Trail and Campsite Maintainer Vacancies
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.
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.
KATAHDIN DISTRICT OVERSEER
Rick Ste. Croix
WHITE CAP DISTRICT OVERSEER
P.O. Box 403 Monson, Maine 04464
AT section from Summit of West Peak to Summit of Gulf Hagas Mountain. This section also includes the Sidney Tappan Campsite. Distance is 1.8 miles, including a climb from the campsite to West Peak (750 feet elevation change) and from the campsite to Gulf Hagas Mountain (250 feet elevation change). A maintainer trail can be accessed by a high clearance vehicle from the Frenchtown Road or by the Katahdin Ironworks Road. In either case, you must also pass through an AMC gate. Katahdin Ironworkds gate access is free. The trail is in excellent shape.
East Branch of the Pleasant River to the Yoke Ponds Camp Trail. Distance of 2.2 miles. Includes a marked spring and the outlet of Mountain View Pond. Fairly flat section except for the rise of about 500 feet from the East Branch up the shoulder of Big Boardman Mountain. Access is vial the Yoke Pond Camps trail which is roughly 0.5 miles long. Section is in good shape having had regular maintenance.
- A.T. section starting at the Junction of the Gulf Hagas Cut- off Trail North to the Junction of the AT with a maintainer trail on Gulf Hagas Mountain. Total distance 2.2 miles. The total elevation gain for the section is about 500 feet but has no radical hills. Access is via the maintainers trail from AMC lands. The section is in good shape and is currently being maintained through the end of 2018. The new maintainer will be starting in the spring of 2019.
- A.T. section starting at the East Branch of the Pleasant River to S. Branch of the West Branch Ponds Rd. Total distance about 2.3 miles. Includes the East Branch Lean-to. The total elevation gain for the section is maybe 250 feet over the 2 miles making it about as flat a section you can find in the Whitecap district. Access is via logging road to one end of the section. This section is currently being maintained so is in good shape. The privy at the lean-to is scheduled for replacement with a new composting privy in 2019.
KENNEBEC DISTRICT OVERSEER
P.O. Box 128 Caratunk, Maine 04925
Phone (207) 672-4983
This beautiful section of the Appalachian Trail begins at the Baker Stream crossing and heads northeast toward Moxie Bald. The Trail passes thru beautiful stands of conifer and mixed hardwood forest.
This section will need regular attention as it gets occasional winter damage and, of course, the ever present brush growth. Erosion and other water issues are not generally an issue on this section. Applicants should be willing to commit to making at least 3 trips per season: spring, summer, and fall to clear blow downs, clip brush, and refresh the white blazes as needed.
Access is simple as parking is available on Troutdale Road or in an AT parking lot at the northeast end of the section.
Section: Baker Stream south to the AT Road
End Points: Baker Stream at Troutdale Road & the AT Road
Distance: approximately 2.9 miles
Access: The Troutdale Road and the AT Road are excellent logging roads that provide access to the end points.
BIGELOW DISTRICT OVERSEER
284 Ramsdell Rd. Farmington, ME 04938
Phone: (207) 778-0870
BALDPATE DISTRICT OVERSEER
37 River Road Richmond, ME 04357
Phone (207) 841-8335
- Lower Dunn Falls to Frye Notch Side Trail:This first section is a special place. Due to the remote nature, it is best if the club could have a dedicated maintainer for the trail section and one for the Campsite and Lean-to.
This trail section is 4.3 miles long (with a 0.8 mile approach = 10.2 RT) and runs from the crossing of Lower Dunn Notch Falls to the old Frye Brook Side Trail. It rises out of the notch over the long northern ridge of Surplus Mtn and then down into Frye Notch.
Note: That Frye Notch side trail is notmaintained by our club but it can be used to access the Lean-to without going over Surplus Mtn.
Incentives you say? Wait there’s more!
As a maintainer you will enjoy the opportunity to work with wood and shrubs. You may move inanimate objects with your bare hands (*actually gloves are required). Annual blowdown removal and annual brush growth are the bane of your existence, yes. But your mileage may vary year in, year out and as you become familiar with your section you will begin to better anticipate its needs each coming season.
But you will have options to either attack the issue with chainsaw (certificate required – training provided) or hand saw and axe. You will lop the annual growth with clippers, dig out waterbars with shovels or grub hoe. You will also provide necessary blood meals for the local insect populations. You will display your scars with pride at the company BBQ. And because you are voluntarily giving your sweat and your blood for this cause, you will smile and you will have pride. Welcome to the few, the proud, the sweaty. Welcome to the MATC!
Successful candidates will need to be in good physical condition and capable of hiking 10 miles with up to 30 lbs on your back for the trail section. Either assignment is committing and will require individuals that can commit to at least 2 visits a year on the trail.
- Frye Notch Campsite: Campsite maintenance includes the lean-to, privy, and tent sites. Here’s a tip sheet that covers campsite maintainer duties to get an idea of what is involved.
Laura Flight will be your point person for Campsite Management, please contact her if you are interested at email@example.com.
Successful candidates will need to be in good physical condition and capable of hiking 10 miles with up to 30 lbs on your back (when hauling shavings in the future).
I would recommend 3 visits per year minimum for the current privy and lean-to campsite.
There are a couple of other ways to access the Campsite and we will familiarize you with the all the potential access points.
- 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 toEast 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
- 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.