Maine Trail Crew Volunteer Positions
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
The Maine Appalachian Trail Club – An Exceptional Opportunity
Maine Appalachian Trail Club has numerous short-term volunteer positions with our Maine Trail Crew on the Appalachian Trail this summer.
The Maine Trail Crew works to rebuild damaged areas of the trail. The Crew hikes into remote areas for a week at a time and uses stone building techniques to control erosion on steep slopes. Projects often utilize rigging equipment to lift and move large boulders into place. Our trail crew works and camps 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.
The Employee Experience
Working on the Appalachian Trail, in Maine, 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 trail stewardship often in challenging conditions. The work sites are remote and very scenic. The Maine Woods offers an incredible wilderness experience.
Our most successful volunteers 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. 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.
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, volunteers with camp with our staff at the project sites in the back country. On the 2 days off, in between the work weeks, volunteers 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/volunteers to and from base camp and the project locations in our vans.
- 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.
Getting Here and Getting Around
The Maine Trail Crew base camp is 35 miles from public transportation. MATC can pick up and drop off volunteers 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.
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
For the Volunteer Position application and brochure describing each trail project email: Holly Sheehan, firstname.lastname@example.org.