Seasonal Trail Crew Position – Camp Coordinator

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.

Camp Coordinators are critical to the effective operation of quality crew programs. They serve as hosts to the volunteers and are responsible for all the activities necessary to ensure smooth operation of ATC’s crew camps and work centers, including welcoming and orienting crew volunteers, purchasing crew food and supplies, assisting with crew vehicle maintenance, etc.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan menus for Trail crew meals in the field & at the base camp, supervise & conduct meal preparation while the crews are at base camp.
  • Purchase food and supplies for Trail crews cost effectively, using advance-planning, bulk-purchasing, vendor discounts, and other means.
  • Provide basic facility upkeep such as logging minor repairs, coordinating with volunteers, cleaning, running dehumidifiers, submitting work orders, etc.
  • Support Crew Leaders by assisting in arrangements for repairs and adjustments to vehicles and tools and providing other assistance as requested.
  • Assist with program duties, record-keeping, and financial management, including managing the crew checking account and staying within budget.
  • Ensure safe, clean, and environmentally sound conditions at the base camp, and promote high volunteer morale.
  • Greet and orient newly arriving crew members to crew life at the base camp and assign lodging space.
  • Assist volunteers in planning recreational activities on their days off.
  • Coordinate flight/bus transportation of volunteers to and from the base camp.


  • A high-school diploma
  • Driver’s license with an excellent driving record.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, administrative skills.
  • Proven ability to interact positively with the public and fellow staff.
  • Food preparation and menu-planning experience.
  • Experience working with volunteers.
  • Experience with facility and equipment upkeep and maintenance.
  • Commitment to the A.T. and resource protection efforts.
  • Knowledge of the Appalachian Trail and ATC.
  • Hospitality experience.
  • Current CPR and first-aid or Wilderness First Aid certification.

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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