Volunteer at Huts, Lodges, and Camps

 

Teach. Share. Learn.

Trained volunteers support AMC's outdoor recreation and environmental education centers from Maine to New Jersey. AMC Information Volunteers possess a firm knowledge of outdoor skills and the trails surrounding our regional lodges and huts. Volunteer Naturalists deliver walks and presentations highlighting local natural and cultural history. Camp Managers follow a strong AMC tradition of providing hospitality and recreation services. Volunteers provide recreation, conservation and natural history information, may assist with retail sales and provide information about AMC membership.

Making Connections

AMC's Information Volunteers provide essential information about trails and conditions in the nearby area. They offer advice on gear, trip planning, weather, conservation and natural history information, assist with retail sales, and provide information on AMC membership. Information Volunteers serve at all of our New Hampshire huts and lodges, Gorman Chairback Lodge in Maine, Harriman Outdoor Center in New York, and at Mohican Outdoor Center in New Jersey. To receive an application to become an Information Volunteer or Volunteer Naturalist, please contact the Outdoor Program Centers Volunteer Coordinator at amcvolservices@outdoors.org.

What Information Volunteers Do

  • Provide guests and day visitors with accurate information on current trail conditions, area attractions, and AMC programs and facilities;

  • Provide information on AMC membership;

  • Support AMC staff in huts and lodges;

  • Enhance the way our visitors experience the outdoors!

AMC Information Volunteers

  • Are excited to represent the AMC, whether on the trail, at a hut, or AMC lodge, by answering questions and helping guests connect to the outdoors.

  • Are AMC members;

  • Have solid knowledge of the destination, the surrounding area and trails where they intend to volunteer (see locations below)

  • Attend a two-day spring training session annually for the first three years of service

  • Make a firm commitment to provide coverage of at least 32 hours annually

How the AMC Supports Volunteers

  • Complimentary room and board when volunteering. Volunteers may also bring one guest at a reduced rate;

  • An annual weekend training for a nominal fee;

  • A 30% discount on books and items sold in the retail area during their volunteer visit;

  • Annual recognition dinner, eligibility for Stewardship Society awards... and more!

Teach & Share the Outdoors

Volunteers Naturalists draw on their expertise and knowledge to introduce AMC's guests and visitors to the complexities of the natural world. Volunteers share fascinating information about local natural history, logging history, wildlife management and more. Program opportunities promote environmental stewardship by encouraging a deep sense of awareness and connection to the natural world. Volunteer Naturalists serve at AMC's backcountry huts in summer and fall. To receive an application to become an Information Volunteer or Volunteer Naturalist, please contact the Outdoor Program Centers Volunteer Coordinator at . amcvolservices@outdoors.org

What Volunteer Naturalists Do

  • Provide educational programs or nature walks for guests and visitors;

  • Answer questions about local natural history;

  • Provide information about trail conditions, trip planning, and AMC programs, facilities, and membership;

  • Enhance the way our visitors experience the outdoors!

Volunteer Naturalists

  • Have a strong background in natural history, physical sciences, and/or local history and have the ability to communicate guest connections to the natural world.

  • Feel comfortable speaking in front of both large and small audiences and answering questions.

  • Are AMC members;

  • Are excited to represent the AMC, whether on the trail or at a hut, by answering questions and helping hikers connect to the outdoors.

  • Make a firm commitment to provide coverage of at least 16 hours annually;

  • Attend a two-day spring training session annually for the first three years of service


How the AMC Supports Volunteers

  • Complimentary room and board at AMC huts, lodges and camps when volunteering;

  • An annual weekend training for a nominal fee; Sessions include interpretative skills, wildlife ecology, plant identification, bird behavior and identification, and cultural history;

  • A 30% discount on books and items sold in the retail area during their volunteer visit;

  • Annual recognition dinner, eligibility for Stewardship Society awards... and more!

Volunteer to be an Evening Speaker

Walk into an AMC Lodge or Hut on a summer night and you could witness a one-woman cultural history reenactment, view a slideshow of stunning photos from Tibet, catch life-size footage of beavers dragging logs through the water, or learn about animal adaptations from a White Mountain National Forest Ranger. Every evening in the summer months and Saturdays year-round, a one-hour program is offered nightly at Joe Dodge Lodge/Pinkham Notch Visitor Center and the Highland Center at Crawford Notch. During the summer months Cardigan Lodge offers programs each Wednesday evening at a family-friendly time. All of these programs are free of charge and open to the public. Think you have a program that would fit in? The AMC is looking for volunteers to present evening programs.

Who Should Apply

The individuals who will be most successful as Evening Speakers are those who have a very solid or even professional background in a topic relevant to AMC's mission of promoting the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America's Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Volunteers should feel comfortable speaking in front of both large and small audiences and answering questions; have previous experience offering presentations; can provide a visual component, such as a slideshow or performance. (Slide projectors, LCD projectors, and a laptop with Windows are available for use.)

What You Will Do

As an evening speaker you will offer a program that is approximately one-hour in length to the public (Attendance varies widely by day and time of year). Volunteers will engage an audience with visuals pertinent to your topic and share your passion for conservation, environmental education, and outdoor recreation with others. Volunteers should be able to field questions from the crowd.

How the AMC Supports You

Volunteer Evening Speakers receive free lodging and meals as available and as necessary.

Camp Volunteers

From Knubble Bay in Maine to New York's Long Island, groups of AMC volunteers manage a series of camps and cabins in beautiful settings offering a range of amenities. From full-service, seasonal camps to year round and self service options, these camps and cabins depend on volunteers performing many different kinds of tasks to support these unique places.

Volunteer at Camp

Volunteers who lead at these camps and cabins must take leadership training