Seasonal Ridgerunner – Great Smoky Mountains and Georgia

Aug 29, 2019, 15:34 PM
Location : Georgia or the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Department : Conservation
Supervisor : Trail Education Specialist
Type : Seasonal
Position Summary:

ATC Ridgerunners provide information about the A.T. and its intended primitive experience, location, regulations, and traditions. They work to encourage the best behavior on the part of hikers to facilitate a positive Trail experience (particularly for those who are poorly prepared), and to elicit the support of those who live nearby. They discourage and mitigate misuse of the Appalachian Trail and its environs by performing educational and public-relations functions.

Ridgerunners are assigned to hike specific sections of the A.T. during the day and must be present at specific overnight sites during throughout the night. Applicants should demonstrate the interest and ability to contribute to the public-service effort of working on a National Scenic Trail and to promote volunteerism and membership in ATC and its club affiliates. They should possess the required skills listed below and be able to attend required training. Applicants must demonstrate maturity, responsibility, initiative, and self-motivation. 

Ridgerunners working in Georgia will work a 12-week season beginning in early February. Ridgerunners working in Great Smoky Mountain National Park will work either a 15-week or 35-week season beginning in late February. All Ridgerunners are required to participate in staff training, February 5th through February 10th.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Meet and greet the public and educate them about the A.T., ATC, local Trail Clubs, local land agencies and Leave No Trace practices
  • Advise visitors on rules and regulations pertinent to the A.T.
  • Perform basic Trail maintenance and pick up litter on the Trail, at overnight sites, and at Trailhead parking areas
  • Assist visitors; including assistance in emergency-response incidents
  • Report unsafe conditions, misuse, and abuse of the A.T. and its overnight facilities
  • Assist, as needed, local maintaining Clubs with privy maintenance
  • Maintain a daily log, report to supervisors at the end of each work period, and submit a written report to ATC at the end of each field session
  • Maintain regular contact with field supervisors, Club volunteers, agency partners, and local officials
  • Regularly traverse steep and uneven terrain in all weather conditions, travelling upwards of fifteen miles daily, carrying as much as 50 lbs.

  • Commitment to Trail and resource protection efforts
  • Proven ability to work alone with minimal supervision
  • Excellent communication and education skills
  • Ability to interact with the public under stressful conditions
  • Extensive backpacking and winter backpacking experience

Physical Demands:

Work Environment:

To Apply:

Please submit a single pdf that consists of a resume, list of three references, and a cover letter. Cover letters should detail:

  • Why you are interested in becoming an ATC Ridgerunner
  • How you found out about this position
  • Location preference between Great Smoky Mountains National Park or Georgia
  • Previous seasonal or relevant work experience


Questions can be e-mailed to:
Chloë de Camara, ATC SORO Trail Education Specialist, [email protected]
Deadline to apply is October 25th, 2019

ATC Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

ATC encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness with all employees and volunteers to enable participation and contributions to their fullest potential. We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive organization, and recognize that diversity contributes to an effective and successful organizational culture and mission. The ATC prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and/or expression), national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, political affiliation, union membership, or any other status protected by the laws and regulations in the locations where we operate.

Position Type : Careers - Seasonal