Adirondack Mountain Club seeking Volunteer Leader for 2015 summer season

October 27, 2014

The Adirondack Mountain Club is a diverse organization with a threefold program of conservation, education and recreation. As the organization is diverse so are the job responsibilities of its staff and volunteers. This partnership between staff and volunteers is based on trust, respect and a mutual understanding of these responsibilities. The individual employee goals and responsibilities are outlined in the following job description:

JOB TITLE: Volunteer Trail Crew Leader

LOCATION: Heart Lake Program Center Wilderness Campground

RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Field Programs & Trails Coordinator

SUPERVISES: Volunteers of all ages

TEAM COORDINATION WITH: Trails Food Coordinator

JOB DESCRIPTION: Volunteer trail crew leaders are paid seasonal employees of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s principal partner in the maintenance and reconstruction of backcountry facilities on Forest Preserve lands. The committed individuals who volunteer with ADK are a huge asset to both our organization and the preserve as a whole. Volunteer trail crew leaders educate, supervise and motivate these individuals and groups. The leader’s first priority is to ensure a safe, positive, and educational experience while accomplishing the highest quality work possible.

• Participate in all staff training programs to learn critical trails skills and to develop an understanding of the ADK Trails Program philosophy on appropriate maintenance of backcountry resources.
• Guide and provide support to volunteers from when they arrive through the end of their stay.
• Pass along to volunteers an appreciation of the Adirondacks and an understanding of the purpose of the Adirondack Mountain Club, and the philosophy of the trails program.
• Encourage an open, welcoming and appreciative atmosphere for all volunteers, both in and out of the woods. Always present a professional image.
• Encourage volunteers to maintain a constant awareness of safety. Avoid accidents and injury
through prevention. Always work and travel with a first aid kit.
• Complete all work so that it meets or exceeds ADK & DEC standards.
• Develop weekly menus and complete necessary food ordering forms for volunteer crews.
• Complete weekly work counts.
• Complete weekly evaluations of projects.
• Assist the Trails Coordinator with the maintenance of a complete file of waivers, workers compensation forms and evaluations.
• Maintain and repair the volunteer tool and equipment inventory as necessary.
• Assist the Director of Field Programs with an end of the year program evaluation.

• Experience leading groups in a wilderness setting
• Sensitive to group dynamics and needs
• Knowledge of what trail maintenance and reconstruction is
• Effective communicator and teacher
• Ability to supervise a group to accomplish the task at hand
• Ability to carry tools and supplies long distances as well as complete long hours of hard labor
• Knowledge of low-impact camping techniques
• Desire to work in the out-of-doors in extreme conditions
• Certified in basic first-aid procedures
• Positive attitude in a full spectrum of situations

• Non-exempt classification
• Full-time, 44 hours per week, Seasonal
• Schedule varies throughout the summer depending on the project



Andrew Hamlin, Trails Coordinator
Adirondack Mountain Club
P.O Box 867 Lake Placid, NY 12946
518-523-3480 ext 18

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