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Appalachian Trail Conservancy Seasonal Employment – Get Paid to Hike!

Photo by: Mike Swanson, Appalachian Trail Conservancy

How many of us have ever dreamed of the perfect outdoor job? Getting paid to hike, camp, or backpack seems too good to be true. But for the right person it could be a dream come true.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is currently accepting application for 2011 Rdigerunners and Caretakes. Ridgerunners are assigned to hike specific sections of the A.T., while Caretakers remain at specific overnight sites.

According to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC):

ATC Ridgerunners and Caretakers inform visitors about the A.T. and its intended primitive experience, its location, regulations, and traditions. They take steps 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, but who may not understand or use the Trail properly. They discourage and mitigate misuse of the Appalachian Trail and its environs by performing educational and public-relations functions.

If you are intersted you can find more information here.

Thank you to Alicia MacLeay over at Trailspace.com for the heads up.


  • Karl

    December 17, 2010

    Honestly, my dream job…that or a NH Fish & Game Warden!


  • Steven

    December 17, 2010

    I would do it for free if I had to time!

  • TandR

    December 18, 2010

    That would be a wonderful job. Of course if you love what you do then it's not work. Another great job would be to spend a season on staff up at LeConte Lodge. That would be awesome.

    Maybe once our kiddo is out of the house and on her own two feet and we have our debt paid down considerably, that would be a good one for Robin and I to do.

  • Steven

    December 24, 2010

    I would love to interview a Ridgerunner and see if its all its cracked up to be.

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