The Hut Naturalist is a unique position, which is responsible for both leading the environmental education and research efforts of a backcountry hiking lodge and contributing to the operation of the hut as a full-service, overnight facility for guests.
As the educational leader of the hut, the Naturalist is responsible for connecting visitors with the environmental resources and history of the land surrounding their hut. This goal is primarily fulfilled through the researching, developing, and leading of on-site interpretive programs for hut guests and visitors. Daily responsibilities also include advertising programs, keeping records, and broadly fueling visitors’ curiosities. The Naturalist will also conduct ongoing plant phenology data collection to support AMC research investigating the ecological impacts of climate change. Environmental education and experience is strongly preferred. Trainings on local ecology, interpretive program development, and plant phenology research will be provided to Naturalists before the season begins.
As part of hut crew, the Hut Naturalist also performs regular hut operational duties – including packing food to the hut, cleaning, assisting with morning and evening meal service, and occasionally leading meal preparation – alongside the rest of the hut crew. All hut positions require excellent guest service skills, backcountry experience, and a commitment to the goals of AMC. Applicants should be able to carry 40 pounds or more over rugged terrain. The standard work schedule is 11 days at the hut and 3 days off. The starting wage is $8.85/hour, with 96 hours worked over the 14 day pay-period. Daily assignments (packing, cleaning, morning and evening support, interpretive programs) are all shared and will be organized by the resident Hutmaster (onsite manager).
- Due to hours worked, applicants must be at least 18 years of age
- Program development, interpretation, presentation, and/or public speaking experience
- Demonstrated interest in field of environmental education, preferred
- Degree (or working towards degree) with course work in Environmental Studies, Natural Sciences, or Environmental Education preferred
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
- Friendly, outgoing manner and commitment to public service
About Appalachian Mountain Club
At AMC, connecting you to the freedom and exhilaration of the outdoors is our calling. We invite and help people of all ages and abilities to explore and develop a deep appreciation of the natural world. AMC helps you get outdoors on your own, with family and friends, and through activities close to home and beyond. With chapters from Maine to Washington, D.C., including groups in Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia, you can enjoy activities like hiking, paddling, cycling, and skiing, and learn new outdoor skills. We offer advice, guidebooks, maps, and unique lodges and huts to inspire your next outing. You will also have the opportunity to support our conservation advocacy and research, youth programming, and work maintaining 1,800 miles of trails. We invite you to join us in the outdoors.