Trail Management Assistant

Location : Kellogg Conservation Center – South Egremont, MA
Department : Conservation
Supervisor : Adam Brown, Conservation Stewardship Manager
Type : Seasonal (April 4th to October 4th)

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
The Trail Management Assistant, reporting to the Conservation Stewardship Manager, serves as the primary support for field-based projects in southern New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, and southern Vermont). This position will work within the framework of the federally-legislated Cooperative Management System to strengthen and enhance the mission of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and support the volunteer stewardship heritage of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (ANST),a unit of the National Park Service (NPS).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Project Support
Serves as the primary field representative in the region, coordinates closely with local clubs to ensure ATC and NPS standards are achieved, and provides logistical supportand technical expertise as necessary. The position:

• Attends weekly volunteer field work projects and meetings in Connecticut and
Massachusetts,with occasional travel to projects in southern Vermont

• Reviews federally funded work projects performed by local partners to provide project guidance and ensure maintenance standards are achieved

• Coordinates, plans and attends related skills and training workshops

• Open areas mowing and maintenance projects

• Youth trail crew project support

• A.T. shelter and overnight site maintenance and operations

Program Support
Supports core ATC and NPS programs. These include, but are not limited to:

• Facility maintenance, land management and stewardship efforts at the Kellogg Conservation Center

• Monitoring and maintaining A.T. exterior corridor boundary lines with staff and volunteers

• NPS easement monitoring

• Rare plant monitoring, phenology, and NNIS (non-native invasive species) monitoring and management efforts

• A.T. visitor management and education efforts

• Trail-based environmental education program planning and support


• Assists ATC regional staff in program and project planning, development, and reporting

• Attend local and regional partner meetings

• Generate accurate and on-time project, timesheet, and expense reports

• Other duties as assigned

● Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, recreation management, natural resources
management, forestry, or related field, with 1-3 years of experience required
● Strong trail maintenance, map/compass, and native and invasive plant identification skills
● Current Wilderness First Aid certification
● Strong familiarity with the principles of Leave No Trace outdoor ethics
● Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a field and office setting with staff and volunteers
● Comfortable using and maintaining hand tools and power equipment
● Excellent organizational, analytical, and critical thinking skills
● Strong oral and written communication skills
● Proficiency with technological operations, including Microsoft Office suite, handheld GPS units, and ESRI ArcView GIS mapping software
● Familiarity with the Appalachian Trail, hikers, and conservation volunteerism and related fields is desirable
● A current and valid driver’s license with no restrictions

Physical Demands
● Ability to hike long distances over rugged terrain and work in all weather conditions at remote locations
● Ability to lift 50+ pounds
● Ability to communicate effectively on the phone, by email, and in person with staff, volunteers, and the general public
● Travel, evening, and weekend work required

Work Environment
● Rigorous outdoor work environment along the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut,
Massachusetts, and southern Vermont with exposure to ticks and pests, as well as extreme and varied weather conditions
● Independent, field-based work environment with some administrative duties
● Office environment with a moderate level of noise due to activity on the phone, computer, and printer
● The position is based at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Kellogg Conservation Center in South Egremont, Massachusetts

To Apply
Resumes, and cover letters, can be emailed to Adam Brown,Conservation Stewardship Manager at [email protected]

All resumes should be emailed as a Microsoft Word document, saved as “Last Name_First Name.” Please indicate in your email (preferably in the subject line) that you are applying for this position (for example, “​Trail Management Assistant"

Applications will be accepted until 5pm EST on Friday February 12th.