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Seasonal Ridgerunner Great Smoky Mountains and Georgia

Great Smoky Mountains  GA

Position Summary:

ATC Ridgerunners provide information about the A.T. and its intended primitive experience, location, regulations, and traditions. They work to encourage the best behavior on the part of hikers to facilitate a positive Trail experience (particularly for those who are poorly prepared), and to elicit the support of those who live nearby. They discourage and mitigate misuse of the Appalachian Trail and its environs by performing educational and public-relations functions.

Ridgerunners are assigned to hike specific sections of the A.T. during the day and must be present at specific overnight sites during throughout the night. Applicants should demonstrate the interest and ability to contribute to the public-service effort of working on a National Scenic Trail and to promote volunteerism and membership in ATC and its club affiliates. They should possess the required skills listed below and be able to attend required training. Applicants must demonstrate maturity, responsibility, initiative, and self-motivation.

Ridgerunners working in Georgia will work a 12-week season beginning in early February. Ridgerunners working in Great Smoky Mountain National Park will work either a 15-week or 35-week season beginning in late February. All Ridgerunners are required to participate in staff training, February 5th through February 10th.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Meet and greet the public and educate them about the A.T., ATC, local Trail Clubs, local land agencies and Leave No Trace practices

Advise visitors on rules and regulations pertinent to the A.T.

Perform basic Trail maintenance and pick up litter on the Trail, at overnight sites, and at Trailhead parking areas

Assist visitors; including assistance in emergency-response incidents

Report unsafe conditions, misuse, and abuse of the A.T. and its overnight facilities

Assist, as needed, local maintaining Clubs with privy maintenance

Maintain a daily log, report to supervisors at the end of each work period, and submit a written report to ATC at the end of each field session

Maintain regular contact with field supervisors, Club volunteers, agency partners, and local officials

Regularly traverse steep and uneven terrain in all weather conditions, travelling upwards of fifteen miles daily, carrying as much as 50 lbs.



Commitment to Trail and resource protection efforts

Proven ability to work alone with minimal supervision

Excellent communication and education skills

Ability to interact with the public under stressful conditions

Extensive backpacking and winter backpacking experience


Physical Demands:

Work Environment:


To Apply:


Please submit a single pdf that consists of a resume, list of three references, and a cover letter. Cover letters should detail:

Why you are interested in becoming an ATC Ridgerunner

How you found out about this position

Location preference between Great Smoky Mountains National Park or Georgia

Previous seasonal or relevant work experience


Questions can be e-mailed to:

Chloë de Camara, ATC SORO Trail Education Specialist,

Deadline to apply is October 25th, 2019


Please mention how you learned of this opening.


Posted September 11, 2019

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