AMC Backcountry Hut Naturalist – Fall 2021
Location: White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire.
Carter Notch, Madison Spring, Lakes of the Clouds, Mizpah Spring, Zealand Falls, Galehead, Greenleaf, Lonesome Lake.
Supervision: Huts Management, Interpretive Programs Manager
Job Dates: 8/16 – 9/22 or 10/20
Hiring Timeframe and Instructions:
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. You will be notified of your application status on a rolling basis.
Due to the pandemic, the AMC is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments. The huts aim to ensure a safe and successful season for both staff and guests. We intend to operate with numerous updated cleaning and operating procedures that meet or exceed CDC, state, and local guidelines. PPE required for the position will be provided.
The Hut Naturalist is a unique position, which is responsible for both leading the environmental education and research efforts of a backcountry hiking lodge and contributing to the operation of the hut as a full-service, overnight facility for guests.
As the educational leader of the hut, the Naturalist is responsible for connecting visitors with the environmental resources and history of the land surrounding their hut. This goal is primarily fulfilled through the researching, developing, and leading of on-site interpretive programs for hut guests and visitors. Daily responsibilities also include advertising programs, keeping records, and broadly fueling visitors’ curiosities. The Naturalist will also conduct ongoing plant phenology data collection to support AMC research investigating the ecological impacts of climate change. Environmental education and experience is strongly preferred. Trainings on local ecology, interpretive program development, and plant phenology research will be provided to Naturalists before the season begins.
As part of hut crew, the Hut Naturalist also performs regular hut operational duties – including packing food to the hut, cleaning, assisting with morning and evening meal service, and occasionally leading meal preparation – alongside the rest of the hut crew. All hut positions require excellent guest service skills, backcountry experience, and a commitment to the goals of AMC. Applicants should be able to carry 40 pounds or more over rugged terrain. The standard work schedule is 11 days at the hut and 3 days off. The starting wage is $11/hour, with 96 hours worked over the 14 day pay-period. Daily assignments (packing, cleaning, morning and evening support, interpretive programs) are all shared and will be organized by the resident Hutmaster (onsite manager).
- Present daily local natural and cultural history programs for guests and visitors.
- Develop and maintain program materials and daily records of program offerings.
- Collect phenological data on local plant species twice per week
- Function as an education resource for guests and visitors
- Provide a positive hut experience for all day and overnight guests.
- Assist the Hut Crew with the preparation and execution of breakfast and dinner service for as many as 36-96 guests. (Guest counts vary by hut placement and date)
- Occasionally serve as the lead cook for breakfast and dinner service
- Hike food and supplies to the hut (40 pounds or more for 1.5 – 5 miles) twice a week
- Greet, register, and assist overnight guests
- Answer questions, provide information, give trail advice, and sell supplies to guests and visitors at the hut information desk
- Handle transactions of retail items and basic backcountry supplies, occasionally executing basic accounting of hut income
- Clean public spaces, sleeping quarters, and bathrooms daily.
- Maintain and uphold all COVID-related safety and cleaning measures implemented by the AMC
- Voluntarily participate in search and rescue operations.
- Due to hours worked, applicants must be at least 18 years of age
- Program development, interpretation, presentation, and/or public speaking experience
- Demonstrated interest in field of environmental education, preferred
- Degree (or working towards degree) with course work in Environmental Studies, Natural Sciences, or Environmental Education preferred
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
- Friendly, outgoing manner and commitment to public service
- Backcountry travel experience, or at least comfort not having immediate access to internet, cell coverage and roadside amenities necessary.
- Demonstrated ability to live and work closely within a community made up of a small staff of 4-10 coworkers.
- Knowledge of White Mountains and/or Leave-No-Trace principles, desirable but not necessary.
- Wilderness medical certification and CPR certification (Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, etc.), preferable.
- Restaurant experience (Front or Back of House) and/or housekeeping experience, desirable but not necessary.
The Appalachian Mountain Club has zero tolerance for child abuse or placing children in danger. The AMC requires all employees who work in a program or facility which serves children, disabled persons, or the elderly to have a criminal background record check performed on their name annually with employment contingent upon satisfactory results.
The AMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in the workplace. The AMC encourages the involvement of all people in its mission and activities, through its membership, programs, policies, and procedures. Our goal is to be a community that is comfortable, inviting, and accessible for people of any age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. Join us!