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The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is dedicated to the conservation, preservation, and responsible recreational use of the New York State Forest Preserve and other parks, wild lands, and waters vital to our members and chapters.

ADK seeks the preservation of our wild lands and waters through CONSERVATION and ADVOCACY. ADK provides rewarding and responsible outdoor RECREATIONAL opportunities and meaningful EDUCATIONAL programs to both our members and the public. ADK undertakes the careful STEWARDSHIP of the lands and waters for which we are responsible. ADK CARES!

Current Openings
Development Associate
Supervised Volunteer Trail Crew Leader

Seasonal Positions
Summit Steward
Professional Trail Crew
Supervised Volunteer Trail Crew Leader
Trails Food Coordinator
Johns Brook Lodge Crew
Adirondak Loj Crew
Adirondak Loj Front Desk
Summer Naturalist Intern
Wilderness Trip Leader
Maintenance Assistance
High Peaks Information Center



Development Associate

Job Description: Supports the activities of the Development Department to ensure the highest quality customer service, accuracy and completeness of donor records and correspondence; creates donor acknowledgments and assists with donor recognition and department reporting. Prepares reports and materials as well as confidential correspondence for the Development Director. Assists in meeting fund raising goals.

Responsibilities:
  • Record gifts, gifts in kind, matching gifts, pledges and recurring donations in Raisers Edge
  • Support the acknowledgment and recognition program ensuring donors are thanked and recognized for their gifts appropriately and in a timely fashion
  • Manage recurring gifts and pledges
  • Support the Director of Development with major giving, legacy society and capital campaigns including preparing reports, materials and confidential correspondence, and assisting with donor cultivation meetings and events; maintain donor files
  • Manage departmental calendar to track due dates
  • Assist Director with planning, logistics, and registration for major donor cultivation events
  • Assist Annual Fund Manager with annual fund events including planning, logistics, registration, corporate sponsorships and auction item solicitation
  • Assist Annual Fund Manager with matching gift, United Way campaigns and employee giving programs
  • Support fundraising volunteers and ambassadors to ensure they have accurate and timely information to assist them with their fundraising projects; assist in the coordination of peer-to-peer campaigns
  • Assist with the creation and distribution of fundraising and donor recognition materials
  • Some grant research and grant preparation
  • Supplemental duties/responsibilities to support other Club operations/functions as requested.
Candidate Profile:
  • High professional standards, and communicates with diplomacy and tact
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and minimum of 1 year experience in fundraising/development in nonprofit and/or membership organization (marketing and/or communications background helpful)
  • Knowledge of database management, spreadsheets, data analysis, report writing.
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge preferred; experience with fundraising software strongly preferred.
  • Must possess strong oral and written communication skills (writing samples will be required)
  • Competency with Microsoft Office Suite required
Classification and Work Schedule:
  • Non-Exempt
  • Full time: 8:30am – 5pm
  • Work week: M-F, some weekend and evening work required
Salary Range: $30,000 – $35,000

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Summit Steward

High Peaks Summit Steward is responsible for educating the hiking public about the rare and fragile alpine communities of the Adirondack High Peaks Region in New York State. In addition, the Summit Steward is responsible for conducting biological inventories and monitoring for the New York Natural Heritage Program; and alpine restoration. Stewards spend five days at a time camping in remote backcountry sites and complete strenuous hikes each day to a nearby summit. The Summit Steward Program is a cooperative effort of the Adirondack Mountain Club, the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and New York State Natural Heritage Program.

Qualifications: BS/graduate work in natural sciences; environmental interpretation/education; ecology; botany; or related field. Work experience in environmental interpretation/education; field research; living in remote backcountry settings; and working with diverse populations. Candidates should possess excellent communication, organizational, public speaking, and interpersonal skills. Applicants should have knowledge of natural history, alpine ecology, botany, and of the Adirondack landscape. French language ability and wilderness first aid preferred. Applicants must have a strong desire to be challenged physically and mentally, while working in the remote backcountry in extreme conditions.

Positions: Summit Steward (4)

Location: High Peaks Wilderness - Adirondack Mountains, Lake Placid, NY

Position Dates: Memorial Day – Labor Day Weekend; One Steward - May thru Columbus Day Weekend.

Work Schedule: 5 days in the backcountry (including weekends and holidays) 2 days off

Compensation: $10.00 per hour, housing & food for days off provided

Closing Date: February 15, 2016

Please send resume and cover letter to:

ADK Jobs

Adirondack Mountain Club

PO Box 867

Lake Placid, NY 12946

Re: Summit Steward Program

ncadmin@adk.org

Fax: 518-523-3518

Ph. 518-523-3480

www.adk.org


Professional Trail Crew

The Adirondack Mountain Club’s professional trail crew conducts maintenance and rehabilitates backcountry trails in both the Adirondack and Catskill parks. Using basic hand tools, a wide variety of trail stabilization structures are constructed using native materials. The crew camps for a week at a time nearby work locations in the back country. Training is provided prior to the beginning of the field season.

Qualifications & Responsibilities: Applicants should have experience using trail building tools and be familiar with trail reconstruction/maintenance techniques. Candidates should have the desire to be both physically and mentally challenged while working in the out-of-doors in extreme conditions, to include but not limited to rain, snow, sleet, gales, hot and cold temperatures, insects and lots of mud! Candidates should have the desire to work on solo trail projects and as a team member on a 4-6 person crew.

Applicants should have experience backpacking with ability to carry a heavy load for a long distance. Crew members share in the packing of group camping gear, tools and food, along with personal gear to the various project sites and assist in food preparation. Crew members are responsible for maintaining trail tools, equipment and the trail cabin facility to the highest standard.

Position: Professional Trail Crew

Location: Adirondack Mountain Club, Heart Lake Property

Position Dates: May 20- August 18, extended season available

Work Schedule: 5 days in the backcountry (including weekends and holidays) 1 & 1/2 days off

Compensation: $10.00 per hour, Room and Board provided

Closing Date: February 15, 2016

Please send resume and cover letter to:

ADK Jobs

Adirondack Mountain Club

PO Box 867

Lake Placid, NY 12946

Re: Professional Trails Program

ncadmin@adk.org

Fax: 518-523-3518

Ph. 518-523-3480

www.adk.org


Supervised Volunteer Trail Crew Leader

The Volunteer Trail Crew Leader is a paid seasonal employee of the Adirondack Mountain Club, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s principal partner in the maintenance and reconstruction of backcountry trails on Forest Preserve lands. The Volunteer Trail Crew Leader is responsible for working with, educating, supervising and motivating volunteers. Crews live and work in a backcountry setting in the Adirondack Park. Using basic hand tools, a wide variety of trail stabilization structures are constructed using native materials. Approximately half of the trail projects in a given season are specifically for high school age (14-17) participants. The Volunteer Trail Crew Leaders provides for a safe, positive, and educational volunteer experience while accomplishing the highest quality trail work possible.

Qualifications: Applicants should have prior experience leading and teaching groups of all ages in a wilderness setting and have trail work experience while keeping an open mind to learn new trail construction/maintenance techniques. Candidates should have an exceptional ability to motivate and engage volunteers under adverse conditions (i.e. insects, mud, poor weather, and difficult group dynamics) and the capability to keep a positive attitude while supervising a group to accomplish the task at hand. Applicants should have experience backpacking and the capacity to carry tools and supplies for a long distance. Candidates should have a current first aid certification and knowledge of low-impact camping techniques. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and be 21 years old.

Position: Volunteer Trail Crew Leader (2)

Location: Adirondack Mountain Club, Heart Lake Property

Position Dates: May 13 – August 19, extended season available

Work Schedule: 5 days in the backcountry (including weekends and holidays) 1 &1/2 days off

Compensation: $10.50 per hour, Room and Board provided

Closing Date: March 15, 2016

Please send resume and cover letter to:

ADK Jobs

Adirondack Mountain Club

PO Box 867

Lake Placid, NY 12946

Re: Professional Trails Program

ncadmin@adk.org

Fax: 518-523-3518

Ph. 518-523-3480

www.adk.org


Trails Food Coordinator

The Trails Food Coordinator is a paid seasonal employee of the Adirondack Mountain Club Trails Program, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s principle partner in the maintenance and reconstruction of backcountry facilities on Forest Preserve lands within the Adirondack and Catskill Parks. The primary role of the Trails Food Coordinator is the efficient and timely provision of food for both the ADK Professional and Volunteer Trail Crews. The food that the trails program receives is crucial in maintaining a positive and safe work environment.

Qualifications and Responsibilities: Candidates should have a working knowledge of ordering, receiving, packaging, and inventory of food and supplies. Candidates must be highly organized, have excellent communication skills, and be able to work both as an individual and as a team. Candidates must also love to cook and hike!

Position: Trails Food Coordinator

Location: Adirondack Mountain Club, Heart Lake Property

Position Dates: May 11 – August 18, extended season available

Work Schedule: Varies depending on crew schedule

Compensation: $10.25 per hour, Full-time,Room and Board provided

Closing Date: February 15, 2016

Please send resume and cover letter to:

ADK Jobs

Adirondack Mountain Club

PO Box 867

Lake Placid, NY 12946

Re: Trails Food Coordinator

ncadmin@adk.org

Fax: 518-523-3518

Ph. 518-523-3480

www.adk.org


Lodging

Johns Brook Lodge Crew

The JBL crew is responsible for the daily operation of the main Lodge and the up keep of the outbuildings, which include Grace Camp, Camp Peggy O’Brien and the 3 Lean-tos, as well as patrolling, in general, the 24 acres of ADK property in the Johns Brook Valley. Daily operation includes preparation and serving of two hot meals and a bag lunch each day in July and August. Stay may be required to act as a communication conduit between an injured/missing party and the NYS Forest Rangers. The JBL crew also promotes responsible recreation through their interactions with the public and guests.

Qualifications: Ability to hike into a facility 3.5 miles from the nearest road while carrying loads up to one half your body weight, good communication skills and ability to work and live with other staff in close quarters, general cooking and baking experience a plus, knowledge of backcountry camping and the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness a plus. Wilderness First-Aid or First Responder training is beneficial but not necessary.

Position: Assistant Hutmaster (1), Lodge Crew (4)

Location: Johns Brook Lodge in the High Peaks Wilderness with accommodations for off days provided at the Heart Lake Program Center outside of Lake Placid, NY.

Position Dates: June 16th - September 1st (4 positions, dates flexible), early May - October 13th (1 position)

Work Schedule: 5 days in the backcountry (including weekends and holidays) 1 & 1/2 days off

Compensation: Pay varies with experience, tip share included; opportunity to learn Adirondack natural/cultural history, outdoor recreation, stewardship, and customer service skills. Staff also have the opportunity or are required to participate in a variety of nationally recognized training programs. Live and work in a beautiful place!

Closing Date: February 15, 2016

Please send resume and cover letter to:

ADK Jobs

Adirondack Mountain Club

PO Box 867

Lake Placid, NY 12946

Re: Johns Brook Lodge

ncadmin@adk.org

Fax: 518-523-3518

Ph. 518-523-3480

www.adk.org


Adirondak Loj Crew

The Loj Crew forms the backbone of the Heart Lake property staff. Loj crew members are responsible for housekeeping and serving guests meals. Loj Crew sets up and serves breakfast, makes trail lunches, cleans rooms, bathrooms, and common areas of the Adirondak Loj, and sets up and serves dinner. Other duties include campground facility cleaning, assistance with food preparation, information services, and guest relations.

Qualifications: Previous experience working in hospitality & customer service. Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, motivated, enthusiastic, and pays attention to details. Candidates must be comfortable in a teamwork environment and with shared, coed living quarters. Enjoys living in the mountains and recreating in the outdoors.

Position: Loj Crew

Location: Adirondak Loj, Heart Lake Program Center, Lake Placid, NY.

Position Dates: May -August

Work Schedule: 5 days on (including weekends and holidays), 2 days off

Compensation: Pay varies with experience, tip share included, with the option for room and board for a small deduction.

Closing Date: February 15, 2016

Please send resume and cover letter to:

ADK Jobs

Adirondack Mountain Club

PO Box 867

Lake Placid, NY 12946

Re: Adirondak Loj

ncadmin@adk.org

Fax: 518-523-3518

Ph. 518-523-3480

www.adk.org


Adirondak Loj Front Desk

The Front Desk personnel are the first impression many guests get of the Adirondack Mountain Club and its facilities. Upon them lies the responsibility of creating a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, whether over the phone or in person. They are also responsible for the accurate transaction of all reservations, deposits and guest bills for all facilities.

Qualifications: Applicants should have strong communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to work with a wide variety of guests, members, and staff. Prior experience in lodge/bed and breakfast field and customer service with an emphasis on telephone skills. Front Desk personnel are responsible for all operations of the front office including check ins, check outs, all reservations, general information, and handling all phone calls. Applicants should be detail oriented with the ability to thrive in a busy and stressful work environment, have a clear speaking voice, and clear and legible handwriting. Knowledge and interest in the surrounding hiking trails is also preferred.

Position: Seasonal Front Desk (1),

Location: Adirondak Loj, Heart Lake Program Center, Lake Placid, NY.

Position Dates: May – September/October

Work Schedule: 5 days on (including weekends and holidays), 2 days off

Compensation: Pay varies with experience with the option for room and board for a small deduction.

Closing Date: February 15, 2016

Please send resume and cover letter to:

ADK Jobs

Adirondack Mountain Club

PO Box 867

Lake Placid, NY 12946

Re: Adirondak Loj Front Desk

ncadmin@adk.org

Fax: 518-523-3518

Ph. 518-523-3480

www.adk.org


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