The mission of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail— ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. ATC was founded in 1925 and is a private nonprofit organization with more than 43,000 members. It is responsible to the federal government for ensuring proper management of the 2,189-mile-long Appalachian National Scenic Trail (known as the A.T.), most of which is located on public lands administered by the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, or agencies of the 14 states through which it passes. ATC assigns sections of the A.T. to 31 Trail-maintaining clubs and provides numerous services to club volunteers. More information about ATC can be found at www.appalachiantrail.org.
THE HIRING PROCESS
Highly qualified seasonal Ridgerunners and Caretakers are recruited each year. They may be hired and managed by ATC or by its affiliated clubs or agencies.
[Note: Complete applications submitted to ATC will be distributed to the program managers of the specific position(s) applied for. Those managers will contact any applicants they want to interview.]
We complete the hiring process as soon after the deadlines as possible, however applicants should be aware that hiring for some positions may not be completed until April or early May, especially for positions that start later in the year.
All positions are seasonal and vary in length. Wages vary according to positions and individual qualifications. The pay is competitive, and some positions include housing.