Appalachian Trail seeks Regional Trail Resource Manager for Virginia

July 11, 2009

Position Title: Regional Trail Resources Manager, Southwest and Central Virginia
Office Location: Blacksburg, VA

Program: Trail Management
Supervisor: Regional Director


Under the direction of the Regional Director, the Regional Trail Resource Manager administers a variety of trail-management and protection programs within the Southwest and Central Virginia region. The Trail Resources Manager serves as an ATC staff liaison to club and agency Trail-management partners; monitors and responds to issues and projects impacting the Appalachian Trail and adjacent lands and resources; and assists other ATC staff in implementing programs within the affected region.

The Regional Trail Resources Manager will focus on sound trail design and construction projects, and requires significant technical skills. The position will work closely with regional staff to administer training for A.T. volunteers, including required chainsaw and safety training. The Resources Manager will coordinate annual trail assessments and will serve as the coordinator for a 5 year trail project schedule. This position administers the Konnarock Trail Crew program and works closely with regional and national staff to implement ATC’s trail crew programs.


Assists in the operations of the regional office and other facilities (where appropriate), including budgeting and financial management, procurement, physical-plant maintenance.
Hires and supervises Konnarock Trail Crew staff.

Planning, Coordination and Volunteer Development
Fosters and facilitates the cooperative partnership among ATC, Trail-maintaining organizations, and agency partners in the region; serves as primary liaison among representatives of these organizations.
Coordinates technical training for volunteers and serves as the regional liaison to the Sawyer Safety Training program.
Provides leadership on key technical issues and opportunities related to trail resources management (i.e. accessibility, privies).
Conducts and/or facilitates Trail-assessment and local-management planning (LMP).
Participates in field reviews and may participate in club/agency LMPs discussions; enters information or oversees data entry to update annual trail assessment database; assists clubs, as needed, with information-gathering, writing, and evaluating Task Assignments (TAs) and LMPs; ensures compliance of club plans and policies with ATC and agency management policies.

Physical Trail/Operations
Provides technical guidance to Virginia seasonal Trail-crew (including Konnarock crew) and Ridgerunner programs.
Implements ATC’s response to emergencies and Trail-related incidents in the region.
Ensures high-quality Trail treadway and facility design, construction and maintenance within ATC policy guidelines.
Participates in project selection and design with affected clubs and agency partners; provides general oversight for volunteer recruitment; ensures compliance with ATC seasonal-programs policies; provides financial oversight and ensures compliance with budget parameters; ensures project completion and evaluates program effectiveness.

Corridor Stewardship
Administers implementation of agricultural-management, open-areas, and other land-management programs and projects.
Implements and facilitates “Leave No Trace” programs.
Provides general supervision for appropriate repair and rehabilitation and hazardous-materials abatement projects, as well as corridor-monitoring and boundary-survey maintenance.
Assists in and implements identification, development and coordination of land-management projects and programs, including special-use permits, open-areas maintenance, backcountry sanitation, etc.
Provides general oversight of ATC's monitoring program, which includes determining monitoring needs and developing appropriate schedules; identifying and assisting in volunteer-training needs, where necessary; monitoring club/volunteer performance; facilitating inspection reporting to ATC headquarters; and coordinating follow-up on any identified problems.
Identifies Trail-protection needs through participation in NPS corridor design and USFS Optimal Location Review procedures; coordinates recommendations with club and other agency partners; assists agency partners in negotiating design solutions to acquisition conflicts. Participates in policy development and program implementation for major Trail-protection projects.

Land Protection
Works closely with the Southwest and Central Virginia Regional Director on planning and review processes intended to refine the Trail route and assists in determining protection objectives for federal land-acquisition programs.

Assists various ATC program managers, including development, public affairs, and information services in implementing other ATC objectives.
Assists, as requested, with draft policy development, including issue identification, case studies, etc.; participates, as requested, in appropriate Board committee meetings and preparation of briefing materials and minutes.
Assists Regional Director in ATC’s response to a variety of external threats to the Trail experience at the regional level.


Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, conservation, resource management, or biology required; advanced degree preferred.
4-6 years related experience.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Ability to conduct research and apply knowledge to new situations.
Ability to organize, track, and follow through to successful completion and report the details of several programs at once.
Ability to work effectively without direct supervision.
Ability to inspire cooperation and effective communication among individuals, private groups, local, state and federal agencies.
Self-starter who can take on and manage multiple tasks and frequently changing priorities with patience, perseverance, and minimal supervision.
Familiarity with the Appalachian Trail, hikers, and volunteering on the A.T.
Experience or training in personal computer operations. Fluency in Microsoft Office, GIS and e-mail software is essential.


Extensive travel and weekend work may be required.
Ability to communicate with individuals by phone, email and in person.
At times, may require the ability to lift or move light to moderate weight.
May require visits to and physical inspection of Trail locations.


Moderate noise level due to open office environment with a high level of activity on the phone, computers, and printers.

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