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Maine Appalachian Trail Club's 2019 Ridgerunner and Maine Trail Crew Positions:

A.T. Ridgerunners (May 18th–October 20th) will meet and educate hikers on the Appalachian Trail, impart Leave No Trace information, provide summit stewardship and maintain camping sites. $14–$16/hour, plus backpacking and camping gear for the season and off day housing assistance.

Maine Trail Crew Field Coordinator (April 1st- Sept. 28th) will lead and coordinate multiple trail crews working on the Appalachian Trail.  Duties include making plans for the summer season, teaching trail skills to program staff and volunteers, joining the crews on the trail, making inventories of trail conditions, submitting reports, and maintaining housing facilities/equipment. $19.50/hour, group housing and food available.

Maine Trail Crew Leaders & Assistant Leader(May 18th–August 24th) will supervise, lead and teach volunteer trail crews engaged in trail reconstruction work on the Appalachian Trail and at remote sites. Activities focus on quality trail building, teamwork and learning. $16.50/hour ($12/hour for Assistants), plus training, meals and lodging.

Maine Trail Crew Camp Coordinator (May 18th–August 24th) will support 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. $16.50/hour plus meals and lodging.

Maine Trail Crew Interns (May 18th–August 24th) will join Trail Crew staff and volunteers with activities focused on building stone steps, waterbars, retaining walls and new trails. $200/week plus meals and lodging.

Maine Trail Crew Volunteers (June 22nd–August 22nd - join for one or more weeks): Trail work focuses on rebuilding and restoring heavily impacted sections of the Appalachian Trail. Benefits include local transportation, housing & meals, tents & packs and recreational trips.

  • Ridgerunners

    Maine Appalachian Trail Club
    $15.00 / hour

    Three Ridgerunner positions are available at: Saddleback Mountain, Bigelow Mountain and Gulf Hagas.

    The Ridgerunners will:

    • Meet, greet, register and educate hikers on the Appalachian Trail.
    • Impart Leave No Trace knowledge, skills and ethics to hikers focusing on youth groups and long distance backpackers, for example: where to camp, how to protect water sources, how to minimize fire impacts, etc.
    • Provide education about rare alpine plants and stewardship on summits and ridgelines.
    • Manage and provide light maintenance at campsites..

    Qualifications:

    • Leave No Trace knowledge, skills and ethics.
    • Desire and comfort with primitive, solitary, outdoor living and working conditions.
    • Good physical condition.
    • Public/customer service skills
    • Professional appearance and attitude.
    • Good communication skills (including oral, by phone, and written).
    • Wiliness to work in unfavorable weather conditions.
    • Personal transportation is required to get to assigned trail head.
    • Long-distance hiking experience.
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  • Maine Trail Crew Field Coordinator

    Maine Appalachian Trail Club
    $19.50 / hour

    The Field Coordinator will lead and coordinate multiple trail crews working on the Appalachian Trail in Maine.  Duties include making plans for the summer season, teaching trail skills to program staff and volunteers, joining the crews on the trail, making inventories of trail conditions, submitting reports, and maintaining housing facilities/equipment. Sorry, no pets are allowed.

    Qualifications: 

    • Two or more seasons working on New England trails
    • Experience with outdoor leadership
    • Ability to monitor progress, quality and quantity of the trail work being done by two crews in different locations
    • Experience in the field with GPS – will train if necessary
    • Familiar with computers, Excel spreadsheets and MS Word
    • Ability to teach trail skills 
    • Experience building stone structures and using Griphoist equipment
    • Ability to hike long distances in mountain terrain
    • Valid driver's license and clean driving record
    • Accept responsibility for maintaining safety standards
    • Ability to motivate and work with people of all ages and backgrounds
    • Comfortable working without direct supervision
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  • Maine Trail Crew Camp Coordinator

    Maine Appalachian Trail Club
    $16.50 / hour

    The Crew Camp Coordinator will support the operation of volunteer trail crews from Base Camp by planning and preparing meals, purchasing food, maintaining the facility, recruiting volunteers, assisting with transportation, arranging leisure time opportunities, and participate at job sites on a limited basis.  Personal vehicle required.  

    Qualifications:

    • One season working in food service
    • One season working in an outdoor recreation setting
    • Valid driver's license, clean driving record and personal vehicle
    • Effective communications skills
    • Ability to function as a team member
    • Ability to maintain accurate records and petty cash
    • Ability to maintain a flexible sense of humor and a safe and enjoyable camp environment
    • Ability to work with people of all ages and backgrounds
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  • Maine Trail Crew Leaders

    Maine Appalachian Trail Club
    $16.50 / hour

    Team Leaders will teach and lead a volunteer a trail crew doing trail reconstruction work on the Appalachian Trail at remote sites on the mountains of Maine. Projects include building stone steps, waterbars and retaining walls and as well as trail relocations.  Activities focus on quality trail building, teamwork and learning opportunities for volunteers.  Advanced training with stone cutting, stonework, rigging systems and other trail work will be presented as well as training with first aid and leadership techniques.   

    Qualifications: 

    • One or more seasons of trail work experience
    • One or more seasons in an outdoor leadership role
    • Willingness to take responsibility for of all aspects of a trail crew
    • Maintain records and photos of each week’s project
    • Ability to teach trail skills 
    • Previous experience building stone structures
    • Good health and physical fitness
    • Valid driver's license and clean driving record
    • Ability to maintain a safe and enjoyable work environment under challenging conditions
    • Ability to motivate and work with people of all ages and backgrounds
    • Comfortable working without direct supervision

     

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  • Assistant Trail Crew Leader

    Maine Appalachian Trail Club
    $12.00 / hour

    The Assistant Team Leader will provide supervision and training to volunteers on the Appalachian Trail at remote sites in the mountains of Maine. Projects include building stone steps, waterbars and retaining walls.  Activities focus on quality trail building, teamwork and learning opportunities for volunteers.  We will provide advanced training in stone cutting, stonework, rigging systems and other trail work as well as instruction in first aid and leadership techniques.  

    Qualifications: 

    • One season of trail work or leadership experience
    • Interest in building a career in the trail world
    • Ability to teach
    • Good health and physical fitness
    • Valid driver's license and clean driving record
    • Willing to take over a project when the Crew Leader is gone.
    • Ability to maintain a safe work environment under challenging conditions
    • Ability to motivate and work with people of all ages and backgrounds

     

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  • Maine Trail Crew Internships

    Maine Appalachian Trail Club

    Build your skills with trail work, outdoor living and leadership.  Experience some of the most pristine, remote sections of Maine’s Appalachian Trail.   Projects focus on rebuilding and restoring heavily impacted sections of the Appalachian Trail.  Crews utilize Griphoist® rigging equipment, and hand tools to build stone steps, waterbars and retaining walls to repair the Appalachian Trail.  

    Qualifications: 

    • Enthusiasm for working and living outdoors
    • Interest in building a career in the trail world
    • Ability to teach skills and support volunteer workers 
    • Good health and physical fitness
    • Valid driver's license and clean driving record
    • Willing to develop both trail building and leadership skills
    • Ability to motivate and work with people of all ages and backgrounds
    • Sponsorship from a college or university

    Experience helps, but we teach trail skills here.

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  • Maine Trail Crew Volunteers

    Maine Appalachian Trail Club

    Volunteers will join the Maine Trail Crew and work on some of the most pristine, remote sections of Maine’s Appalachian Trail.  Volunteers can sign up for a week or longer to preserve a precious and wild resource for future generations of hikers. Trail Crew Volunteers will work, hike and camp for multiple nights at some of the wildest places left in the Eastern U.S.  Projects focus on rebuilding and restoring heavily impacted sections of the Appalachian Trail.  Crews utilize Griphoist® rigging equipment, and hand tools to build stone steps, waterbars and retaining walls to repair the Appalachian Trail.

    Persons of age 18 or older – of all backgrounds – are welcome.  Enthusiasm, good health, energy and adaptability are vital.  Willingness to follow instructions, comply with safety rules, and share camp chores is essential.  Experience helps, but we teach trail skills here.

    Benefits:

    • Transportation to and from Bangor International Airport and Bus Terminals
    • Tents and packs are provided if needed
    • Housing and meals are provided, including off time between work sessions
    • Days off Housing is on an island in Branns Mill Pond, Dover Foxcroft, Maine.
    • Make new friends
    • Learn new trail skills
    • Lots of hiking on the Appalachian Trail and elsewhere
    • Build works in stone to last for the ages
    • Stay in mountain-side campsites
    • See Maine moose and hear the loons
    • Recreational trips to the mountains, ocean and lakes on days off
    • Receive a Maine Trail Crew T-shirt
    • Feel great about what you have done for the Appalachian Trail.

     

     

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How to Apply

For all of the Maine Trail Crew paid positions (Trail Crew Field Coordinator, Trail Crew Leaders, Assistants, Interns and Trail Crew Camp Coordinator) please send a letter of interest, resume and 3 references to: Lester C. Kenway, trailser@twc.com.  Preference will be given to those applying by 1/31/19.

For the Ridgerunner positions, please submit a letter of interest, resume and references to: matcjobs@matc.org with "MATC RR” in subject line. Preference will be given to those applying by 1/15/19.

For the Volunteer position application, email: Holly Sheehan, coordinator@matc.org. 


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