Seasonal Trail Crew Position – Assistant Trail Crew Leader

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Organizational Mission

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to protect, manage, and advocate for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Primary Purpose

Highly qualified seasonal crew staff are recruited each year to complete routine Trail maintenance, major rehabilitation/repair, and Trail relocation projects. Applicants must demonstrate responsibility, initiative, and self-motivation. They must be able to work both independently with minimal supervision and cooperatively as a member of a team. Crew staff applicants should demonstrate the interest and ability to contribute to the public-service effort of working on a National Scenic Trail.

All positions are seasonal. Wages vary according to positions and individual qualifications. The pay is competitive; from $16-$20 for crew leaders, $14-$16 for assistant crew leaders, and $16-20 for camp coordinators. Most crews and positions will include room and board. Cold, wet weather and a remote environment are possible. Crew staff may be able to extend their employment by working for more than one crew. Those interested will need to interview with the manager of the crew program. See position descriptions for details. COVID-19 vaccination will be required for this position as a condition of employment. Medical and religious exemptions may apply.

Mid-Atlantic Crew—based in south-central Pennsylvania, the Mid-Atlantic crew runs from mid-August through late October. Projects may be in northern Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Projects are coordinated with the National Park Service, state agencies, and local A.T. clubs. Food and housing are provided for all staff. (Note: Potential for late March through October season for Konnarock staff who continue on to the Mid-Atlantic Crew.)

Anticipated hiring in 2022: One Crew Leader, one Assistant Crew Leader, and one Camp Coordinator.

Assistant Crew Leaders are responsible for assisting the Crew Leaders with the duties and responsibilities assigned to the Crew Leaders. They may have less experience, but generally should have the same skills as those required for Crew Leaders. Assistant Crew Leaders are encouraged to grow and gain skills and experience to become future Crew Leaders.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Implement Trail construction, reconstruction, and maintenance projects in cooperation with A.T clubs and partner agencies.
  • Ensure volunteer trail crew members are trained in and implement best practices in Trail design, construction, reconstruction, and maintenance according to ATC standards.
  • Ensure safe and sanitary conditions at the camps and work sites, transport crews safely, and respond appropriately to any emergency situations that may arise.
  • Promote an atmosphere in which all crew members feel welcomed, motivated, safe, and included, and where participation and contributions from all are valued and appreciated.
  • Follow the direction of designated supervisors with respect to duties, logistics, timetables, projects, submit timely biweekly timesheets, and perform other duties as assigned.
  • Ensure purchase of food, supplies, gear, and materials follow ATC’s financial controls and expenses stay within the weekly crew budget.
  • Travel on foot over rough terrain and for long distances while carrying equipment in possible inclement weather.
  • Follow and practice ATC COVID mitigation measures.


  • High-school diploma
  • Excellent driving record (driving background check required to operate ATC vehicles).
  • At least three seasons of experience in trail construction and rehabilitation.
  • Ability to work without direct supervision while encouraging cooperation among a crew in a primitive setting.
  • Commitment to the AT and resource protection efforts.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, experience, and proficiency in working with diverse groups of people, and a strong desire to motivate and empower crew members.
  • Training or Education in natural resource management or related field.
  • Leave No Trace trainer preferred
  • Sawyer Certification – chainsaw and/or crosscut sawyer highly preferred
  • Current first-aid and CPR certification (Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder)
  • Previous A.T. volunteer experience; experience managing volunteers
  • Knowledge of the Appalachian Trail and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

How to Apply

Deadline to apply is January 30, 2022

Click here to apply through the ADP portal.

Please submit an application packet that consists of a resume, list of three references, and a cover letter. Incomplete application packets may not be submitted for review. Cover letters and resume need to provide detail on:

  • Specific crew and positions you’re applying for; months which you’re available
  • Why you are interested in ATC Trail Crew staff position(s)
  • How you found out about this position
  • Previous trailwork experience
  • Any relevant and current certifications (chainsaw/crosscut, first aid/WFA/WFR, LNT, etc.)

Questions can be e-mailed to:

Josh Kloehn, ATC Trail Operations Manager – South, [email protected]


ATC Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness with all employees and volunteers to enable participation and contributions to their fullest potential.

We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive organization and recognize that diversity contributes to an effective and successful organizational culture and mission.

The ATC prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and/or expression), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, political affiliation, union membership, or any other status protected by the laws and regulations in the locations where we operate.

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