Four positions available for a 6-week full-time season, from June 1 through mid-July. Fieldwork will occur along the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. The team consists of 3 field technicians and 1 crew leader.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to protect, manage, and advocate for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Our vision is that the Appalachian Trail and its surrounding landscape are protected forever for all to enjoy. We believe everyone should have the opportunity for life-changing discovery on the Appalachian Trail.

Field Tech Position Summary

The Visual Resource Inventory process is used to identify scenic quality and importance for views within and extending beyond the Appalachian Trail (A.T).

Field techs will work with a core team of agency staff, Appalachian Trail Conservancy staff, and trained volunteers to complete a detailed visual resource inventory of all A.T. viewpoints in New Jersey and Maryland. This work will require hiking to designated viewpoints and collecting data using the National Park Service Enjoy the View protocol. Fieldwork trips may require multi-day front-country camping. Techs will also be responsible for uploading, organizing, and performing quality checks on data.

Employees are required to fulfill standard operating procedures intended to minimize the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Work in a close partnership team with the other Visual Resource Inventory Technicians, the Visual Resource Inventory Project Manager, and volunteers
Become proficient in fieldwork and data recording protocols
Perform fieldwork cataloguing the A.T. views in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland
Regularly use technology including a GPS, mirrorless camera with manual functions, compass, scanner, and computer
Assure the quality and organization of detailed monitoring data
Travel to and from work sites, camping at or near work sites as appropriate (some gear may be provided as needed)
Organize, inventory, and maintain tools, supplies and equipment
Assist with volunteer training and instruction
Collaborate with ATC staff, volunteer clubs, and partner organizations in project planning, development, and reporting
Some long days may be required
Due to weather conditions, techs work between 25 and 40 hours per week
Other duties as assigned

Crew Leader Position Summary

Crew leader functions as a member of the field team, with all the duties and responsibilities of the technicians, plus:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

All duties and responsibilities listed for Technician above, plus:
Take responsibility for ensuring all equipment is in good working order before heading out to the field
Keeps in frequent contact with Project Manager when PM is off-site
Other duties as assigned
6-week field season with the possibility of a 4-week extension

Tagged as: Conservation, Crew, Research/Science and Technical


Demonstrated ability of exceptional attention to detail and ability to follow protocols and workflows
Ability to work as a part of a team, with rotating responsibilities
Possess excellent communication or instructional skills
Ability to work without direct supervision while encouraging cooperation among a crew
Education and/or experience managing data
Education and/or experience in any of the following: conservation, resource management, recreation, environment

Required Skills:

Education and/or knowledge of art and/or photography
Willingness to work and camp in backcountry setting under challenging weather conditions
Understanding and practice of Leave No Trace Principles
Familiarity and experience using GPS technology
Familiarity with ArcGIS software desired
Familiarity and experience using mirrorless camera with manual functions desired
Valid driver’s license with no restrictions
COVID-19 vaccination will be required for this position as a condition of employment.

About Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Our Mission
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to protect, manage, and advocate for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
Our Vision
The Appalachian Trail and its surrounding landscape are protected forever for all to enjoy.

Application Instructions

To Apply: Please submit an application including a resume, list of three references and a cover letter. Preference will be given to those who apply on or before April 10th. Please indicate which position you are most interested in. Use this link to apply through our ADP portal: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=308869eb-4bf3-4360-a0b8-b26c926a5f77&ccId=9200073281933_2&jobId=437380&lang=en_US&source=CC4