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, Hermit Lake Shelters and Guyot Campsite in New Hampshire, 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 spring training weekend annually for the first two 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;

  • Eligibility for Stewardship Society awards… and more!

Volunteer Naturalists:

draw on their own expertise to provide outreach in AMC backcountry huts in the White Mountains or at Medawisla Lodge in Maine. Programming primarily includes leading evening programs as well as nature walks and other activities. Volunteer Naturalists also help guests with activity planning, answer natural history questions, orient guests to the facility, and offer advice about hiking trails, outdoor gear, and backcountry safety. A few examples of the myriad program topics include pond ecology, White Mountain weather, beaver adaptations, boreal forest walks, history of the Zealand Valley, alpine plant communities, campfire stories, and nature bingo. Essential qualifications include experience hiking nearby trails; an outgoing, friendly personality; experience leading talks and walks; and the ability to plan and deliver natural history programming

Program Volunteers:

help with “Walk-on Programs” by leading short guided hikes or nature walks at the Highland Center and Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. They also engage with guests using hands-on educational displays, called “Table Talks,” and lead other activities. Walk-on Programs are free and open to the public; participants often include families with children and novice hikers. Some Program Volunteers also assist staff adventure guides with multi-day programs, such as Family Intro to Backpacking, Member Welcome Weekends, and Winter 4,000 Footers. Essential qualifications include prior experience hiking nearby trails; an outgoing, friendly personality; knowledge about outdoor gear and backcountry safety; and current Wilderness First Aid & CPR certifications. A discounted Wilderness First Aid course may be available to Program Volunteers.

To receive an application to become a Volunteer Naturalist or Program Volunteer, please contact the Outdoor Program Centers Volunteer Coordinator at amcvolservices@outdoors.org.

Protecting the Alpine Environment

Volunteer Alpine Stewards provide outreach education to help protect the fragile alpine ecosystem above tree line in the White Mountains. As they hike along the Franconia Ridge and on Mt. Washington summit cone trails, Stewards engage with hikers about Leave No Trace principles, alpine ecology, trail conditions, and backcountry safety. Stewards monitor alpine plants at designated research plots, collecting data for AMC’s Mountain Watch, and perform light trail maintenance. The Volunteer Alpine Steward Program is a partnership between the Appalachian Mountain Club, the White Mountain National Forest, and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

Essential qualifications include prior experience hiking White Mountain trails, especially above treeline; an outgoing, friendly personality; and knowledge about outdoor gear and backcountry safety.

To receive an application to become a Volunteer Alpine Steward, please contact the Outdoor Program Centers Volunteer Coordinator at amcvolservices@outdoors.org.

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.

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

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.