ATC Ridgerunners provide information about the A.T. and its intended primitive experience, location, regulations, and traditions. They work to encourage the best behavior on the part of hikers to facilitate a positive Trail experience (particularly for those who are poorly prepared), and to elicit the support of those who live nearby. They discourage and mitigate misuse of the Appalachian Trail and its environs by performing educational and public-relations functions.
Ridgerunners are assigned to hike specific sections of the A.T. during the day and must be present at specific overnight sites during throughout the night. Applicants should demonstrate the interest and ability to contribute to the public-service effort of working on a National Scenic Trail and to promote volunteerism and membership in ATC and its club affiliates. They should possess the required skills listed below and be able to attend required training. Applicants must demonstrate maturity, responsibility, initiative, and self-motivation.
Ridgerunners working in Georgia will work a 12-week season beginning in early February. Ridgerunners are required to participate in staff training, February 7th through February 13th. Patrols start February 19th and conclude May 5th.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
-Meet and greet the public and educate them about the A.T., ATC, local Trail Clubs, local land agencies and Leave No Trace practices
-Advise visitors on rules and regulations pertinent to the A.T.
-Perform basic Trail maintenance and pick up litter on the Trail, at overnight sites, and at Trailhead parking areas
-Assist visitors; including assistance in emergency-response incidents
-Report unsafe conditions, misuse, and abuse of the A.T. and its overnight facilities
-Assist, as needed, local maintaining Clubs with privy maintenance
-Maintain a daily log, report to supervisors at the end of each work period, and submit a written report to ATC at the end of each field session
-Maintain regular contact with field supervisors, Club volunteers, agency partners, and local officials
-Regularly traverse steep and uneven terrain in all weather conditions, travelling upwards of fifteen miles daily, carrying as much as 50 lbs.
-Commitment to Trail and resource protection efforts
-Proven ability to work alone with minimal supervision
-Excellent communication and education skills
-Ability to interact with the public under stressful conditions
-Extensive backpacking and winter backpacking experience
-Knowledge of Leave No Trace principles
-Previous A.T. volunteer experience
-Knowledge of the Appalachian Trail and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
-Current first-aid and CPR certification (Wilderness First-Aid certification is preferable)
-Mileage reimbursement at federal rate
Please submit a single pdf that consists of a resume, list of three references, and a cover letter. Cover letters should detail:
-Why you are interested in becoming an ATC Ridgerunner
-How you found out about this position
-Previous seasonal or relevant work experience
Questions can be e-mailed to:
Chloë de Camara, ATC SORO Trail Education Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org