Maine Field Coordinator (Revised Position, Open until filled)

Location : Farmington, ME
Department : Conservation
Supervisor : Claire Polfus Maine Conservation Resources Manager
Type : Seasonal

Our Mission

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.


Position Summary

The Maine Field Coordinator serves as the support staff for field-based trail and conservation stewardship efforts on the Appalachian Trail in Maine. The Maine Field Coordinator works primarily in the field with ATC staff and trail club volunteers combined with some administrative duties. Start and end dates are flexible between mid-May through mid-October. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  

Project Support

Serves as a field representative in the state, coordinates closely with the local A.T. volunteer management club, the Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC), to ensure ATC and NPS standards are achieved, and provides logistical support and technical expertise as necessary.  The position: 

  • Supports MATC volunteers in planning trail work projects including but not limited to trail construction, repair and rehabilitation, and relocations
  • Reviews federally-funded work projects performed by local partners to provide guidance and ensure maintenance standards are achieved
  • Coordinates and executes fieldwork for a comprehensive  campsite inventory project
  • Serves as primary field technician for Maine-wide Appalachian Trail hazard tree assessment project
  • Other duties as assigned 

Program Support

Supports core ATC and NPS programs.  These include, but are not limited to:

  • A.T exterior corridor boundary monitoring, maintenance, encroachment mitigation, and volunteer coordination
  • Trail asset inventory and data collection efforts
  • Other duties as assigned

     

    Administrative

  • Assists ATC regional staff in program and project planning, development, and reporting
  • Attends local and regional partner meetings
  • Generates accurate and on-time project, timesheet, and expense reports
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • ●Experience on and/or leading trail crews including experience with rock work and advanced trail re-construction techniques. Trail work experience in the Northeast preferred.
  • ●Academic experience or course work in environmental studies, recreation management, natural resources management, forestry, or related field
  • ●Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a field and office setting with staff and volunteers
  • ●Familiarity with the Appalachian Trail, hikers, conservation volunteerism and related fields
  • ●Extensive experience using and maintaining hand tools and power equipment
  • ●Strong backcountry travel skills
  • ●A current and valid driver’s license with no restrictions

     

    Preferred Qualifications

  • ●Proficiency in reading and interpreting maps, property deeds, and surveys
  • ●Proficiency with technological operations, including Microsoft Office suite, handheld GPS units, and ESRI ArcGIS mapping software
  • ●Proficiency with tree identification, sawyer skills and/or hazard tree assessment experience
  • ●Strong familiarity with the principles of Leave No Trace outdoor ethics – LNT Trainer or Master Educator desired (training may be available)
  • ●Current Wilderness First Aid certification (training may be available)
  • ●Excellent organizational, analytical, and critical thinking skills
  • ●Strong oral and written communication skills

Physical Demands

  • ●Ability to hike long distances over rugged terrain and work in all weather conditions at remote locations
  • ●Ability to lift 50+ pounds
  • ●Ability to communicate effectively on the phone, by email, and in person with staff, volunteers, and the general public
  • ●Travel, evening, and weekend work required

Work Environment

  • ●Rigorous outdoor work environment along the Appalachian Trail in Maine with exposure to ticks and pests, as well as extreme and varied weather conditions
  • ●Independent, field-based work environment with some administrative duties
  • ●Office environment with a moderate level of noise due to activity on the phone, computer, and printer
  • ●The position is based at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s office space in downtown Farmington, Maine.

To Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to cpolfus@appalachiantrail.org. All resumes should be titled as “Last Name_First Name.”  Please include “Maine Field Coordinator” and your name in the email subject line. If you have questions about the position, please send an email cpolfus@appalachiantrail.org.

Position open until filled.



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