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

How to Apply

For all positions except Volunteers, please complete and submit our online application by clicking the "Apply Here" link below. Please provide 3 references on the application form. Also...

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

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

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