Trail and Campsite Maintainer Vacancies


 

Requirements

To receive an MATC trail maintenance section, you must be a member of MATC, with trail maintenance skills.
These can be learned by joining MATC or the Maine Trail Crew worktrips or attending the MATC trail maintenance workshop.

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Contact the District Overseer for more information or to apply for a Maintainer position

Current Maintainer Vacancies

 

Anyone interested in these assignments may apply by sending a letter or email of application to the listed District Overseer stating any previous trail maintenance experience. Applicants should be willing to commit to making at least 3 trips per season, Spring, Summer and Fall to clear water bars and blow downs, do annual brush clipping as needed and blazing every few years. Just three tools are needed on most maintenance trips, a small handsaw, hand clippers and a short hand hoe.

District
Vacancies

KATAHDIN DISTRICT OVERSEER

Rick Ste. Croix
ricknrachel@roadrunner.com

  • ALL VACANCIES ARE FILLED

WHITE CAP DISTRICT OVERSEER

Dick Welsh

P.O. Box 403 Monson, Maine 04464

Phone (508-954-1235)
whitecap@matc.org

 

  • AT section from Summit of West Peak to Summit of Gulf Hagas Mountain. The total distance is 1.8 miles. Access is from the Sidney Tappan campsite. There is a climb from the campsite to West Peak (750 feet elevation change) and from the campsite to Gulf Hagas Mountain (250 feet elevation change). The trail is in good shape since the trail crew used it in 2019.
  • Sidney Tappan Campsite. This campsite does not have a lean-to. It is tent sites only. It will have a new composting privy in 2020. It is in good shape since it was used by the trail crew in 2019. This campsite is easily combined with the above trail section but can be maintained separately. Here is a list of campsite maintenance tasks, excluding lean-tos in this case.
  • A.T. section starting at Little Wilson falls south to the North Pond Tote Road. Total distance 2.4 miles. The total elevation gain for the section is about 700 feet. The section has no major hills but does go up and down a series of small ridges. It is in good shape having been cleared in September of 2019 but does need some trimming in places.
  • A.T. section starting at the Leeman Brook Lean-to south to the parking lot on Route 15 in Monson. Total distance is 3.0 miles. The total elevation gain for this section is about 1000 feet. It has two small hills. The section is in good shape having been maintained through the 2019 season.

KENNEBEC DISTRICT OVERSEER

Craig Dickstein

P.O. Box 128 Caratunk, Maine 04925
Phone (207) 672-4983
kennebec@matc.org

  • Bald Mtn Brook campsite & Bald Mtn Brook lean-to (posted 7/29/19)This opportunity includes two adjacent facilities: the lean-to (with tent sites) and the campsite (approx. 0.2 miles from the lean-to).  Each has a pit privy, water source, and fireplace.  While these could be split into two assignments, the ease of access and proximity suggests that a single maintainer could handle both.Access is approx. 0.2 mile walk from the AT Road which crosses the AT. This is a great location for someone who wants to get involved, but may feel that they are not a strong enough hiker to adopt a strenuous Trail section or difficult campsite access.Responsibilities include:
    • maintaining the access trails at the campsite
    • cleaning the official fire ring and dismantling illegal fire rings
    • removing trash
    • keeping the lean-to sill logs clear of debris
    • ensure the water source is reliable and accessible
    • perform required maintenance of the pit privies
    • maintain a hiker register
    • maintain campsite signs.

BIGELOW DISTRICT OVERSEER

Dick Fecteau

284 Ramsdell Rd. Farmington, ME 04938
Phone: (207) 778-0870
rfecteau@midmaine.com

  • ALL VACANCIES ARE FILLED
 

BALDPATE DISTRICT OVERSEER

Mike Ewing

37 River Road Richmond, ME 04357

Phone (207) 841-8335
swango.mike@yahoo.com

  • Sawyer Notch Road to Summit of Moody Mountain: This section is 1.4 miles long but it rises 1200 feet in that span. It is a mix of boulders and spruce fir with some patched of hardwoods. Annual clipping and blowdowns are the typical maintenance tasks. 2 visits minimum.Access is via a woods road (most Subarus can make it) and a short 1+ mile walk to the AT crossing. Sawyer does have a notorious reputation. You can become one with the wild side of the AT maintaining this section of the AT in Maine.Eligible candidate must be in good physical condition and capable of carrying 30 lbs 5-6 miles up the trail and with 1200+ feet of elevation gain.
  • Grafton Loop Trail, Kelliher Road to Summit of Long Mountain:This section starts at the end of a woods rd and climbs 3 miles through mixed hardwoods gradually emerging into a more spruce dominant forest near the 3000’ summit ridge.  Blowdowns and lopping are the primary tasks and there are a few waterbars and drains to maintain.Access is via the Branch Rd in Newry to the so-called Skyline Drive to the Kelliher Road.Eligible candidates should be in good physical condition and be prepared to do at least 2 visits per year.
  • Grafton Loop Trail, Long Mountain to East Branch Wight Brook/Wight Brook to Lane Campsite/Lane Campsite to East Baldpate Campsite:This section is complicated. It consists of 3 formerly separate sections 2.6/1.1/1.8 miles respectively for a total of 5.5 miles total length but has the 3 mile approach from Kelliher Rd for RT of 17 miles. I recommend this section for a group of individuals interested in staying overnite to remove blowdowns and annual growth etc. Due to the long ‘commute’ I would feel OK with a group going in twice a year for a 2-3 night stay, working the Lane and Town Corner campsites and privies and the sections in between. From Lane to East Baldpate it is known to be very brushy.Would consider other options like rotating group of Camps or Outdoor Organizations as well as providing a tool cache at the Lane Campsite so it could serve as a base camp for interested groups.

CORRIDOR MONITORING ASSIGNMENTS

David Field, MATC Overseer of Lands
Phone: (207) 862-3674
meeser3@roadrunner.com

  • Corridor Monitor Assignments Available. There are still some great opportunities for becoming involved in this relatively new, exciting aspect of caring for the Appalachian Trail in Maine.  Click this link for a list of available assignments, information about corridor monitoring and field training sessions.