Maine Trail Crew and Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner 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
MATC has eleven seasonal employees and numerous shorter-term volunteer positions 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.
Ridgerunners will provide “Leave No Trace” education to hikers on the Appalachian Trail. Assignments include some of the most scenic areas in Maine – Saddleback Mountain, Bigelow Mountain and Gulf Hagas. Ridgerunners will manage campsites, patrol trails and provide summit stewardship. They will focus on teaching Leave No Trace to youth groups and long-distance backpackers.
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 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 has some of the wildest areas left in the Northeast U.S. and a primary wilderness experience.
Our most successful seasonal employees and 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.
Room and Board
MATC provides room and board to the Maine Trail Crew Leaders, Coordinator and volunteers who on days off will live on a scenic island in Branns Mill Pond in Dover Foxcroft, Maine. Rustic camps and wall tents provide housing. Each week the crews will travel in MATC vans to the project sites to camp and work on the the trail for 5 consecutive days.
Ridgerunners will live and work at remote campsites on the A.T. MATC will provide some camping gear. On days off, when the Ridgerunners will return to civilization, MATC will provide some assistance with housing.
Getting Here and Getting Around
The Maine Trail Crew base camp is 35 miles from public transportation. MATC can pick up and drop off staff and 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.
Ridgerunners do need a reliable vehicle to get to the trail head after days off.
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 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.