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 the 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!

About Maine Appalachian Trail Club

 

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.  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.

 

The Employee Experience

Working on these crews involves doing good things for people and good things for the land.  We value people who can make an extra effort to get along with others and accomplish good trail work often in challenging conditions.  The work sites are remote and very scenic-.  The Maine Woods has some of the wildest areas left in the North East US.  This is a primary wilderness experience.  Many people leave us with great experiences on the trail and also with their companions.

Ideal Candidate

Our most successful crew members embrace "how do you do things here?" and  bring a flexible attitude to the program. The people who enjoy other people even though they might be quite different are usually best adapted to this project.

Room and Board

MATC provides room and board to the Trail Crew Leaders, Coordinator and Trail Crew who live on a scenic island in Branns Mill Pond in Dover Foxcroft, Maine.  Rustic camps and wall tents provide housing.

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.

Employee Perks

The Maine Trail Crew is distant from retail centers.  There is no fee for hiking the Appalachian Trail.  All crew members can get their meals provided whether they are working on the trail or on days off. A local outfitter loans us kayaks for the summer.

Getting Here and Getting Around

You are welcome to bring a personal vehicle.  The base camp is 35 miles from public transportation.  We can pick you up and drop you off at the airport or bus station in Bangor.  We will transport you to all of the work projects (up to 100 miles away) and will bring you to town each week to do laundery, get showers and go shopping.  Bikes are welcome as well as canoes and kayaks.

For Fun

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

Our Jobs

You can find  job descriptions and any necessary qualifications on our website.  This job posting is quite complete.

Maine Appalachian Trail Club

Assistant Trail Crew Leader

Maine Appalachian Trail Club

2018 Season

Love to hike? Dream of working on the Appalachian Trail in Maine? Apply for summer trail crew jobs today and build high standard trail skills.

Assistant Trail Crew Leader

Provide additional 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.  Advanced training with stone cutting, stone work, Griphoist rigging systems and other trail work will be provided as well as instruction in first aid and leadership techniques.   Sorry, no pets are allowed.

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

Pay:  $10.00 per hour plus housing and meals provided (valued at $150 per week)

            Housing is on an island in Branns Mill Pond, Dover Foxcroft, Maine.

Dates:   May 19 – August 25, 2018.  Work includes weekends.

To Apply: send your resume, cover letter and 3 references to:

Lester C. Kenway

PO Box 8057

Bangor ME 04402

Or by email to trailser@twc.com.

Applications accepted until the positions are filled, preference for to those received by January 31, 2018

Maine Trail Crew Camp Coordinator

Base Camp

Maine Appalachian Trail Club

2018 Season

Put your passion for the Appalachian Trail to work! Apply for summer trail crew jobs in Maine and make friendships that will last a lifetime.

Maine Trail Crew Camp Coordinator

Develop communication and leadership skills while working in an outdoor setting.  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.  Participate at job sites on a limited basis.  Personal vehicle required.  Sorry, no pets are allowed.

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

Pay:  $13.15 per hour plus housing and meals (valued at $150 per week)

            Housing is on an island in Branns Mill Pond, Dover Foxcroft, Maine.

Dates:  May 19 – August 25, 2018     

To Apply: send your resume, cover letter and 3 references to:

Lester C. Kenway

PO Box 8057

Bangor ME 04402

Or by email to trailser@twc.com.

Applications accepted until the positions are filled, preference for to those received by January 31, 2018

Maine Appalachian Trail Club

Maine Trail Crew Leaders

Maine Appalachian Trail Club

2018 Season

Put your passion for the Appalachian Trail to work!  Apply for summer trail crew jobs in Maine and make friendships that will last a lifetime.

Maine Trail Crew Leader

Passionate about the outdoors? Do your best thinking from a mountain summit? 

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 new trail.  Activities focus on quality trail building, teamwork and learning opportunities for volunteers.  Advanced training with stone cutting, stone work, Griphoist rigging systems and other trail work will be presented as well as training with first aid and leadership techniques.   Sorry, no pets are allowed.

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

Pay:  $13.15 per hour plus housing and meals provided (valued at $150 per week)

            Housing is on an island in Branns Mill Pond, Dover Foxcroft, Maine.

Dates:   May 19 – August 25, 2018.  Work includes weekends.

To Apply: send your resume, cover letter and 3 references to:

Lester C. Kenway

PO Box 8057

Bangor ME 04402

Or by email to trailser@twc.com.

Applications accepted until the positions are filled, preference for to those received by January 31, 2018.

 

Maine Appalachian Trail Club

Maine Trail Crew Volunteers

Maine Appalachian Trail Club

2018 Season

Maine Trail Crew

Dream of working on the Appalachian Trail in Maine?  Learn about this exceptional volunteer opportunity:

Join the Maine Trail Crew and work on some of the most pristine, remote sections of Maine’s Appalachian Trail.  Help preserve this precious and wild resource for future generations of hikers.  An enthusiastic staff awaits your arrival and is looking forward to building trail with you.

Work, hike 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.  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.

Time Frame:  June 26 to August 23, 2018 – You are welcome to join us for one or more weeks!  Sorry, no pets are allowed.  Work includes weekends.

To Reserve your space:

Maine Trail Crew

Holly Sheehan

231 Maine Avenue

Portland, ME  04103

matc@gwi.net

C.A.R.E. Maine Appalachian Trail Club

Ridge Runners

2018 Outdoor Seasonal Job Opportunities:

Ridgerunners on the Appalachian Trail in Maine

      (a) Saddleback Mountain (b) Bigelow Mountain and (c) Gulf Hagas

Ridgerunner Job Description:

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

Requirements:

  • Significant long distance hiking experience on the Appalachian Trail
  • Leave No Trace knowledge, skills and ethics
  • Public/customer service skills
  • Good physical condition – able to hike with a 40 lb. backpack
  • Desire and comfort with primitive, solitary, outdoor living and working conditions
  • Practical arrangements for transportation and local days-off housing

Schedule: May 19 through October 13, 2018.  All positions work on weekends and holidays, days off are mid-week.Pay: ranges from $12-$14/hour depending upon experience. Backpacking and camping gear will be provided for the season.To Apply:  submit a letter, resume and references by email (“MATC Ridgerunners” in subject line) tomatcjobs@matc.org.  Preference will be given to those applying by 1/15/18.

The Maine Appalachian Trail Club manages and maintains 267 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Maine. Founded in 1935, MATC is an all-volunteer, nonprofit that welcomes new members and inspires respect for this natural treasure. Visit MATC at www.matc.org or on Facebook.

 

Maine Appalachian Trail Club

Trail Internships

Maine Appalachian Trail Club

2018 Season

Trail Crew Internships

ream of working on the Appalachian Trail in Maine?

Consider this opportunity to 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. 

Sorry, no pets are allowed.    

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.

Benefits:

  • Develop your professional background
  • Housing and meals are provided, including off time between work sessions

Base Camp is on an Island in Branns Mills Pond, Maine

  • Tents and packs are provided if needed
  • Stay in mountain-side campsites
  • 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
  • Recreational trips to the mountains, ocean and lakes on days off

Dates:  May19 to August 25, 2018 – Work includes weekends.

Living Allowance - $200 per week

To Apply: send your resume, cover letter and 3 references to:

Lester C. Kenway

PO Box 8057

Bangor ME 04402

Or by email to trailser@twc.com.

Applications accepted until positions are filled, preference given to those received by January 31, 2018.

How to Apply

  • For the Trail Crew Leaders, Assistants, Interns and Trail Crew Camp Coordinators positions, please send a cover letter and resume to: Lester C. Kenway, trailser@twc.com
     
  • For the Caretaker/Ridge Runner positions, please submit a letter of interest and resume to: matcjobs@matc.org with "MATC CT/ RR” in subject line
     
  • For the Volunteer positions, send a letter of interest indicating your preferred time frame to: Holly Sheehan, matc@gwi.net

Preference will be given to those applying by 1/31/18.

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