The Appalachian Trail is protected by federal law as established by the National Trails System Act of 1968. Stretching through 14 states from Maine to Georgia, for nearly 2,220 miles, the Trail traverses six national parks, seven national forests, 25 wilderness areas, numerous wildlife refuges, national recreation and national heritage areas. The Trail and adjoining lands are, significantly, the last remaining open space in the eastern United States. More than three million people each year experience the Trail, requiring support for visitor education and trail maintenance. Additionally, increasing development in the eastern United States threatens the Trail’s scenic views and areas of natural and cultural significance, requiring advocacy on federal and state levels to conserve diminishing open space.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) seeks a highly energetic, creative and self-motivated individual to assume manager-level responsibilities regarding Advocacy outreach and communications. Advocacy responsibilities entail proactive work on issues of importance to the Trail and surrounding lands, and addressing proposed legislation and policy contrary to the best interests of the Trail.
The Advocacy Manager will work closely with ATC’s Vice President of Strategic Communications to advance ATC’s proactive protection goals regarding federal legislation and appropriations, and will assist in building grassroots/grasstops support and activism for federal, state and local issues.