Appalachian Trail in Maine - Seasonal Paid and Volunteer Positions

Maine Appalachian Trail Club Appalachian Trail, Maine
Job Type Seasonal / temporary

Explore 2019 Seasonal Job Opportunities:

The Field Coordinator (April 1 - Sept. 28): will provide leadership and coordinate multiple trail crews working on the Appalachian Trail in Maine.  Duties will include making plans for the summer season, teaching trail skills to program staff and volunteers, joining the crews on the trail, making inventories of trail conditions, submitting reports, and maintaining housing facilities/equipment. $19.50/hour group housing and food is available.

Trail Crew Leaders & Assistant Leaders (May 18th–August 24th): Will supervise, lead and teach volunteer trail crews on the Appalachian Trail at back country sites. $16.50/hour ($12/hour for Assistants), plus training, meals and lodging.

Trail Crew Camp Coordinator (May 18th–August 24th): Will support the operation of volunteer trail crews by planning and preparing meals, purchasing food, maintaining base camp facility, recruiting volunteers, assisting with transportation, and arranging leisure time opportunities. $16.50/hour plus meals and lodging.

Trail Crew Interns (May 18th–August 24th): Interns will participate in most aspects of managing the volunteer trail crews and learn trail building and backcountry camping skills. Projects will include building stone steps, waterbars, retaining walls and trail relocations along the Appalachian Trail.  $200/week plus meals and lodging.

Ridgerunners (May 18th–October 20th): Will live in work at back country Appalachian Trail sites. They will meet and educate hikers on the Trail, impart Leave No Trace information, provide summit stewardhsip and maintain camping sites. $14–$16/hour, as well as housing assistance and some backpacking and camping gear for the season.

Volunteer Positions - sign up with the Maine Trail Crew!

Volunteers who join the Maine Trail Crew will work and camp at pristine, remote sections of Maine’s Appalachian Trail and help preserve this precious resource for future generations of hikers. 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:  June 22 to August 22, 2019– Volunteers 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:





To apply to the Maine Trail Crew (the Field Coordinator, Trail Crew Leader, Assistant Leader, Camp Coordinator or Intern positions), email your cover letter, resume and 3 references to Lester Kenway, Preference will be given to those applying by January 31st.

To apply for a Ridgerunner position: submit a letter, resume and references by email (“MATC Ridgerunners” in subject line) to  Preference will be given to those applying by 1/15/19.

Sorry no pets allowed at any of our seasonal positions.

MATC is an equal opportunity employer.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.
 The Maine Appalachian Trail Club manages and maintains 267 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Maine.. Uploaded by Maine Appalachian Trail Club
The Maine Appalachian Trail Club manages and maintains 267 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Maine.. Uploaded by Maine Appalachian Trail Club