Job Opportunities

Seasonal Preserve Trail and Maintenance Worker
Seasonal Preserve Trail & Maintenance Worker 
Pay Rate: $11 – $12 / per hour

The Arc of Appalachia is seeking a seasonal trail and maintenance worker for our preserve system.

Headquarters: the Highlands Nature Sanctuary
Hours: 32 to 40 hours/week, overtime eligible
Pay Type: hourly
Weekend Work Required: as assigned or as needed to fulfill work requirements
Daily Working Hours:  Flexible work schedule
Supervisor: Land Stewardship and Volunteer Manager
Housing Provided: housing may be available if needed as a monthly rental
Transportation: vehicle provided, reimbursement for personal mileage is not permitted unless authorized

Duties and Responsibilities

Assists Stewardship Manager with Arc Hiking Trails.
Assists with maintenance and installation of hiking trails as assigned.
Maintains all trailheads by trimming and mowing around the parking areas, and removing weeds with herbicide on the graveled trailheads when needed.
Assists Stewardship Manager with invasive plant removal as assigned.
Applies herbicides in accordance with government regulations and policies that apply to the organization.
Grounds keeping.
Maintains the manicured landscapes within the Arc preserve system by routine mowing and trimming.
Assist in implementing strategic plan priorities and conservation management plans, as assigned.
Maintenance Tasks and Equipment Maintenance.
Operates and maintains equipment and tools in good working order as instructed, including proper fueling, greasing, and cleaning of tools in accordance with provided training.
Assists Facility Manager.
Assists facility manager with labor and expertise on facility projects as assigned, collaborating and cooperating on projects where extra hands are needed.
Assists Land Steward & Volunteer Manager.
Assists Land Steward Manager with labor and expertise on projects as assigned, collaborating when extra hands are needed
Community Relationship-Building.
Conducts one’s behavior and appearance in an appropriate manner to enhance the image and standing of the Arc with the local communities.
Special Projects and other duties as assigned, including readying facilities for education programs or other Arc activities as assigned.


·        Experience driving a pickup truck with a trailer is desired
·        Experience using a riding lawn mower and running a string trimmer is desired
·        Experience with running and maintaining chainsaws and working with hand tools is desired.
·        Knowledge and interest in land management, and environmental stewardship
·        Ability to identify some native and invasive plants, additional training provided.
·        High School Diploma or equivalent preferred.
·        Must use own vehicle, have valid driver’s license and insurance.  Use of work truck available for towing the trailer and mower.

To Apply:

Send the following to the Land Stewardship Manager, Tim Pohlar at

Please submit a resume including experience, qualifications and references with a cover letter.

Volunteer Opportunities

  Invasive Removal

We are in IMMENSE need of volunteers who enjoy healing the land and working outdoors to remove invasive plants from our vulnerable ecosystems.


 Museum Hosting

The Arc operates Museums and Visitor Centers for the public at both the Highlands Nature Sanctuary and Fort Hill. Museum Hosts greet visitors, help orient them to hiking trails in the entire Arc System, and interpret the outstanding natural history of their sites. 

Museum hosts work weekends during the April through October Museum season, covering shifts that range from 5 – 7 hours a day – usually working an average of one or two days a month. Lodging is available.

The Arc has a training day for new hosts and old each March, and a reunion in the fall. Sign up for our email updates to receive dates of our host spring orientation. If you have any questions in the meantime, write to