Become an AMC Volunteer

AMC offers COVID conscious opportunities to enjoy the outdoors locally, visit many of our lodges and campgrounds, and join virtual events and activities. Participants of all in-person events should bring and wear face coverings, expect social distancing, and changes to our usual practices. To support contact tracing and hands-free signing of the AMC liability waiver, online registration is required for all in person AMC events.

Volunteering is a great way to participate in the Appalachian Mountain Club. In addition to performing a much needed service, you will make many life-long friendships. The AMC is a family of individuals who treasure the outdoors. Thousands of folks have added AMC volunteer experience to their resumes.

Volunteer Opportunities

Trip Leaders

We always need trip leaders for day and weekend trips. You need to have an adequate skill in the proposed activity but you do not need to be an expert. You do need to enjoy organizing activities and helping participants to enjoy themselves safely.

Each activity committee has different leadership requirements depending on the level of skill required for that activity. You must be an AMC member and registered as a trip leader with the committee you wish to lead trips for. There are usually two trip leaders on every weekend trip.

We highly recommend the Boston Chapter Trip Leadership Program run each spring and fall. It is advertised in the Charles River MUD. It involves two lectures held on two week nights followed by a weekend that focuses on teaching leadership skills through understanding group dynamics and decision making.

For more information on the upcoming Leadership Program, use this site's Contact form and choose "Leadership Training" from the drop-down list labeled "Category."

Outdoor Skill Instructors

Several committees such as Hiking/Backpacking, Skiing, Biking, Mountaineering, and Paddling run beginner instruction programs. Qualified instructors are always welcome. Those with leadership skills and experience in other organizations will find a home immediately!

Trail Maintenance

Some AMC members participate in the AMC Adopt-A-Trail program. Those trails are usually located in the White Mountains. The Boston Chapter also has a Trail Maintenance Committee. The Trails Committee runs local trail clearing days and helps to maintain many local hiking trails.

The Charles River MUD

We are always looking for well written articles about the outdoors, conservation issues, your experiences on AMC trips, tips on outdoor clothing and equipment, poetry, - you name it. Articles should be approximately 500 words and submitted by email as ASCII or MS Word files. Contact: Mud Editor

Committee Members

These are the unsung heroes who are really responsible to ensure that we keep on having trails to hike, skills training, and safe outdoor trips. They do the behind the scenes work to plan programs, trip schedules, potlucks, trip leader meetings, committee newsletters, and many tasks too numerous to mention.

In addition to activity committees, there are service committees such as the MUD, Conservation, and Membership committees.