Help Wanted: Trail Crew Volunteers

Published Jul 18, 2012

Finding a job is hard these days, but that doesn't mean you have to waste your life in your parent's basement playing video games or obsessing on Pinterest.

Get yourself together, Bucko. Hit the trail. The Appalachian Trail.

Relax. You don't have to whip yourself into shape and buy hiking boots worth more than your car (if you have one) to spend five months hiking the AT.

You can volunteer to help maintain the AT, if you're over 18. No experience is necessary.

Remember that rule from kindergarten about "playing well with others"? Believe it or not, that's important. Remember that rule from your mother, "Stop whining"? That's important too.

If you love the outdoors and you're ready to work hard and have a great time among friends, this job might be perfect for you.

You'll need:

  • enthusiasm
  • good health
  • physical vigor
  • adaptability and
  • the capacity to see a [insert bug or critter here] without freaking out.

The willingness to follow instructions and safety rules and to share equally in routine camp tasks is essential.

All crew members must be able to live and work cooperatively and in close proximity with fellow volunteers of both sexes, all ages and nationalities. All crew members are expected to participate equally in routine tasks, including cooking, cleaning, and tool care, both at base camp and the project site.

Fine Print

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 the absence of mascara, hot pizza and cold beer.

During the course of the crew season, the weather can vary from sweaty, summertime heat to freezing, winter-like cold.

But look on the bright side: When your future friends whine about bad weather and hard work, you can totally blow them away with your saga of being an AT Trail Crew Volunteer.

Click Here for AppalachianTrail.org Trail Crew Info

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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