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Appalachian Mountain Club

Actively Recruiting:
Yes

Position title :
White Mountain Trail Crew Project Development Coordinator

Town, City, Park, etc :
Gorham

State / Territory :
New Hampshire

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.

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.

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.

Position Description :

The Project Development Coordinator (PDC) serves as part of the seasonal senior leadership of the Professional Trail Crew and assists the Trail Supervisor with early season training of the trail crew. The PDC may also assist the crew during the patrol season. During the summer and fall months the PDC will work with the Trail Supervisor to scout trails and develop a database of the AMC maintained trails and trail deficiencies. The PDC will employ a mix of analog and digital tools to track, record, and log trail features and scouting notes. Analog and digital tools may include but are not limited to; paper/pen, GPS devices, Word, Power Point, Excel, and ArcGIS. The PDC will also be involved with on the ground trail projects; either working with the current trail crews and/or working on smaller or more remote projects where full crews aren’t needed or available.

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.

Job Duties :

Assist Trails Supervisor with current project implementation and future project development.

Assist the Trails Dept. with annual/seasonal duties (airlifts, opening, closing, etc.)

Assist the Trails Dept. with trails specific trainings, as needed.

Independently and cooperatively scout and perform trail assessments of AMC maintained trails.

Use available resources to track and create electronic-based trail assessment database.

Use available software and computers to develop database to streamline seasonal work outputs.

Assist Trails Supervisor to develop reasonable and accurate project work estimates with regards to a weekly timetable and potential volunteer support.

Assist Trails Supervisor with creation of master plan for trail work on AMC maintained trails.

Assist Trail Supervisor on further honing the AMC/ATC Capital Plan.

Actively work with the summer and fall trail crew, as needed.

Patrol AMC’s 350+ miles of trails to clear blowdowns, clean drainages, and check trail conditions.

Perform sign checking patrols, as needed.

Perform basic trail maintenance duties (corridor and blazing), as needed.

Perform 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.

Report trail conditions to the Trails Supervisor.

Document trail work and trail conditions via photographs and work reports, as needed.

Attend seasonal meetings, as needed.

Communicate frequently with Trail Supervisor.

Communicate and network with various land agencies/owners via multiple correspondence methods.

Perform trail maintenance in various and sometimes adverse weather conditions.

Perform trail maintenance in various terrain: riparian areas, steep and rugged spruce-fir forests, talus fields, alpine zones, etc.

Function well as a member of a tightly knit work crew.

Work in a professional and respectful manner with all other parts of the AMC.

Represent and support the efforts of the AMC in a professional and supportive manner to the public and cooperating agencies.

Requirements :

Must be a minimum of 18 years old by start date, no exceptions.

Ability and desire to live and work in the backcountry for extended periods of time.

Ability to work under varying conditions.

Ability to carry heavy loads (50+ lbs.) for long distances over rugged terrain.

Hand- and power-tool training and familiarity.

Commitment to backcountry stewardship and Leave No Trace ethics.

Commitment to professionalism.

Good judgment, communication, and problem-solving skills.

Familiarity with computers and various software/tools including but not limited to: word, excel, power point, ArcGIS.

Must have safe driving record and practices, subject to verification through a driver’s license history check.

Desired Skills:

Commitment to resource and trail protection efforts

Trail Work experience and knowledge

Hand- and power-tool training and familiarity

Wilderness First Aid certification or higher

Additional Benefits :

AMC Membership

30% Staff discount on AMC retail products

4 Free Nights per year at AMC Huts, Lodges, and other facilities while employed

Opportunity to work outdoors

Opportunity to gain trail work and conservation experience

Contact Information :

Zack Urgese

AMC White Mountains Trails Supervisor

PO Box 298

Gorham, NH 03581

603-466-8103

Additional Information :

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 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!