Central New England Corridor Stewardship Technician
NH, VT, MA, CT, ME
Alison Scheiderer, Land Protection Associate
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission 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.
The Conservation Department of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) ensures the permanent protection and stewardship of Appalachian Trail Lands (ATC lands) and Appalachian National Scenic Trail lands (National Park Service lands) and their associated resources through effective implementation of a cooperative management system involving ATC, Trail-maintaining clubs, and public-agency partners.
Under the supervisions of the Land Protection Associate, the Corridor Stewardship Technician monitors, maintains and recovers exterior corridor boundaries of lands that were acquired to protect the Appalachian Trail, while mitigating encroachments encountered according to ATC and National Park Service protocol. Fieldwork is the primary function of this position. The Technician works with trail clubs and volunteer groups in the New England region to strengthen the existing volunteer-centered system. Data entry and trip planning are required. The Technician maintains detailed work records, and maintains field equipment. Fieldwork may occur from southern Connecticut to northern Maine but will occur primarily along the Appalachian Trail in Vermont and New Hampshire.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- ●Assists local volunteer Trail club members in repainting Appalachian Trail corridor boundary lines, posting U.S. boundary signs, monitoring surveyors monuments and clearing lines of sight along NPS boundary lines
- ●Maintains organized field work files with detailed attention to data entry
- ●Documents and follows protocol for minor, moderate and severe encroachments.
- ●Schedules and completes field projects; including logistics, pre-field preparation, and post-field reporting
- ●Prepares for assigned field work by reviewing detailed survey and trail maps, researching deeds, and consulting natural heritage and encroachment data
- ●Monitors easements and communicates with landowners according to ATC Corridor Stewardship program protocol
- ●Assists Land Protection Associate and Trail club leaders with organizing and presenting training workshops
- ●Assists Trail Clubs and supervisor with volunteer crew training and management
- ●Travels to and from work sites, keeps detailed work log, tent camps at or near work sites when necessary
- ●Maintains regular communication with supervisor and Trail clubs
- ●Organizes, inventories, and maintains tools, supplies, program vehicle and other field equipment
- ●Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, recreation management, natural resources management, forestry, or related field, with 1-3 years of experience preferred
- ●Excellent field skills. Must work on remote A.T. sections and off Trail in difficult terrain in all weather conditions.
- ●Ability to communicate professionally and promptly by phone, email or in person.
- ●Familiarity with the Appalachian Trail, hikers, and conservation volunteerism and related fields is desirable
- ●Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a field and office setting
- ●Self-motivated person who works well in a two person team environment
- ●Strong organization, analytical and communication skills with ability to adapt to changes in schedule.
- ●Experience and passion for working with volunteers and outdoors, including primitive, backcountry camping
- ●Proven ability to travel on foot over rough terrain and for extended periods of time/distance
- ●Demonstrated proficiency with map and compass to interpret survey plats, follow compass bearings, and triangulate position using reference landmarks
- ●Must be willing and able to travel throughout New England for the duration of the position and to work a flexible schedule including weekends
- ●WFA required, WFR preferred
- ●Fluency with computer operations, Microsoft and email software
- ●Experience with GPS, GIS and Google Earth applications a plus
Must be available from May 15 through September 30, 2017
- ●Regular use of a computer is required; Microsoft Office, ESRI GIS, and Google applications are used
- ●Requires backcountry camping skills, equipment, and supplies
- ●Requires work in an office setting using computers and office equipment
- ●Requires valid state driver’s license with a safe driving record
- ●Incumbent may be exposed to hazardous physical conditions and seasonal exposure to extreme weather conditions, including rain, snow, humidity, intense heat, and sunlight
- ●Incumbent will handle heavy brush, walk for extended periods, stand for long periods, perform routine moderate lifting, 50+ pounds in a backpack over five or more miles, traverse rough uneven terrain, and wet and slippery surfaces.
- ●The position is headquartered at the location of the current work project
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