Employment

Put your passion for the Appalachian Trail to work!

Apply for summer Trail Crew and Ridgerunner jobs in Maine
and make friendships that will last a lifetime.

All of Maine Appalachian Trail Club’s Ridgerunner and Trail Crew positions require compliance with a COVID-19 safety plan. Sorry, no pets allowed. All positions will camp at backcountry sites during work days and some gear will be provided. Food will be on your own. Trail Crew employees will enjoy day-off housing at our base camp, in Dover-Foxcroft, ME. Whereas, Ridgerunners will receive a day-off housing stipend and day-off housing will be arranged individually (on your own).

To Apply

  • Submit a cover letter, resume and references by email (indicate which position you are applying for in the subject line) to matcjobs@matc.org.  
  • Preference will be given to those applying by 1/31/21.
  • MATC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

2021 Summer/Fall Positions


Maine Trail Crew – Members

All positions have been filled

Dates: May 1 to October 1, 2021

Rate of Pay: $17/hour

Maine Trail Crew Members will be an integral part of a small team camping on the Appalachian Trail and reconstructing targeted trail sections. Work will involve building stone steps, waterbars, retaining walls and other erosion control structures. Advanced training with stone cutting, stone work, rigging systems and other trail work will be taught as well as training in CPR/ First-aid. Sorry, no pets allowed.

Qualifications: 

  • At least one season of outdoor trail work
  • Backcountry backpacking, camping and cooking experience
  • Good health and physical fitness and ability to hike long distances in mountain terrain
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Ability to live and work with others 
  • Ability to maintain a safe work environment under challenging conditions

MATC Ridgerunners

Appalachian Trail – Ridgerunner Positions
All positions filled

Dates: May 19 – October 17, 2021

Rate of Pay: $16.50 to 17.50/hour

Ridgerunner Sites: Gulf Hagas Preserve, Bigelow and Saddleback Mountains

Ridgerunners will meet, greet, register and educate hikers on the Appalachian Trail. They will impart Leave No Trace knowledge, skills and ethics focusing on youth groups and distance backpackers, for example: where to camp, how to protect water sources, ford a stream and minimize fire impacts. Ridgerunners will provide education about rare alpine plants and stewardship on summits and ridge lines. They will manage campsites and provide light maintenance. Personal transportation is required to get to assigned trail heads.

Qualifications:

  • Background in Leave No Trace knowledge, skills and ethics
  • Comfort with primitive, solitary, outdoor living and working conditions
  • Good physical condition – able to hike with a 40 lb. backpack
  • Public/customer service skills, professional appearance and attitude
  • Good communication skills (including oral, by phone, and written)
  • Wiliness to work in unfavorable weather conditions
  • Long-distance hiking experience

Maine Trail Crew

Maine Trail Crew – Field Coordinator
Position filled

Dates: April 15 to October 15, 2021

Rate of Pay: $21/hour

The Field Coordinator will be responsible for trail crews (two teams of 4 people) working on the Appalachian Trail at backcountry locations. Duties include organizing pre and post season logistics, teaching skills, leading crews in the field, making inventories of trail conditions, and submitting reports. The Field Coordinator will train and supervise crew members in trail design, construction, reconstruction, maintenance and backcountry camping. Trail work will involve: stone steps, waterbars, other erosion control structures and rigging systems. The Field Coordinator will ensure safe and sanitary conditions at campsites and worksites, transport crews, and respond to emergencies.  CPR/First aid training will be provided.

Qualifications: 

  • Two or more seasons working on New England trails
  • Backcountry backpacking, camping and cooking experience
  • Good health, physical fitness and able to hike long distances in mountain terrain
  • Experience building stone structures and using Griphoist equipment
  • Experience in the field with GPS – will train if necessary
  • Leadership skills – can provide oversight for two trail crews at multiple sites, teach skills, motivate others, maintain a safe and enjoyable work environment under challenging conditions, and monitor progress, quality and quantity of trail work
  • Good organization and record keeping skills and with computers, Google Suite, Excel spreadsheets and MS Word
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Able to work without direct supervision

Maine Trail Crew – Leader and Assistant Leaders
All positions filled

Dates: May 1 – October 1, 2021

Rate of Pay: Crew Leader – $19/hour, Assistant Leaders – $18/hour

Assistant Leaders will be responsible for assisting the Crew Leaders with the duties and responsibilities described below. They may have less experience, but generally should have the skills described for Crew Leaders.

Crew Leaders will lead a 4-person trail crew on foot, over rough terrain and for long distances while carrying equipment in all types of weather. They will train crew members in trail design, construction, reconstruction, maintenance and back country camping. The crew will build stone steps, waterbars and other erosion control structures. Crew leaders will ensure safe and sanitary conditions at campsites and worksites, transport crews safely, and respond appropriately to emergencies.  They will follow the direction of supervisors with respect to duties, logistics, timetables and projects. Advanced training with stone cutting, stone work, rigging systems and other trail work will be provided as well as training with CPR/First aid and leadership.

Qualifications: 

  • One or more seasons of trail work experience in an outdoor leadership role
  • Backcountry backpacking, camping and cooking experience.
  • Good health, physical fitness and able to hike long distances in mountain terrain
  • Leadership skills – able to take responsibility for all aspects of a trail crew, teach skills, motivate others, maintain a safe and enjoyable work environment under challenging conditions
  • Good organization and record keeping skills
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Able to work without direct supervision