Job Board

Working at ADK is Working for Wilderness. ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) 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. From educating day-hikers to lobbying state legislators, our staff work year-round to ensure that this mission is upheld.

We have four locations in New York State—our Member Service Center in Lake George, the Adirondak Loj & Heart Lake Program Center near Lake Placid, Johns Brook Lodge (JBL) in the backcountry of the Adirondack High Peaks region, and our Government Affairs office in Albany. The majority of seasonal positions work at the Heart Lake Program Center, which is famous as a historical site and for hosting the most popular trailhead in New York State. Seasonal staff work here alongside our team of full-time staff to educate the public, assist guests, and promote ADK and its mission. Our other locations handle membership, development, and advocacy, among other duties vital to our organization.

Please see below for job listings, including any full-time openings. Information on how to apply is located at the bottom of the page.

Full-Time Positions


None currently available

 

Seasonal Positions


We are now hiring for the spring/summer 2020 season

Hospitality

Applications accepted until February 15th, 2020

A Loj Crew member sets a tableThe 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.

Location: Adirondak Loj & Heart Lake Program Center (near Lake Placid, New York)

Position Dates: May – October (Flexibility with start/end dates)
Compensation: $11.80 per hour plus tips; on-site housing with board available for a small deduction, discounts on store merchandise, rental equipment, and ADK workshops; and the opportunity to spend time in an incredibly beautiful place.

Full job description here

A front desk clerk speaks on the phoneThe 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.

Location: Adirondak Loj & Heart Lake Program Center (near Lake Placid, New York)

Position Dates: May – October (flexibility with start/end dates)
Compensation: $11.80 per hour, on-site housing with board available for a small deduction, discounts on store merchandise, rental equipment, and ADK workshops; and the opportunity to spend time in an incredibly beautiful place.

Full job description here

A staff member cooks eggs on a flat topThe Hungry Hiker Cook is responsible for operating and handling the activities of ADK’s new food stand, The Hungry Hiker. The cook is responsible for preparing and cooking menu items in a fast paced environment and must adhere to high food quality standards to ensure guest satisfaction. The cook’s duties will also include inventory, ordering, menu planning, welcoming guests who approach the food stand, selling food and drinks, collecting money and tendering change, following proper sanitation guidelines during preparation, service, and cleanup. Additional responsibilities include promoting ADK’s mission, facility and equipment cleaning, and information services.

Location: Adirondak Loj & Heart Lake Program Center (near Lake Placid, New York)

Position Dates: May – October (flexibility with start/end dates)
Compensation: Hourly wage dependent upon experience; on-site housing with board available for a small deduction, discounts on store merchandise, rental equipment, and ADK workshops; and the opportunity to spend time in an incredibly beautiful place.

Full job description here

Staff posing in front of the new Hungry Hiker

The Hungry Hiker staff are responsible for operating and handling the activities of ADK’s new food stand.  Staff duties include welcoming guests who approach the food stand, food preparation and cooking, selling food and drinks, collecting money and tendering change, following proper sanitation guidelines during preparation, service, and cleanup.  Additional responsibilities include promoting ADK’s mission, facility and equipment cleaning, information services, and inventory.

Location: Adirondak Loj & Heart Lake Program Center (near Lake Placid, New York)

Position Dates: May – October (flexibility with start/end dates)
Compensation: $11.80 per hour plus tips; on-site housing with board available for a small deduction, discounts on store merchandise, rental equipment, and ADK workshops; and the opportunity to spend time in an incredibly beautiful place.

Full job description here

A group photo of the 2019 JBL hutcrewThe 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 20 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.  The position requires initiative, communication and organizational skills, knowledge of safe hiking and backpacking practices, and a strong commitment to ADK’s backcountry goals.

Location: Johns Brook Lodge (near Keene Valley, New York)

Position Dates: Early June – Labor Day
Compensation: $11.80 per hour

Full job description here

Education and Outreach

Applications accepted until February 3rd, 2020

A staff member speaks to two hikers while pointing at a map tableHigh Peaks Information Center (HPIC) Staff interact directly with the many visitors to the area, providing trail information, trail conditions updates, weather information, and safety alerts. Other responsibilities include merchandise sales, renting of equipment, parking fee collection (operating ADK’s parking booth), general facilities upkeep & cleaning, promoting the ADK mission and promoting membership. In addition, staff may be called upon to act as a liaison between our visitors and the backcountry forest rangers, facilitating communication of critical information to the rangers during search and rescue operations.

Location: Adirondak Loj & Heart Lake Program Center (near Lake Placid, New York)

Position Dates: May – October (flexibility with start/end dates)
Compensation: $11.80 per hour; LNT training, discounts on store merchandise, rental equipment, and ADK workshops; ADK membership; on-site housing with room & board available for a small deduction, opportunity to spend time in an incredibly beautiful place.

Full job description here

A group of road scholar hikers pose on the summit of JayADK is seeking a dynamic individual for the position of Naturalist Trip Leader. The Naturalist Trip Leader has primary responsibility for leading day hiking, paddling and mountain bike trips for ADK’s Road Scholar participants in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park, as well as giving evening presentations about the natural and cultural history of the Adirondack Park.

Road Scholar is a non-profit travel organization for adults 50 years and up.  ADK hosts 7 Road Scholar programs every summer; 3 hiking based programs and 4 multi-sport programs.  Participants stay at ADK’s Adirondak Loj and go out on outdoor adventures each day.

Location: Adirondak Loj & Heart Lake Program Center (near Lake Placid, New York)

Position Dates: Mid May – September 18th
Compensation: $11.80 per hour with the option for room and board for a small deduction. Additional certifications through Leave No Trace Trainer course, ACA Instructor course, NAI Certified Interpretive Guide possible.

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A man holds a shirt up to look at itBased out of our Member Services Center in Lake George, the retail assistant is a part-time position that handles sales for the Member Services Center store, stocks merchandise, supports retail operations, and provides up-to-date information about the Adirondack Mountain Club and the Adirondack Park to visitors. search

Location: Member Services Center, Lake George, NY

Position Dates: May – October
Compensation: $11.80 per hour

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A naturalist shows a fern to a visitorThe Summer Naturalist Internship with ADK is an excellent opportunity to learn and gain experience creating and conducting natural history programs, promoting responsible recreation and Leave No Trace; and environmental education programs for children and adults. Intern assumes a diversity of responsibilities including: elementary school outreach programming, serving as a summit host on Mt. Jo; developing environmental education and evening programs; public presentations; guided hikes; community outreach; development and maintenance of self-guided trails; managing and staffing the Heart Lake Natural History Museum; and exhibit development. Opportunities for special projects in exhibit design; flora/fauna inventory; interpretation; outdoor recreation; and visitor studies are available during the season.

Location: Adirondak Loj & Heart Lake Program Center (near Lake Placid, New York)

Position Dates: Mid May – late August
Compensation: Stipend of $200 per week, academic credit, full room and board, extensive training and certifications, opportunity to attend ADK workshops for free, opportunity to spend the summer in an incredibly beautiful place

Full job description here

A summit steward speaks with two hikersSummit stewards are 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, summit stewards are 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 Stewardship Program is a partnership of ADK, the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Location: Adirondak Loj & Heart Lake Program Center (near Lake Placid, New York)

Position Dates: May 22 – September 7
Compensation:  $11.80 per hour

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A woman crouches on a mountain summitThe Wilderness Trip Leader has primary responsibility for leading backpacking trips and day hikes up High Peaks in the Adirondack Park. The Trip Leader will spend 3-4 days per week leading backpacking and hiking trips in the Adirondack Forest Preserve. Along the way the Trip Leader will teach Leave No Trace skills and ethics to the group. The Trip Leader is responsible for all trip logistics, managing risk and group dynamics.

Location: Adirondak Loj & Heart Lake Program Center (near Lake Placid, New York)

Position Dates: Late May – October 18 (end date may have some flexibility)
Compensation: $11.80 per hour with the option for room and board for a small deduction. Leave No Trace Trainer course included.

Full job description here

Trails

Applications accepted until February 15th, 2020

Two trail crew members carry lumberThe 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.

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.

Location: Adirondak Loj & Heart Lake Program Center (near Lake Placid, New York)

Position Dates: May – August
Compensation: $11.80 per hour

Full job description here

Participants in a trail project pose together

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.

Location: Adirondak Loj & Heart Lake Program Center (near Lake Placid, New York)

Position Dates: June – August
Compensation: $11.80 per hour

Full job description here

The summit without the Skylight rock pile

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.

Location: Adirondak Loj & Heart Lake Program Center (near Lake Placid, New York)

Position Dates: May – August
Compensation: $11.80 per hour

Full job description here

How to Apply

For summer seasonal positions, please send all resumes and cover letters to:

ADK Jobs
Adirondack Mountain Club
PO Box 867
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Re: Position Title(s)
Fax: 518-523-3518
Ph. 518-523-3480

For positions at our other locations and full-time employment, please use the contact information provided in the associated full job description link.