Appalachian Trail Ridgerunners

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Maine Appalachian Trail Club
Job Overview

Appalachian Trail Ridgerunners stationed at Gulf Hagas, Saddleback and Bigelow Mountains (May 18 to October 20) will: meet, greet, register and educate hikers on the Appalachian Trail.

They will impart Leave No Trace knowledge, skills and ethics focusing on youth groups and long distance backpackers, for example: where to camp, how to protect water sources, minimize fire impacts.

Ridgerunners will provide education about rare alpine plants and stewardship on summits and ridgelines. They will manage and provide light maintenance at campsites.

Some backpacking and camping gear will be provided, as well as off day housing assistance.


  • Leave No Trace knowledge, skills and ethics;
  • desire and comfort with primitive, solitary, outdoor living and working conditions.;
  • good health and physical fitness;
  • public/customer service skills;
  • professional appearance and attitude;
  • good communication skills (oral, by phone, and written);
  • willingness to work in unfavorable weather conditions;
  • and long-distance hiking experience

Personal transportation is required to get to assigned trailhead.


Interns ($200/week) will help rebuild and restore heavily impacted sections of the Appalachian Trail. Interns will utilize Griphoist® rigging equipment and hand tools to build stone steps, waterbars and retaining walls.  They will camp in remote, rugged and stunning beautiful parts of the Appalachian Trail. Qualifications: desire to live and work in the outdoors; interest in building a career in the trails and conservation; ability to teach skills and support volunteer workers; good health and physical fitness; valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

Volunteer Positions (one to six weeks) are also available on the Maine Trail Crew. Email for more information