Help Wanted: Manager of AT Museum

Published Jul 22, 2013


Appalachian Trail Museum ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

You might be young or old. You have hopes, goals, dreams and school loans and/or credit card bills out the wazoo.

Most of the time, you could pass for a normal person. You're not wanted by the law and you hardly ever wear tin foil on your head to thwart aliens from reading your mind.

As with 70% of Americans, you hate your job.

You're saying to yourself:

"If you-know-who does you-know-what one more time, I'm going to quit and get a job doing something that makes a difference ... at a cool job where I can meet new people all the time. If only I could work to preserve the heritage of the Appalachian Trail ... near a place that serves ice cream."

Somebody reading this -- unless they're thwarted by those pesky aliens -- is going to be the next manager of one of the coolest museums anywhere: the Appalachian Trail Museum, conveniently located within Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Pennsylvania.

The current manager, Howard Davis, has set a great standard of performance, as have the museum's volunteers. Alas, Howard will be leaving at the end of the 2013 season and it's time to search for a new museum manager.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Willing is good.
  • Educated in museumology (unlike me) is better.
  • Experienced is very good.
  • If you've hiked the Appalachian Trail; earned a degree or two in museum stuff; you've always wanted to live near Gardners, Pennsylvania -- which, according to Wikipedia is "in Tyrone Township, just south of Idaville" -- and you want a simpler life away from Fisherman's Wharf, Broadway and other shallow AT-free zones, this job might be perfect for you.

More Good News

  • You'll get to work long hours without annoying cheerleaders and marching bands flattering you all day long.
  • You'll never have to deal with the monstrous guilt of earning billions of dollars and not knowing what to do with it.
  • The AT Museum is right across the street from one of the world's most famous ice cream parlors!

Pine Grove General Store, next to the AT Museum in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, is the halfway point on the AT. Thru-hikers celebrate by downing a half-gallon of their favorite ice cream. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The AT Museum deserves a dedicated, friendly, knowledgeable person to help keep it growing and serving the history and the future of the Appalachian Trail.

If you think you might be that person or if you know someone else who might be, contact the good folks at the AT Museum.

Contact Info

o If you would like to apply for this intriguing position, please send a cover letter and a resume to:

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Tags: Tourism, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Trail, Hiking, Appalachian Trail Museum, and US Forest Service

About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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