AMC Backcountry Hut Naturalist (Summer 2020)

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 12:00am



United States

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The Hut Naturalist is an environmental education, research, and customer service position. The Naturalist is responsible for initiating on-site interpretive programs including pre-dinner programs, evening programs, sunrise walks, weather talks, and post-breakfast programs. The successful candidate will also be responsible for conducting ongoing plant-based phenology research as part of AMC’s Mountain Watch and assisting in day-to-day hut operations. Daily responsibilities also include advertising programs, organizing interpretive materials, maintaining equipment, and keeping associated records. AMC depends on this individual as part of the hut crew to represent our organization and provide an educational and enjoyable mountain experience for each overnight guest and day visitor. Trainings on local ecology, interpretive program development, and Mountain Watch research will be provided to Naturalists before the season begins. 

All hut positions require excellent guest service skills, backcountry experience, and a commitment to the goals of AMC. Environmental education and/or research experience is strongly preferred. The standard work schedule is 11 days at the hut and 3 days off. Daily assignments (packing, cleaning, morning and evening support, interpretive programs) are all shared and will be organized by the resident Hutmaster (onsite manager).  The summer season dates for 2020 are May 25th-August 20th, 2020.


  • Present daily local natural and cultural history programs for guests and visitors. 
  • Complete weekly Mountain Watch research observations.
  • Develop and maintain program materials and daily record of program offerings.
  • Hike food and supplies to the hut (40 pounds or more) twice a week.
  • Prepare, serve and clean up after breakfast and dinner.
  •  Assist hut crew in providing information and selling supplies to guests and visitors.
  • Voluntarily participate in search and rescue operations. 


  • Due to hours worked, applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  • Program development, presentation, and/or research experience.
  • Backcountry experience, or at least comfort with not having immediate access to internet, cell coverage and roadside amenities necessary.
  • Friendly, outgoing manner and commitment to public service. 
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Interpretive and public speaking experience.
  • Demonstrated interest in field of environmental education, preferred.
  • Degree (or working towards degree) with course work in Environmental Studies or Natural Sciences, preferred. 
  • Currently working towards a degree in the sciences or education

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Emily Griffin

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