Maine Appalachian Trail Club

Seasonal Positions Available 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.

Maine is the A.T.'s most challenging, rugged and remote state, and it has the wildest feel of any area of the Trail.

About Maine Appalachian Trail Club

Maine Appalachian Trail Club - Seasonal Positions Available!

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

Put your passion for the Appalachian Trail to work!  Apply for Maine Trail Crew and A.T. Ridgerunner jobs in Maine and help conserve one of the most remote and wildest regions of the eastern U.S.

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The Maine Trail Crew rebuilds damaged areas of the Appalachian Trail.  Crew members hike into remote areas for a week at a time, camp on the trail and use stone building techniques to control erosion, often on steep slopes. The crew utilizes rigging equipment to lift and move large boulders into place, they build stone staircases, water bars and step stones. We have a variety of positions available including leaders, interns and volunteers.

We also have three Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner positions available. Ridgerunners live and work outdoors and are based at Saddleback Mountain, Bigelow Mountain and Gulf Hagas in the "100 Mile Wilderness". Ridgerunners teach Leave No Trace knowledge, skills and ethics to hikers of all backgrounds.

The Employee Experience

Working on the Appalachian Trail, in Maine, involves doing good things for people and good things for the land. We provide meaningful outdoor work experiences with like-minded people who are working together to accomplish trail stewardship often in challenging conditions.  The work sites are remote and very scenic.  The Maine Woods offers an incredible wilderness experience.  

Ideal Candidate

Our most successful employees and volunteers bring a flexible attitude. People who enjoy other people as well as the solitude of a wilderness setting are usually best suited to our programs. Enthusiasm, good health, physical vigor, and experience with camping and hiking are vital. A willingness to follow instructions and safety rules and adaptability are key.

Room and Board

The Maine Trail Crew will provide room and board to all volunteers as well as paid staff.  During the work-week, for 5 consecutive days, crew members will camp at the project sites in the back-country.  On the 2 days off, in between the work weeks, crew members will rest on a scenic island in Branns Mill Pond in Dover Foxcroft, Maine.  Rustic camps and wall tents will provide housing. Food will be provided during the work-week and on days off. The Maine Trail Crew will transport all crew members and volunteers to and from base camp and the project locations in our vans.

A.T. Ridgerunners will live and work at back country campsites. MATC will provide some gear as well as off-day housing assistance. 

Employee Perks


  • Transportation to and from Bangor International Airport and Bus Terminals (Maine Trail Crew members)
  • Housing and meals are provided, including off time between work sessions (Maine Trail Crew)
  • Days off Housing on an island in Branns Mill Pond, Dover Foxcroft, Maine (Maine Trail Crew)
  • Off day housing assistance (Ridgerunners)
  • Tents and packs are provided if needed
  • 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 (Maine Trail Crew)
  • Stay in mountain-side campsites
  • See Maine moose and hear the loons
  • Recreational opportunities to the mountains, ocean and lakes on days off
  • Feel great about what you have done for the Appalachian Trail.

Getting Here and Getting Around

The Maine Trail Crew base camp is 35 miles from public transportation.  We can pick up and drop off volunteers and seasonal staff at the airport or bus station in Bangor.  We will transport Trail Crew members to all of the work projects (up to 100 miles away) and will bring Crew Members to town each week to do laundry, get showers and go shopping.  Bikes are welcome as well as canoes and kayaks. Crew members are welcome to bring a personal vehicle but it is not required. 

A.T. Ridgerunners must have a personal vehicle for getting to remote trail heads and training sites. The Saddleback and Bigelow position's off day housing is to-be-determined and will likely be in Rangeley or Stratton, Maine. The Gulf Hagas position's off day housing is in Monson, Maine.

For Fun

Maine is one of the best playgrounds to be found anywhere!

  • Climb Maine’s highest peak – Katahdin
  • Go Whale watching or hike the trails at Acadia National Park on the coast
  • Explore 610 square mile Moosehead Lake
  • Enjoy any of our 3000 lakes and fish any of 5000 streams

How to Apply

To Apply:  submit a letter, resume and references by email (indicate which position you are applying for in the subject line) to  Preference will be given to those applying by 1/31/20. Volunteer applications will be accepted through June. MATC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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