Maine Trail Crew Volunteers

Summer 2020 Season


Maine Trail Crew Closure

Covid-19 (commonly referred to “coronavirus”) is a highly contagious respiratory virus has been diagnosed in all of the states along the Appalachian Trail, including Maine. Due to the high risk of spreading this illness in group settings the Maine Appalachian Trail Club has made the tough decision to discontinue the Maine Trail Crew, in 2020, to keep our staff and volunteers safe. We are concerned about the risk of spreading the virus when crew members travel together in vans, share housing, food, tools and privies. This is disappointing for MATC as an organization and for our many dedicated volunteers. Thank you for understanding. Please consider volunteering with the Maine Trail Crew in 2021. 

Dream of working on the Appalachian Trail in Maine?

Learn about this exceptional volunteer opportunity

Join the Maine Trail Crew and work on some of the most pristine, remote sections of Maine’s Appalachian Trail.  Help preserve this precious and wild resource for future generations of hikers.  An enthusiastic staff awaits your arrival and is looking forward to building trail with you.

Work, hike and live in some of the wildest places left in the Eastern U.S.  Projects focus on rebuilding and restoring heavily impacted sections of the Appalachian Trail.  Crews utilize Griphoist® rigging equipment, and hand tools to build stone steps, waterbars and retaining walls to repair the Appalachian Trail.

Persons of age 18 or older – of all backgrounds – are welcome.  Enthusiasm, good health, energy and adaptability are vital.  Willingness to follow instructions, comply with safety rules, and share camp chores is essential.  Experience helps, but we teach trail skills here.


  • Transportation to and from Bangor International Airport and Bus Terminals
  • Tents and packs are provided if needed
  • Housing and meals are provided, including off time between work sessions
  • Days off Housing is on an island in Branns Mill Pond, Dover Foxcroft, Maine.
  • Make new friends
  • Learn new trail skills
  • Lots of hiking on the Appalachian Trail and elsewhere
  • Build works in stone to last for the ages
  • Stay in mountain-side campsites
  • See Maine moose and hear the loons
  • Recreational trips to the mountains, ocean and lakes on days off
  • Receive a Maine Trail Crew T-shirt
  • Feel great about what you have done for the Appalachian Trail.

Time Frame:  You are welcome to join us for one or more weeks!  Sorry, no pets are allowed.  Work includes weekends.

To Reserve your space, request an application:

Email (preferred)

Phone: 207-518-1779

Address: Maine Appalachian Trail Club, P.O. Box 7564, Portland, ME  04112

Summer 2020 Projects Brochure DOWNLOAD

Building Bog Bridges

Come join us and cool off in some of Maine’s most beautiful lakes and streams after a hard day of work. Share your camp with the resident moose population and fall asleep to a loon’s enchanting serenade. Experience the Maine summer at its best! The Maine Trail Crew base camp is on an island in the town of Dover-Foxcroft. The crew stays in wall tents when they are not on the AT. The camp building has a common area for meetings and meals.

Weekly trail crew season runs from June through early August, Saturday to Wednesday, to allow members of the MATC to work with the crew on weekends.

Crew off-days, Thursday and Friday, are for recreation, preparations for the next work week, and rest. The Maine Trail Crew works on heavy-duty trail construction and reconstruction projects from Grafton Notch to Katahdin in Maine, some of the most rugged and remote terrain on the entire Appalachian Trail.

On recent projects, the Maine Trail Crew has constructed rock steps and waterbars on the south sides of Saddleback and Barren Mountains; installed hundreds of feet of cedar bog bridges near Gulf Hagas; quarried, cut, and placed more than 100 rock steps on the Hunt (Appalachian) Trail near Katahdin; dug new sidehill trail in Horseshoe Canyon; and created a safer ascent out of (or descent into) Orbeton Stream Canyon with 40 rock steps, including three carved into bedrock with the power drill.

Multiple goals of The Maine Trail Crew’s program’s are:

  1. to teach and accomplish quality tread way construction and repair on the AT in Maine
  2. to supplement the ongoing efforts of maintainers and volunteers on the AT in Maine
  3. to improve and build the trail-repair skills of the crew
    participants and MATC volunteers.

Building Bog Bridges