S.W.E.A.T. Crew Assistant Leader Allegra T. on the Trail//Donated photo//Text by Anne Baker, marketing assistant
We get it. Whether it’s school, a full-time job, a family, or those little everyday life occurrences—you’re busy. But if you can spare a week and want to spend some time on the Appalachian Trail, we have a gig for you.
From late spring into the fall, six volunteer Trail Crews complete important trail construction and repair projects from Georgia to Maine. No previous experience is necessary! You just need to have a desire to work cooperatively, live in the backcountry for about a week or longer, and have a great time among friends. The work isn’t easy—it’s hard physical labor—but the satisfaction you’ll get from the experience will outweigh even those pesky mosquitoes.
Don’t just take our word for it, though. Read what Allegra T., who was the assistant crew leader for our S.W.E.A.T. Crew last year, had to say about her experience:
“Working for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy has revealed to me the hard work and dedication it takes to protect and preserve the Appalachian Trail. I’ve had a wonderful experience working with volunteers, and it brings me joy to see young and old people have a common love for the wilderness. It really is an awesome community. working with the S.W.E.A.T. crew has helped me grow into a stronger individual. If you want to experience nature, and connect with the people and places of the A.T., the ATC will help, as well as benefit from, your efforts!”
Another great thing about joining the ATC’s Trail Crews? Besides satisfaction, we also provide your shelter, food, transportation to and from project sites, tools, safety equipment, and group camping gear.
Registration is now open for the 2015 season! Access the project calendar and more here.
See you on the Trail!
Curious about which Trail Crew would be a good fit for you? Take this cool BuzzFeed quiz to learn more!