The intern will be enmeshed in the day-to-day operations of the volunteer trail crew program and be able to provide their perspective, educational expertise, and analytical thought to ways of modernizing and improving the current program. The intern will be able to recommend meaningful improvements to enhance the structure of operations so that it is resilient to cultural and climate changes. The intern will be expected to participate as a member of the field-based operations of the volunteer trail crew program, make observations of the human dynamics of the crew, offer recommendations for meaningful improvements, and support annual reporting of crew accomplishments.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Draw observations of the experience (for themselves and by others), and submit a weekly journal to the supervisor based on the following aspects:
Evaluate balance of productivity with the cultivation of human engagement
Understand how crew sessions which last 5-8 days fit and interact with the schedules of participants.
Evaluate efficiencies that may reduce the carbon-footprint of this program.
Identify aspects of operations to be retained or altered for improvement to best reflect ATC’s interest in inclusive and equitable work.
Analyze survey data that includes past and current crew participants centered on motivations, obstacles, scheduling, and other recommendations.
Create a presentation on the final findings and recommendations to the ATC Trail Operations Leadership team to assist in future restructuring of the crew program for years to come.
Participate in hands-on-trail rehabilitation and construction tasks which contribute to sustainability and climate change initiatives.
Support the development of annual crew program reports that highlight project accomplishments, volunteer hours, and demographics.
Mentoring and guidance will be offered by ATC program managers, as well as trail crew staff on all facets of program administration, trail crew operations, risk management, volunteer management, etc.

Duration: 4.5 months, with option to extend term with additional responsibilities
Status: Unpaid internship with stipend for travel, food and housing
Stipend Amount: $5,000

Tagged as: Camp Staff, Conservation, Crew, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders


Currently pursuing a degree in outdoor recreation, nonprofit management, sociology, natural resource management, or other related fields.
Ability to perform manual labor outdoors, experience in hiking or backpacking.
A go-getter with the ability to deliver a high-quality work product.
Organized and goal-oriented.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
Motivated team player with strong interpersonal, organizational, time management, and problem-solving

About Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to protect, manage, and advocate for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Application Instructions

Submit a letter of interest, resume, and a brief (2-3 page) writing sample to [email protected]. Writing samples can be of any style/on any platform. Questions about the position can be sent to the same email address.