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Appalachian Mountain Club
Position title :Trail Crew Leader- White Mountain Professional Trail Crew
Deadline to apply :Applications accepted on rolling basis
Start Date :05/17/2021
End Date :10/22/2021
Town, City, Park, etc :White Mountain National Forest
State / Territory :New Hampshire
Benefits :Housing – Primarily Camping
Project/Program Focus :Trails
Organization/Program Description :
Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
Position Description :
The AMC White Mountain Trail Crew, established in 1919, is one of the oldest professional trail crews in the United States. Focusing primarily on heavy reconstruction of hiking trails in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Western Maine, trail crews work to protect and restore natural resources and the environment through high quality trail work.
After training and early season trail clearing, the leader will coordinate and support a 3 to 6-person crew that is made up of conservation-minded and energetic people with diverse backgrounds crews, spending five days each week working on reconstruction projects. Crews pack in all tools, food, and equipment needed for camp and work. This position offers a unique opportunity to live in the backcountry of the White Mountains while working in remote sections alongside fellow crew members.
The crew is based at AMC’s Camp Dodge Trails Center where housing is provided when the crew is not working in the woods. Food, tools, and group camping equipment are provided. Hours vary within a 40-hour work week.
The AMC is a member of the 21 Century Conservation Corps and is a proud partner of The Corps Network. The Corps Network is the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps. The AMC is one of 130 Corps across the country that provides young adults and veterans the opportunity to serve our country through projects on public lands and in rural and urban communities.
The Appalachian Mountain Club has zero tolerance for child abuse or placing children in danger. The AMC requires all employees who work in a program or facility which serves children, disabled persons or the elderly to have a criminal background record check performed on their name annually with employment contingent upon satisfactory results.
The Appalachian Mountain Club values diversity, equity and inclusion. We are working to create a team that is representative of the student populations that we serve and thus welcome hardworking individuals from all backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities.
AMC welcomes all candidates to apply and we invite the full participation of all individuals currently underrepresented in the outdoor community. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals from racially and or ethnically diverse communities, individuals with disabilities, individuals from LGBTQ+ communities, and individuals who experience intersectionality with one or more of these identities.
The AMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in the workplace. The AMC encourages the involvement of all people in its mission and activities, through its membership, programs, policies and procedures. Our goal is to be a community that is comfortable, inviting and accessible for people of any age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. Join us!
Job Duties :
Coordinate and support a crew of 3 to 6 trail crew members to ensure a safe working environment and quality trail work in the field
· Perform basic trail maintenance as well as heavy reconstructive trail work including but not limited to: trail relocation, tread hardening, rock construction (waterbars and staircases), timber structures (bog bridges and waterbars), and new trail construction
· Patrol AMC’s 350+ miles of hiking trails to clear blowdowns, clean drainages, and check trail conditions
· Foster a spirit of cooperation, safety, teamwork, and responsible stewardship
· Plan menus, order food, and assist in the preparation of backcountry meals for the crew
· Serve as the primary responder/coordinator in the event of a backcountry emergency
· Emphasize safety and low-impact camping methods in the backcountry
· Communicate regularly with Trails Program staff to obtain feedback and suggestions
· Assist with maintenance of tools and equipment, and program facility as needed
· Ability to drive AMC passenger vehicles and pickup trucks
· Represent and support the efforts of the AMC in a professional and supportive manner to the public and cooperating agencies
Demonstrated desire to learn and develop skills relating to leadership, trail work, and conservation
· Experience backpacking, or spending extended periods of time outdoors and in adverse conditions
· Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds
· Ability to set goals, prioritize tasks, assign roles to a group, assess needs and manage tasks simultaneously
· Strong self-motivation and communication skills
· Ability to carry heavy loads (50+ lbs.) for long distances over rugged terrain
· Must be at least 21 years of age and hold a valid driver’s license and clear driving record required (driving record check will be performed)
· Clear criminal background check (performed by AMC Human Resources Dept.)