Trails Supervisor

Job Type

Full Time




15 Moosehead Lake Road
United States


The Appalachian Mountain Club, America’s oldest conservation and recreation organization, is now searching for a Trails Supervisor in Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness region!

For over 140 years the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) has promoted conservation throughout the Northeast while helping people get outside. Here are just a few of the ways we’re doing our part!

We protect the mountains, forests, waters and trails of the Northeast through hands-on stewardship, scientific research and public policy advocacy. AMC and our dedicated staff and volunteers care for more than 1,800 miles of trails throughout the Northeast.

AMC is committed to reducing the barriers to active outdoor participation by youth. Through custom experiences and dedicated programs for youth groups, schools, families and teens, AMC is committed to getting 125,000 kids outdoors each year by 2020.

From Maine to New Jersey, the AMC runs overnight lodges, campsites and shelters that welcome all outdoor enthusiasts, providing hot meals, expert advice and promoting leave no trace principles to visitors who lay their head in the wilderness for the night.

Summary Description: The Trails Supervisor is primarily responsible for leading the development of AMC’s Moosehead Region Trails Program to fulfill the vision of the region as a world-class destination for outdoor recreation. The Trails Supervisor is responsible for the planning, hiring, training and field oversight of the staff and work of the Professional and Volunteer Trail Crew program, including AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative (MWI) Lands and AMC efforts on other lands. The Trails Supervisor is also responsible for project logistics, trail layout, trail signing and trails facilities maintenance while ensuring that work is preformed to the highest of standards. Additional duties include assessing trail work needs and field consultations with Volunteer Trail Adopters and volunteer trail workers. 

Primary Responsibilities: 

- Oversee strategy, planning and implementation of AMC’s MWI Trails Plan and AMC’s role as a collaborative partner and leader in developing a regional trails network for the Moosehead/100-Mile Wilderness region.

- Responsible for hiring, training and supervising a MWI Professional Trail Crew (4 members) or crews depending on work load.

- Lead the partnership and planning on behalf of AMC for building recreational trails in partnership with the Bureau of Parks and Lands and Plum Creek on regional conservation lands.

- Serve as the MWI Volunteer Coordinator for all volunteer-related work projects.

- Work with government, landowners and private funders to identify and secure future trail work funding and related projects in the region.

- Enforce established policies and guidelines to ensure the safe and responsible use of vehicles, equipment and facilities.

- Ensure Federal, State and AMC safety and environmental standards are being followed. Work with MWI Land Manager to obtain necessary permits.

- Oversee department’s equipment and supplies including purchasing and inventory based on an approved annual budget.

- Instruct and develop skills training sessions for both staff and volunteers.

- Serve on internal and external trails-program related committees as needed.

- Willingness to travel throughout the Northeast and work some evenings and weekends.

Qualifications and Experience:

- Bachelor’s degree with studies in Recreation, Natural Resources Management or other relevant disciplines.

- Extensive knowledge of trail maintenance, design and construction techniques for a variety of non-motorized trails.

- Familiarity with Leave No Trace principles.

- Exceptional customer service skills and outgoing friendly attitude.

- Ability to serve as an ambassador of AMC and non-motorized recreation in the region, including working cooperatively with local motorized trail clubs, landowners, communities, state agencies and non-profit organizations.  

- Ability to be a solid team contributor, while also working alone at times.

- Ability to safely operate a snowmobile.

- Ability to safely operate and maintain a variety of power equipment and work for extended periods of time outdoors in all types of weather conditions alone.

- Ability travel to all AMC worksites in all seasons. Physical ability to travel safely in the backcountry in all weather conditions on unimproved trails, carrying up to 40 pounds of gear.

- Ability to complete a diverse variety of work tasks and non-conventional work schedules.

- Commitment to the Conservation-Education-Recreation mission of the AMC. 

- Valid Wilderness First Aid certification preferred. AMC is able to provide these trainings if needed.

- Valid Maine driver’s license.

- Ability to use a computer to send and receive email and use Microsoft Office applications. Basic GIS & database management experience preferred.

Employee Perks: In addition to a competitive salary, AMC offers an exceptional benefits package.

- Generous paid time off benefits.

- Health insurance with a hefty employer contribution.

- A retirement plan with an employer match.

- Access to various pro deals that help you purchase gear at deeply reduced rates.

- Free admission to cultural and environmental venues throughout New England.

- And more!

To Apply: Now accepting applications! Please include your resume and a cover letter when applying via the link below. No phone calls please.

The AMC has zero tolerance for child abuse or placing children in danger. The AMC requires all employees who work in a program or facility which serves children, disabled persons or the elderly to have a criminal background record check performed on their name annually with employment contingent upon satisfactory results.

The AMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in the workplace. The AMC encourages the involvement of all people in its mission and activities, through its membership, programs, policies and procedures. Our goal is to be a community that is comfortable, inviting and accessible for people of any age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. Join us!

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply