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If you think a seasonal job working for AMC in the remote corners of New England can’t be matched, prepare to have your world turned upside down, almost literally. The following AMC employees spend their off-seasons working and living in some of the most far-flung places on Earth. For these adventurous souls—Jeremy Day, Construction Crew…

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Spend a night at one of AMC’s lodges, huts, or full-service camps and you’ll quickly discover a common theme: delicious, homemade food. AMC chefs bring their passion for the outdoors to the kitchen every day, creating wholesome meals that keep hikers, paddlers, cyclists, and climbers fueled up for adventure. Cooking for hundreds of people can…

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The conservation community, in general, is challenged by a lack of diversity. While AMC is no exception, having leaders from different backgrounds provides quiet testimony to our belief that the outdoors is for everyone. Not only can our experiences help us learn about nature, they can teach us about ourselves—and one another. We talked to…

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When people think about conservation in New England, verdant forestland or meadows teeming with wildlife might come to mind. But for Norm Sims, of Winchester, N.H., and Julia Khorana, of Stow, Mass., conservation is a little more fluid. Sims and Khorana, along with other AMC members, are the unsung heroes of whitewater conservation in New England. They’ve…

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Working at Hermit Lake Shelters, at the base of New Hampshire’s well-known Tuckerman Ravine, can be pretty cool. The upside? Caretakers spend a lot of time outdoors, and if they’re lucky, some of that time involves making first tracks on a bluebird powder day. The downside? The ravine can be downright cold, and if a…

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Since 1876, volunteers have been central to AMC’s mission of understanding, enjoying, and protecting the landscape and trails of the Northeast. So, when research and education staff created Mountain Watch in 2003, AMC was confident volunteers would step up. In the 13 years since its founding, Mountain Watch has benefited from the passion and commitment…

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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW Already researching winter getaways? Join an AMC winter volunteer vacation to Costa Rica and you’ll not only spend your days in an exotic—not to mention warm—location, you’ll brush up on your Spanish, learn trail maintenance skills, and immerse yourself in a culture rooted in conservation. Last winter, AMC’s…

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Spend a day with the Appalachian Trail (AT) Committee of AMC’s Connecticut Chapter, and you’ll quickly realize why most volunteers who show up once end up staying for years. These diehard trail workers have maintained the AT’s entire 51 miles in Connecticut since the late 1970s. In that time, volunteers have spent countless hours building…

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Many hikers who complete the 2,000-plus-mile Appalachian Trail say they aren’t the same person as when they began. Talk to any AMC Teen Wilderness Adventures (TWA) participant after they wrap up a trip, and you’re bound to hear the same sentiment. Typically entering the program with little to no outdoor experience, group members, ages 12…

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From time to time, many of us find ourselves taking a step back and admiring the handiwork of our fellow lovers of the outdoors—those volunteers who devote time and elbow grease to trail work. We can think about it a bit differently, too, considering not just what we do for the trails, but what trail…

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