New England Stewardship Assistant

Feb 15, 2018, 14:05 PM
Location : Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine
Department : Conservation
Supervisor : Alison Scheiderer
Type : Seasonal
Position Summary:

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is hiring a New England Stewardship Assistant to support the stewardship programs of Appalachian Trail maintaining clubs in New England from April to October.  The Stewardship Assistant will monitor, maintain, and recover surveyed exterior corridor boundaries of lands that were acquired to protect the Appalachian Trail and monitor NPS- held AT corridor easements. They will work to mitigate encroachments encountered according to the protocols established by ATC and our land managing partners and will may perform other corridor stewardship duties. The Stewardship Assistant will work closely with ATC regional and seasonal staff, trail club leaders, and volunteer groups in course of their work. Fieldwork is the primary function of this position.  Fieldwork will occur along the Appalachian Trail corridor in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Works closely with trail maintaining club volunteers and other ATC staff to repaint Appalachian Trail corridor boundary lines, post U.S. boundary signs, monitor surveyors’ monuments, and clear lines of sight along these boundary lines with hand tools

Documents and follows protocol for minor, moderate and severe encroachments

Maintains organized field work files with detailed attention to data entry

Monitors easements and communicates with landowners according to ATC Corridor Stewardship program protocol

Collaborates with ATC regional and field staff in program and project planning

Collaborates with Trail Clubs and supervisor to train, support, and manage corridor stewardship volunteers and to coordinate volunteer opportunities

Schedules and completes field projects; including logistics, pre-field preparation, and post-field reporting in collaboration with staff and volunteers

Travels to and from work sites, keeps detailed work log, tent camps at or near work sites as appropriate

Maintains regular communication with supervisor and Trail clubs      

Organizes, inventories, and maintains tools, supplies, ATC vehicle, and other field equipment

Generates 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 preferred

Experience on and/or leading trail or other outdoor conservation work crews or other experience in environmental education

Strong backcountry travel skills

Familiarity with technological operations, including Microsoft Office suite, handheld GPS units, and ESRI ArcGIS mapping software

Strong oral and written communication skills

Experience leading volunteers

Familiarity with the Appalachian Trail, hikers, and conservation volunteerism

Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a field and office setting with staff and volunteers

Self-motivated person who works well in an environment with limited supervision

Excellent organizational, analytical, and critical thinking skills

Experience and passion for working with volunteers and the outdoors

Familiarity with reading and interpreting maps, property deeds, and surveys. Comfort with land records research.

Proficiency with identifying trees common to northern New England

Strong familiarity with the principles of Leave No Trace outdoor ethics – Leave No Trace Trainer or Master Educator desired

Current Wilderness First Aid certification required before first date of employment

Valid driver’s license with no restrictions

Experience using and maintaining hand tools and power equipment

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 public

Overnight travel, evening, and weekend work required

Work Environment:

Rigorous outdoor work environment along the Appalachian Trail with exposure to ticks and pests, as well as extreme and varied weather conditions

Independent, field-based work environment with administrative duties

Requires work in an office setting using computers and office equipment

To Apply:

To apply please email a cover letter and resume [email protected]. All resumes should be titled as “Last Name_First Name.”  Please include “New England Corridor Stewardship Assistant” and your name in the email subject line. If you have questions about the position, please send an email to [email protected] Positions will remain open until filled, however preference will be given to applications received by February 26th.



Personal vehicle mileage is reimbursed at the federal rate

Food expenses are reimbursed up to $30/ day

Any camping fees incurred are reimbursed

No health benefits are available with this position

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