The Conservation Department of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) ensures the permanent protection and stewardship of Appalachian Trail Lands (ATC lands) and Appalachian National Scenic Trail lands (National Park Service lands) and their associated resources through effective implementation of a cooperative management system involving ATC, Trail-maintaining clubs, and public-agency partners.
The applicant will be responsible for working on an approximately forty-mile section of the A.T. in Maine as a ridgerunner where they will greet, aid and educate hikers on Leave No Trace and management regulations. The applicant will also work cooperatively to staff the Appalachian Trail Visitor Center in Monson, Maine, an A.T. Community. The Visitor Center’s core mission is to address the increased popularity of the Appalachian Trail in northern Maine and Baxter State Park, concerns with hiker behavior, and to support the growing ecotourism industry in the Moosehead Lake region. Applicant will be one of three primary staff for the Visitor Center and will also have the opportunity to support the mission of the Visitor Center through hiker education on the A.T. near Monson. In the Visitor Center, the applicant will be the primary point of contact for all visitors to the Visitor Center including thru-hikers, section hikers, short term backpackers, day hikers, camp groups and casual visitors. They will provide education on Leave No Trace, management regulations and visitor expectations in Baxter State Park, day hiking opportunities in the area, and trail and river conditions. The split between on-Trail and Visitor Center time will be approximately 65%/35%, but may vary through the season.
Applicants will be expected to work together with the Visitor Center Manager, Visitor Center Assistant and Maine Regional Manager as a team, and also cooperatively with Appalachian Trail Conservancy staff, Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC) volunteers and staff, Monson A.T. Community volunteers, Monson town staff and Baxter State Park staff. They will also be expected to work weekend days and some holidays. Low-cost off-trail housing will be available to the applicant.
Applicants must be available the third week of May through mid-October.