Maine Field Coordinator

Jan 22, 2018, 09:03 AM
Location : Farmington, ME
Department : Conservation
Supervisor : Claire Polfus Maine Conservation Resources Manager
Type : Seasonal
Position Summary:

The Maine Field Coordinator is a 20-week position and serves as the support staff for field-based trail and conservation stewardship efforts in Maine. The Maine Field Coordinator works within the framework of the federally-legislated Cooperative Management System to strengthen and enhance the mission of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and support the volunteer stewardship heritage of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (ANST), a unit of the National Park Service (NPS).

Essential Duties/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
  • Assists ATC field staff with hazard tree removal
  • Supports a formal Optimal Location Review (OLR) process by working with volunteers and staff to assess locations with poor trail alignment that would be suitable for trail relocations
  • Assist Maine Program Manager and Trail club volunteers in multi-year Capital Planning and prioritization
  • 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
  • Maine Youth Trail Stewardship Coalition event coordination and execution
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 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
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, recreation management, natural resources management, forestry, or related field, with 1-3 years of experience required
  • 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.
  • 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 preferred
  • 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 is desirable
  • Strong familiarity with the principles of Leave No Trace outdoor ethics – Leave No Trace Trainer or Master Educator desired
  • Strong backcountry travel skills
  • Current Wilderness First Aid certification
  • Extensive experience using and maintaining hand tools and power equipment
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and critical thinking skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • A current and valid driver’s license with no restrictions


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:

Incumbent must be available June through mid-October.

Shared staff housing will be available with nominal rent and deposit.


To apply please email a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. 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 [email protected]

Please apply by February 25, 2018.


ATC Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

ATC encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness with all employees and volunteers to enable participation and contributions to their fullest potential. We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive organization, and recognize that diversity contributes to an effective and successful organizational culture and mission. The ATC prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and/or expression), national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, political affiliation, union membership, or any other status protected by the laws and regulations in the locations where we operate.

Position Type : Careers - Seasonal