Field Coordinator - Conservation Leadership Corps

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Deadline to Apply:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 5:00pm


Gatlinburg, TN
United States

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Job Description:

Conservation Leadership Corps provides training for young people (ages 18-25) interested in careers in conservation and looking to build the skills necessary to begin working in the field. As such, to expose corps members to a variety of professional opportunities in conservation, the work of the CLC includes a variety of projects outside of the scope of traditional Trail crews. While the corps will spend 2-3 weeks doing trail rehabilitation and maintenance, CLC members will also perform natural resource management work, learn the basics of field ecology through citizen-science projects, become Leave No Trace Master Educators, shadow ATC Ridgerunners, and more. CLC members are recruited through a partnership with Groundwork USA.

The CLC Field Coordinator will be responsible for leading the CLC while they are working in the field, meaning that his or her days off will mirror those of the crew (when the Lead Coordinator takes over supervisory responsibilities). The Field Coordinator will take part in all corps work projects and model a positive work ethic and willingness to learn new skills. As the leader for the corps members while at work sites, the Field Coordinator will monitor group dynamics to ensure a high level of corps functioning and ensure that ATC policies and procedures are followed by all corps members. Additionally, when the CLC joins with other crews for work projects, the Field Coordinator will work closely with the Project Lead, which could be ATC staff as well as agency and non-profit partners, to create safe, clean, and environmentally sound living and work environments for CLC members and volunteers alike. 

Required Skills:

  • A high-school diploma
  • Proven ability to work without direct supervision, individually and as part of a team, with a varying schedule
  • Excellent leadership and risk management skills
  • Backcountry camping skills and a familiarity with Leave No Trace (preferred: experience in teaching these skills to others
  • Experience working as part of a close-knit group and managing group dynamics
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, experience and proficiency in working with diverse groups of people (especially youth ages 18-25), and a strong desire to motivate and empower corps members
  • Ability to participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities and to travel on foot over rough terrain and for long distances while carrying equipment
  • Positive attitude and a desire to work hard and model a strong work ethic

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of the Appalachian Trail, ATC, and/or Groundwork USA
  • Experience with facility, equipment, and tool maintenance
  • Knowledge of and experience with trail maintenance
  • Current CPR and first-aid or Wilderness First Aid certification
  • Leave No Trace Trainer or Master Educator
  • Knowledge of and experience with CLC

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit a resume, completed application, and list of three references to The application and more detailed information about the position can be found on our website at