Job Board

Be part of a wonderful team and help protect the places you love. 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.

Director of Development

The primary responsibility of the Development Director is to provide leadership that ensures ADK meets its development goals and continues to grow. This executive-level position will work closely with internal partners to plan, organize, manage, and execute a detailed strategic plan and a detailed communications plan to support ADK’s annual and long-range fund-raising efforts, its mission, and to meet ADK’s goals. Additionally, the Development Director will assist in promoting the organization to its stakeholders.

Location: Lake George Member Services Center with frequent travel to Albany Office
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday with some evenings and weekends for meetings, programs, and/or events
Reports To: Executive Director
Supervises: Development Assistant, Annual Fund Manager, and Communications Manager

For a full description of the position click here.

Please send resume, cover letter and three references to ADK by June 30, 2017. Address materials to:
Search Committee
ADK
814 Goggins Road
Lake George, NY 12845
virginia@adk.org

Seasonal Positions

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, 2017

Please send resume and cover letter to:
ADK Jobs
Adirondack Mountain Club
PO Box 867
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Re: Summit Steward Program
Fax: 518-523-3518
Ph. 518-523-3480

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. The entire 24 member trail crew will be broken up into two smaller groups.  One group will work throughout the Adirondack Park and live in Lake Placid.  The other group will work and live in the Catskill Park in New York State.

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 19- 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, 2017

Please send resume and cover letter to:
ADK Jobs
Adirondack Mountain Club
PO Box 867
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Re: Professional Trails Program
Fax: 518-523-3518
Ph. 518-523-3480

 

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, 2017

Please send resume and cover letter to:
ADK Jobs
Adirondack Mountain Club
PO Box 867
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Re: Trails Food Coordinator
Fax: 518-523-3518
Ph. 518-523-3480

Catskill Trails Coordinator

The Catskill Coordinator oversees day to day operations and is responsible for all aspects of the Professional and Volunteer Trail Crews working in the Catskill Forest Preserve in New York State. You will be the direct line supervisor for a 12 member trail crew during a 10 week summer season.

Qualifications & Responsibilities:  The Catskill Coordinator candidate must be a highly motivated, organized individual who has a strong knowledge of trail maintenance and construction techniques.  Must have at least four years of trail work experience and at least two years’ experience leading crew (s). Past work with volunteers a plus. Ability to communicate effectively in meetings or to large groups a must. Applicants should be competent with Microsoft programs and utilizing a G.P.S. unit. He/She should have experience and feel comfortable working in an outdoor environment. Must be physically and mentally capable for intensive manual labor and hiking. Responsibilities include, coordinating and planning trail work projects and schedules. Will oversee and direct training.  Supervise the Catskill trail crews throughout the work week to ensure safety and work standards are being met.  Applicant will act as liaison with supervisors in Lake Placid, and keep them abreast of all developments pertaining to your employees.  Assist in maintenance and ordering of equipment, keeping all purchases within budgetary guidelines.  Ensures employees safety and personnel protocols are being adhered to at all times.

Position: Catskill Trails Coordinator
Location: Catskill Park
Position Dates: April 1 – August 18, extended season available
Work Schedule: 3-4 days in the backcountry, 1-2 days administrative work.  1 & 1/2 days off (including weekends and holidays).
Compensation: Salary dependent on experience.  Room and Board provided
Closing Date: February 15, 2017

Please send resume and cover letter to:
ADK Jobs
Adirondack Mountain Club
PO Box 867
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Re: Catskill Coordinator
Fax: 518-523-3518
Ph. 518-523-3480

 

Lodging

 

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-October (dates flexible)
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, 2017

Please send resume and cover letter to:
ADK Jobs
Adirondack Mountain Club
PO Box 867
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Re: Adirondak Loj
Fax: 518-523-3518
Ph. 518-523-3480

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: March 25, 2017

Please send resume and cover letter to:
ADK Jobs
Adirondack Mountain Club
PO Box 867
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Re: Adirondak Loj Front Desk
Fax: 518-523-3518
Ph. 518-523-3480

Wilderness Trip Leader

ADK is seeking a dynamic individual for the position of Seasonal Wilderness Trip Leader. The Wilderness Trip Leader has primary responsibility for leading wilderness courses and trips for the Adirondack Mountain Club in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park, as well as instruction of ADK’s Outdoor Education workshops focused on responsible recreational use and environmental stewardship. Responsibilities: The Wilderness Trip Leader will spend 3-4 days leading backpacking and hiking trips in the Adirondack Forest Preserve. Instruct high quality outdoor skills programs for adults and groups (colleges, chapters, special programs) – including but not limited to backpacking, canoeing, wilderness leadership, and other workshops/programs as necessary. Provide accurate and timely program follow-up with specific records of participants, and expenses. Maintain a log of equipment use for programs. Have the ability to fill in for/assist education staff as needed.

Qualifications:

  • College student or graduate with degree in related field
  • At least two years experience and demonstrated ability in outdoor trip leading & teaching backcountry skills with adults and youth
  • Excellent people skills – communication, friendly, personable
  • High level of competence in areas of instruction: backpacking, low-impact camping, map & compass, off-trail navigation, natural history
  • High level of competence with trip logistics: route identification, navigation, equipment needs, dietary requirements and food packing, and group dynamics and conflict resolution
  • Knowledge of the natural history of the Adirondacks helpful
  • Act as professional role model for ADK, demonstrating at all times a stewardship ethic and responsible wilderness leadership
  • Maintain ongoing communication between education staff and front desk personnel concerning programming/lodges needs
  • Willingness to work extended hours/days in the field while on trips
  • A valid driver’s license and personal vehicle for transportation necessary
  • Current Wilderness First Responder certificate required or willingness to obtain
  • A valid New York State Guide’s license or willingness to obtain
  • Previous experience backpacking and hiking in the Adirondack Park

Position: Seasonal Wilderness Trip Leader (1)
Location: Heart Lake in the High Peaks Wilderness
Position Dates: May 1 – October 15 (end date may have some flexibility)
Work Schedule: 3-4 days in the backcountry plus 1 prep day, 2 days off per week
Compensation: $11.00 per hour plus full room and board. Additional certifications through Leave No Trace Trainer course, ACA Instructor course, NAI Certified Interpretive Guide possible.

Please send resume and cover letter to:
ADK Jobs
Adirondack Mountain Club
PO Box 867
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Re: Wilderness Trip Leader
Fax: 518-523-3518
Ph. 518-523-3480

Summer Naturalist Intern

The 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.

Qualifications:

• Educational background in environmental education/interpretation, natural history, natural sciences or related field.
• Previous experience working in education, outdoor recreation, or a nature/visitor center
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, public speaking, professionalism, and outdoor leadership
• Ability to work both independently and as a team member
• High level of organizational skills to effectively plan, teach, and administer the diverse demands of the job, and keep detailed records
• Motivated, enthusiastic, creative, and willing to work with people of all ages
• Familiarity with the Adirondacks a plus and love of the outdoors a MUST!

Position: Summer Naturalist Intern (5)
Location: Heart Lake in the High Peaks Wilderness
Position Dates: (1) Early May-September (4) May 22- late August
Work Schedule: varies according to programming needs; 44 hours/week
Compensation: Stipend: $200/week, full room (rustic!) and board, academic credit, extensive training and certifications, opportunity to attend ADK workshops w/out charge, opportunity spend the summer in an incredibly beautiful place!

Please send resume and cover letter to:

ADK Jobs
Adirondack Mountain Club
PO Box 867
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Re: Summer Naturalist Intern
Fax: 518-523-3518
Ph. 518-523-3480

Application Deadline: February 1, 2017 or until positions have been filled.

High Peaks Information Center Staff

The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) seeks hard working, outgoing individuals to staff the High Peaks Information Center (HPIC- NEWLY RENOVATED!), located at our Heart Lake Program Center in the Adirondack High Peaks Region. 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 renting of equipment, parking fee collection, general facilities upkeep, promoting the ADK mission, and promoting membership and merchandise sales. 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.

Qualifications:

Candidates must be comfortable working both as a team and individually, and willing to work in close quarters with their co-workers. HPIC employees must have high comfort level speaking and working with high volumes of visitors and working in a fast-paced environment. Candidates must be highly motivated, enthusiastic and have the flexibility to work and communicate with people of all ages and experience levels. ADK expects the highest level of courtesy and customer service from its employees; previous retail and customer service is helpful. Previous hiking experience in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks is helpful. Familiarity with Leave No Trace principles is helpful; love of hiking and being outdoors is a must!
Position: HPIC staff
Location: Heart Lake Program Center in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness Area of the Adirondack Park, near Lake Placid, NY.
Position Dates: Early May through October 29th (with flexibility depending on school schedule)
Work Schedule: varies according to programming needs; up to 44 hours/week including weekends /holidays; normally 5 days on and 2 days off.
Compensation: $10.00/hour; discounts on store merchandise, rental equipment, and ADK workshops; ADK membership; limited, rustic, on-site housing with board available for a small deduction, Leave No Trace trainer course, CPR/AED training, Customer Service training, opportunity to spend time in an incredibly beautiful place.

Please send resume and cover letter to:
ADK Jobs
Adirondack Mountain Club
PO Box 867
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Re: High Peaks Information Center Staff
Fax: 518-523-3518
Ph. 518-523-3480

Application Deadline: March 25, 2017