Published Aug 16, 2014
It's almost summer and you're probably asking yourself, "How can I meet more people who live in the forest and carry sharp axes ... and who eat, sleep and [yup] in the woods? If only I could find a poster that says, "Trail volunteers needed!"
Well, have I got good news for you!!!
Our friends at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) -- official caretakers of our Beloved Path -- have openings for volunteers to join Trail Crews to maintain and improve the Appalachian Trail (AT).
They won't even charge you a dime for helping them for a week or so. Talk about a great job with benefits that doesn't require a college degree or high scores on video games or beer pong!
There are just a few conditions you must meet, then you're in!!
But, lest I paint too pretty a picture of being an Appalachian Trail volunteer, here's the ATC's official statement about working conditions:
Trail work is hard, physical labor. It involves working with hand tools, and getting dirty is guaranteed. The crews work eight- or nine-hour days, rain or shine, hot or cold, regardless of black flies, mosquitoes, and other insects. During the course of the crew season, the weather can vary from sweaty, summertime heat to freezing, winter-like cold.
A better writer might toss in a line like: "It's the worst job you'll ever love" or "Ask not what the Appalachian Trail can do for you. Ask what you can do for the Appalachian Trail" or "Join a Trail Crew and see the same trees, rocks and trail every day for a week without going berserk."
If you do not agree with this statement, please do not apply:
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Published Apr 7, 2015. Friendly volunteers are needed at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Offices in Boiling Springs, PA. If you're a People Person, the welcome center needs you.
Thinking of attempting a thru-hike of the AT? Read Doctor Grumpy's Ten Tips for Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers before you hit the Trail.
Published Aug 16, 2014. Ditch your video games and be a real hero! Join the battle to fight alien invaders on the Appalachian Trail! Come zap invasive plants on July 12, 2014.
Published May 19, 2016. Our friends with the Maine Appalachian Trail Club just released MATC's May 2016 newsletter that includes an invitation for you to join them on the AT.