Mid-Atlantic Conservation Policy Manager

Appalachian Mountain Club

Join the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) in our mission to protect the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Appalachian region, ongoing since 1876. Our values encompass diversity, inclusivity, trust, and respect for the environment. As an employee, you’ll gain access to enriching programs, policies, and procedures that enable you to drive real change. If you’re ready to explore, protect, and create memories within a dynamic community, apply now to be a part of the AMC team!

The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is seeking a talented and enthusiastic conservation advocate and public policy professional to lead our coalition-based work to advance conservation and recreation in the Mid-Atlantic Region, based out of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. They will work with our policy and advocacy team to advance our policy priorities related to conservation, outdoor recreation, and the intersections with climate mitigation as well as advancing greater equity in the outdoors. As part of our team of advocates from Maine to Pennsylvania, they coordinate with conservation and research staff, as well as our volunteers, to help build relationships between AMC and federal and state agencies, including regulatory bodies, elected officials, the private sector, and other non-profit organizations.

A qualified candidate will be enthusiastic about AMC’s conservation and recreation mission, have a proven track record as a skilled communicator, and will have experience in community and constituency engagement around environmental and outdoor recreation issues.

The Conservation Policy Manager is primarily focused on eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Priority initiatives include state and federal legislative and regulatory public policy issues in the region that seek to combat and prepare for climate change; protect the region’s landscape and waters; and advance equitable access to the outdoors.

What You’ll Be Doing At AMC

  • Lead AMC’s conservation and recreation policy work in the Mid-Atlantic region, including working with AMC’s advocacy team to identify and implement public policy and advocacy campaigns and initiatives at both the state and federal level, often working in partnership with other non-profit organizations in a coalition setting.
  • Lead and support the Pennsylvania Highlands Coalition in its work to protect the Pennsylvania Highlands region, as well as supporting the 4-state Highlands Coalition in CT, NJ, NY, and PA.
  • Analyze and comment on legislation, regulations, and policies related to land conservation and management, natural climate solutions, outdoor recreation, and equity in the outdoors.
  • Write and edit compelling pieces, including online action alerts, social media posts, and blog entries as well as policy memos, testimony, lobbying materials, and press releases.
  • Organize and host informational programs and events, such as webinars, meetings, and presentations about the Highlands and Delaware River watershed.
  • Engage and cultivate action among AMC members, volunteers, the public, and partner organizations. Activities may include coordinating and participating in events and recreational outings as needed.
  • Assist with grant development, by conceptualizing grant fundable projects, pitching and writing grant applications, as well as strengthening relationships with grant funders.
  • Identify and lead new strategic initiatives in the region, such as expanding programs, tackling new policy arenas, and developing innovative tools and approaches for advancing AMC’s conservation and recreation mission.
  • Represent AMC at regional conferences, press events, and meetings, especially in the Mid-Atlantic region.


  • Passion for the outdoor recreation, conservation, and education mission of AMC.
  • A variety of backgrounds and experiences may be considered, including environmental policy and advocacy, land and water protection, issue-based campaign work, volunteer relations, community outreach or organizing, constituency engagement, communications, social science, or a related field, with at least five years of experience, or a combination of professional experience and graduate experience.
  • Experience in building or productively contributing to coalition and networks, identifying relationships with key stakeholders, and facilitating information exchange among diverse interests toward a common set of goals.
  • Strong research, writing, and verbal communications skills, and a comfort with public speaking.
  • Solid computer skills and a willingness to learn more as needed.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Proven experience in working effectively to support and engage volunteers and other constituents often of a varied background and experience level.
  • Commitment to creating an equitable, inclusive, and culturally relevant environment for AMC employees, guests, visitors, volunteers, and other constituents.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends, as well as a willingness to travel with overnight stays throughout the Northeast often no more than two nights a month.
  • Physical abilities required: Majority of work is performed in a standard office setting. The ability to occasionally travel safely in the backcountry in all weather conditions carrying a backpack of up to 20 pounds is preferred. Must be able to sit, stand, walk, and operate standard office equipment.

What AMC Can Offer You:

Salary range: $53,144 – $71,760.

We are committed to equitable compensation practices, and we encourage qualified candidates to apply. The initial salary represents our starting point, and our compensation philosophy is designed to reward and recognize the contributions of our employees as they grow within the organization. External candidates typically begin their journey with us at the starting point of the salary range. The final compensation offer will be based on factors such as experience, education, skills and geographic differential relevant to the position, and will be discussed during the interview process.


  • Health Plan: Generous employer contributions through Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts with optional vision and dental.
  • Other Insurance: 100% employer paid life insurance, AD&D insurance, long-term disability.
  • Career Progression: The potential to have annual compensation reviews commensurate with performance and effort.
  • Retirement: Voluntary 403(b) with 4% matching employer contributions and a vesting schedule.
  • Paid Time Off: up to 4 weeks of paid earned time and up to 11 paid company holidays.
  • Other Team Member Perks:
    • 30% discount on AMC Merchandise
    • Free Annual AMC Membership
    • 10 Free nights at AMC locations
    • Educational Assistance
    • Prodeals discounts on equipment & gear and more!

The Appalachian Mountain Club values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We welcome all candidates to apply, and we invite the full participation of all individuals currently underrepresented in the outdoor community. This includes, but is not limited to individuals from all backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, and individuals who experience intersectionality with one or more of these identities.

The Appalachian Mountain Club has zero tolerance for child abuse or placing children in danger. The AMC requires all employees who work in a program or facility that serves children, disabled persons, or the elderly to have a criminal background record check performed on their name annually with employment contingent upon satisfactory results.

How to Apply

To Apply:

Please include a resume and letter of interest. No phone calls or agencies please.