Resource Management Coordinator

Location : Asheville, NC
Department : Conservation
Supervisor : Morgan Sommerville, Southern Regional Director
Type : Full-time

Our Mission

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.

Position Summary

Under the general supervision of the Southern Regional Director, the Resource Management Coordinator is responsible for coordination and support of ATC’s Deep South natural resource management programs.  This involves coordination of ATC’s environmental monitoring and management programs including open areas management, invasive plant management, rare plant monitoring, phenology monitoring, citizen-science education and outreach related to the natural resources program areas.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Administers and implements regional open area management program in NC & TN to maintain plant communities, wildlife habitat, and scenic vistas at A.T. open areas.  Works closely with agency partners and volunteers to prioritize work areas and develop plans for open area management.  Coordinates staff, volunteers and contractors to perform regular maintenance activities, implementing best management practices.  Keeps current data on program and develops budget for program implementation and oversight.
  • Administers ATC’s Rare Plant Monitoring program in GA, NC & TN.  Coordinates and communicates with NPS and ATC Resource Management Staff on development of protocol, volunteer manual, species prioritization and site listing. Coordinates and communicates with key agency partners such as State Heritage and USFS botanists, as well as A.T. clubs to assure program effectiveness.  Initiates volunteer recruitment and training, develops and maintains program records, and manages associated volunteers. 
  • Administers ATC’s Invasive Exotic Species Monitoring and Management program in GA, NC & TN.  Utilizes new and existing inventory data to prioritize areas for controlling invasive plant infestations.  Recruits volunteers from A.T. clubs and the general public to participate in invasive plant workshops and creates awareness of invasive plants and native biodiversity through public outreach.  Trains and supervises volunteers for project implementation, using manual, mechanical and chemical control techniques.  Maintains program records, communicates and coordinates with all agency partners, A.T. clubs, contractors, and other organizations to achieve program goals.  Performs periodic monitoring to identify new invasive plant infestations and assess efficacy of previous control treatments to inform future management strategies.  This position requires a pesticide applicator license for the state of NC.
  • Administers and implements ATC’s Phenology Monitoring program.  Coordinates and communicates with NPS and ATC Resource Management Staff, A.T. Seasons partners, and the USA National Phenology Network to develop program goals and strategies.  Works with A.T. clubs, A.T. Communities, regional schools and the general public to promote citizen science and phenology monitoring within the A.T. corridor.  Initiates volunteer recruitment, training and program evaluation.   Maintains program records including volunteer records and phenology data. 
  • Trains and supervises temporary employees or interns to support natural resources management programs
  • Represents ATC at conferences, events and workshops.  Creates and delivers presentations, materials and aids in coordination efforts when needed. 
  • Assists regional partners and staff with other projects relating to the protection of natural resources along the Appalachian Trail
  • Shares staff support for appropriate ATC committees and functions.  


  • Bachelors degree in forestry, natural resource management, or similar.  Masters preferred
  • Strong botanical identification skills
  • 2 – 3 years work experience in related field
  • Supervisory and management experience
  • A demonstrated ability to work well with others
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Self-starter who can organize, track, manage and report on multiple programs and frequently changing priorities with patience, perseverance, minimal supervision and successful completion.
  • Knowledge of invasive exotic plant control techniques.  Pesticide applicator license preferred
  • Excellent field skills.  Must work on remote A.T. sections, on and off Trail, in all weather conditions, independently if necessary.  Must be proficient with map & compass and GPS.
  • Familiarity and experience with ArcGIS software and GIS principles
  • Strong competence with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and Access

Physical Demands
  • Ability to lift and move moderate weight (50+ pounds)
  • Travel and weekend work may be required
  • Ability to hike significant distances on and off trail, in rugged terrain
  • Requires the ability to work under adverse weather conditions.
  • Ability to use outdoor equipment such as chainsaws, brush cutters, and hand tools.
  • Willingness to spray and mix herbicides, while using proper safety equipment
  • Ability to work in a crowded office environment with moderate noise levels

Work Environment

To Apply
The deadline to apply is April 8, 2016. To apply please email a cover letter, and to Morgan Sommerville, Southern Regional Director, [email protected].  

All resumes should be titled as “Last Name_First Name.”  Please include the position title and your name in the email subject line.  An example subject line will read: “ATC SORO Res. Mgt.Coord: Joan Smith.”