Berkshires Trails Programs
Ridgerunner- Appalachian Trail CT/MA
Appalachian Mountain Club
Southern New England Office
Berkshire Trails Program
Title: Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner (SW Mass. and Connecticut)
Job Dates: May 18 – August 21, 2015
Hiring Timeline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, starting in December. Interviews are held in January and February. Final notice is sent out by the end of March.
AMC Ridgerunners on the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut and the southern part of Massachusetts are a vital part of the management of the trail in these states. Ridgerunners live on the trail all summer, in ten-day shifts, hiking 8-15 miles per day and camping out at campsites along the way. Ridgerunners contact over 5,000 trail users annually, informing them of Leave No Trace principles, area regulations and trails, backpacking techniques, AT history, and management practices. Ridgerunners gather important information such as maintenance concerns and use patterns. They are the eyes and ears of the AT and the public face of the AMC.
Ridgerunners work ten days on with four days off, and weekend work is required. Duties include backpacking and camping, accurate collection of information including report writing, light trail maintenance, instructing Leave No Trace courses, and participation in volunteer trail work parties, among other duties. The position is from mid-May to late August and is a seasonal, non-exempt, hourly position reporting to the AMC Regional Trails Supervisor.
Housing will be provided at AMC’s Berkshire Office located at the Kellogg Conservation Center in South Egremont, MA. Shared canvas tents on tent platforms sit on the 99acre property which abuts the start/end of the route on the Appalachian Trail. Ridgerunners will have full access to the kitchen facilities, bathroom/showers, office library with WIFI, and vegetable garden. This housing is provided to the Ridgerunners free of charge.
Wage & Benefits
Questions and Additional Information
Alice P. Webber
Southern New England Trails Supervisor
P.O. Box 131
South Egremont, MA 01258
AMC has zero tolerance for the abuse of children. Any employee with access to children will have a criminal record check performed and have references checked regarding their past work with children.
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