepting applications! Please include your resume and a cover letter when applying. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Click APPLY NOW to learn more about and/or apply for this position.

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