Your Very Next Step newsletter for October 2012

 Your Very Next Step newsletter for October 2012
By Ned Lundquist


“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.”

– Vincent Van Gogh


“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
– Lao Tzu


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***  Ned’s upcoming travel:


8-13 November                Doha, Qatar

13-16 November              Manama, Bahrain
*** In this issue:

***  Sly Ways to Beat Delayed Flights

***  The National Trails System and the National Scenic Trails

***  Winery Creates Symphony With Wine Glasses

***  Help NWF Get 10 Million Kids Outdoors! 

***  Travel Agents’ Tips for Stormy Weather Journeys

***  Don’t be ticked off



*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:


1.)  Trail Ranger Program, Montgomery County Department of Parks, Silver Spring, MD

2.)  Pence Park Trail Restoration, Pence Park, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, Evergreen, CO

3.)  VOLUNTEER EVENT ASSISTANT, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust , Seattle, WA


*** National Rail-Trail of the month:

Trail of the Month: October 2012
New York’s Erie Canalway Trail
*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:

1.)  External Affairs Director, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Portland, OR

2.)  Vice President/Executive Director, Audubon New York, New York, NY

3.)  Associate Photo Editor, NWF, Reston, VA

4.)  Graphic Designer, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, NY US

5.)  Gorman Chairback Cabins and Lodge Manager, Appalachian Mountain Club, Greenville, Maine

6.)  Publishing Director, AMC Outdoors Magazine, Appalachian Mountain Club, Boston, MA


…and much more…and it’s all FREE!!!

*** Do you have a travel adventure to share?

Send me your stories and I’ll post in the “Your Very Next Step” and on the YVNS website (


***  Sly Ways to Beat Delayed Flights


***  The National Trails System and the National Scenic Trails


***  Winery Creates Symphony With Wine Glasses


Italian winery Tasca d’Almerita, with help from Mosaicoon, hired some professionals to make music with 250 wine glasses with 130 liters of wine.


***  Help NWF Get 10 Million Kids Outdoors! 


Today, the amount of time kids spend outside is alarmingly low–only minutes per day–while screen time is at an all-time high (upwards of seven hours). NWF has set a new goal to stem the tide and move kids back outdoors. Our three-year goal is to get 10 million more American children out of the indoor habitat and into the great outdoors. This goal propels us toward a future when all kids spend time outside each day, creating a generation of happier, healthier children with more awareness and connection to the natural world. Visit to learn more.


***  Travel Agents’ Tips for Stormy Weather Journeys


***  Don’t be ticked off


The most effective tick repellents


By Matt Heid


AMC Outdoors, October 2012


Deer ticks are pernicious, nasty little critters. Common throughout the Northeast, these parasitic bloodsuckers are the primary vector for Lyme disease, an unpleasant and potentially serious illness that is well worth avoiding. Your goal is to prevent deer ticks from enjoying their sanguineous feast and possibly transmitting the disease-causing bacterium. Here are the best, most effective repellents and techniques.


For more information, including tips on tick identification and removal, visit the Tick Education Resource Center at


The Deer Tick Life Cycle


First, understand your enemy. Deer ticks have an unusual three-stage, two-year lifecycle, which begins during the summer when their eggs hatch as larvae. Once a larva obtains a blood meal from a host, it molts and becomes a nymph. Nymphs are tiny—about the size of the period at the end of this sentence—and spend winter underground before emerging in late spring; their populations typically peak during June and July. Once a nymph successfully feeds on another host, it transforms into a larger adult, which then seeks a final blood meal to provide the sustenance needed to mate and reproduce. Adult deer ticks are most abundant in October and November, with a secondary period of activity in April and May.


Deer Ticks and Lyme Disease


Deer ticks do not hatch as carriers of Lyme disease, but if a larva or nymph feeds on an infected host (typically a deer or mouse), it will become a disease-carrying nymph or adult, respectively. Nymphs represent the greatest threat due to their near-microscopic size; they cause most cases of Lyme disease in humans. (The majority of victims never see the tick that bit them.) Once an infected tick attaches to a person, it takes a minimum of 24 hours before it can transmit the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.


Repel Ticks: Use DEET


Of all the various insect repellents available, DEET has been shown to be the most effective at repelling ticks. “There is pretty good data that DEET works against ticks,” confirms Durland Fish, professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. Other repellents, including those that contain picaridin, are simply not proven to fend off the blood-suckers. “We’re pretty confident that DEET works,” agrees Dr. Tom Mather, director of the Center for Vector-Borne Disease at the University of Rhode Island and its Tick Encounter Resource Center. “Those other repellents have just not been effectively tested against ticks.”


Kill Ticks: Use Permethrin


DEET may work at repelling ticks, but Mather advises it only as a second line of defense. His top recommendation: Wear tick-repellent clothing treated with permethrin, which kills ticks after only five to 30 seconds of exposure. “Permethrin is dried into your clothes,” Mather explains, “and if you purchase treated clothing or have it commercially treated, it can last 70 washings.” (Insect Shield, which produces its own line of insect-repellent apparel, will treat clothing for $8 to $10 an item.) Alternatively, you can treat clothing yourself, though home treatments last for only about four to five washings, Mather says.


Where to Protect Yourself


The most important areas to defend are your feet and ankles. “Your shoes are the primary interface with nymphs and larva, which crawl up from the leaf litter,” Mather explains. Apply permethrin and/or DEET to your shoes and socks and you’ll establish a powerful barrier against your Lilliputian foes. Adult ticks, on the other hand, will climb up on tall grass and low-lying bushes, allowing them to latch on at the calf or above. Wear treated pants and shorts to fend them off, and apply DEET to your legs if they’re exposed. For maximum protection, wear treated clothing from top to bottom.


Tick-Fighting Fashion Tips


Wearing light-colored garments makes it easier to spot a tick crawling on you. Ticks latch easily onto coarser weaves, such as those in heavy canvas pants; opt instead for smoother, tightly woven fabrics. Another standard recommendation is to tuck your pants into your socks to prevent ticks from crawling out of sight underneath your clothing, though Mather wryly notes that this is a “fashion statement that never went anywhere. Why even push a health message that few people will follow?” he asks. Whatever your fashion sense, taking some or all of the precautions outlined above will greatly reduce the odds of an unpleasant tick encounter. But keep in mind that ticks are tenacious and capable of finding even the smallest gap in your defense—always check yourself thoroughly after any outing into tick country, especially in those warm dark corners below the belt where ticks love to hide.




University of Rhode Island TickEncounter Resource Center


*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

1.)  Trail Ranger Program, Montgomery County Department of Parks, Silver Spring, MD


Become our boots on the ground for reporting trail problems and performing light maintenance. Volunteer Trail Rangers are dedicated trail users who want to and help us inspect and maintain our natural surface trails in various locations countywide. Accepted applicants receive training and official parks gear.


Trail Rangers inspect and perform some light maintenance on an assigned trail every three months and after major storm events. It’s a great way to make a big difference on the trails you use without a big time commitment! Minimum Age: 18.

There are many parks facilities and events currently looking for volunteers. To see if there’s a match for your time and talent please visit




Volunteer Services Office



2.)  Pence Park Trail Restoration, Pence Park, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, Evergreen, CO




Help restore a popular biking trail that has suffered severe erosion in Pence Park, just outside of Evergreen.




Pence Park, located just outside of Evergreen in Jefferson County, is a popular park for hikers and mountain bikers. Many mountain bikers flock to ride from Lair of the Bear to Pence Park which offers a scenic 13 mile ride just minutes from the Denver metro area.




Riders who bike to Pence Park from Lair of the Bear tend to get creative in their route back to Lair of the Bear by shortcutting the trail system. Volunteers will help complete a loop within the park that will limit address off-trail use. Because the trail is not currently defined, many visitors have gone off the trail, which has caused severe erosion.




Denver Mountain Parks




Meals: light breakfast; lunch


3.)  VOLUNTEER EVENT ASSISTANT, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, Seattle, WA


Position Description:

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust leads and inspires action to conserve and enhance the landscape from Seattle across the Cascade Mountains to Central Washington, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature.


The Greenway Trust Volunteer Program is seeking Volunteer Assistants to help lead Saturday volunteer stewardship events. The Program currently coordinates several hundred volunteer events each year conducting tree planting, invasive plant removal, trail work and other enhancements on public lands in the corridor. Volunteer Assistants will be integrally involved in ensuring that we run high quality volunteer events. Tasks include motivating volunteers, ensuring event safety, helping educate the volunteers and ensuring quality work. This position is ideal for someone passionate about environmental stewardship and interested in furthering their outdoor leadership experience.


Reports to: Volunteer Program Coordinator


Responsibilities: The Volunteer Program Volunteer Assistants are responsible for the following:

o Provide extra guidance at volunteer stewardship events, including both environmental restoration and trail work

o Help educate volunteers about the Greenway, environmental stewardship, project work techniques, and safety protocol

o Motivate volunteers while making sure they are following the proper safety guidelines

o Ensure the work being done is of a high quality

o Attend all required trainings


 Familiarity with the Greenway Trust or outdoor volunteer opportunities preferred

 Outdoor leadership experience preferred

 Strong communication and people skills

 Dependability

 Willingness to learn new skills

 Must be able to provide your own transportation to event

 Must attend a mandatory training in late March or early April, prior to the start of your


Work Schedule:

Assist with set up, event leadership, and breakdown at Saturday volunteer events (typically from 8:30am –

4pm). Must be able to commit to 8 Saturdays a year.

Working Location and Conditions:

Project sites are typically along the I-90 corridor from Mercer Island to North Bend, although additional

sites may be in other areas of the Greenway. You will be working outdoors all times of the year, rain or

shine, so expect to work in adverse weather conditions.


 An opportunity to develop your leadership skills as well as hone in on the finer aspects of running

volunteer events

 Learn about trail maintenance and environmental restoration techniques by attending various

trainings throughout the year

 A Volunteer Assistant vest denoting you as a leader at our volunteer

 Special recognition on our website or facebook page

 Other Deals

How to apply:

Please fill out the online application found at . If

you have any questions about the position or application process, you can either e-mail Jeanmarie “Jema”

Hayes at or call 206.812.0122 with your questions. A phone or personal

interview will be required.

Please note that this is an unpaid volunteer position with the Greenway Trust.

About the Greenway Trust:

The Mountains to Sound Greenway connects natural areas, trails, working farms and forests, historic

towns and communities, wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities from Seattle across the Cascade

Mountains to Central Washington. The Greenway provides easy access to recreation and nature for

millions of people in the Northwest, key to the quality of life in this region.

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust leads and inspires action to conserve and enhance this

landscape, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature. Founded in 1991, the Greenway

Trust works to promote public land acquisitions, connect a continuous regional trail system, teach

people of all ages about the importance of conserving forests and wildlife, improve recreation access,

create new parks and trails and mobilize thousands of volunteers.

More information on the Greenway Trust can be found at

*** National Rail-Trail of the month:

Trail of the Month: October 2012
New York’s Erie Canalway Trail

President Thomas Jefferson once said the idea for the Erie Canal was a “little short of madness,” yet when it first opened in 1825, the waterway was deemed the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” It’s no wonder, as constructing a water route spanning the entire state of New York—using nothing but human and animal power—required a staggering feat of engineering. Today, the Erie Canalway Trail, which traces the canal’s route for nearly 365 miles from Buffalo to the state capital in Albany, stands to be one of the longest multi-use trails in the nation when it’s completed.

“The idea for the canal was so huge and successful, it coalesced into this concept of what it means to be American,” says Jean Mackay, director of communications and outreach for the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. “That ‘can do spirit’—a lot of that came together with the building of the Erie Canal.”

A critical component of the waterway was its passage through the Mohawk Valley, a natural break in the mountains that separated the busy Eastern Seaboard with the country’s developing interior. With the Adirondacks to the north and the Catskills to the south, this eastern section of the trail is one of its most picturesque. Rome, one of the valley’s most prominent cities, is where ground was first broken for the canal in 1817. A popular stop here is Fort Stanwix, where you’ll find American Revolution-era costumed guides who provide a glimpse of life in the 18th century.

“Without the canal, New York would not be what it is today,” says Mackay. “Because of the canal, goods, people and information were able to travel west. It opened up the western part of the country.”

For a firsthand look at this engineering marvel in upstate New York, be sure to stop in Lockport, just outside of Buffalo on the western end of the trail. To accommodate the 600-foot elevation change from one end of the canal to the other, dozens of locks were built along the waterway. In the city’s famous “flight of five,” you’ll have the unique opportunity to see one of the few remaining original locks alongside a modern working lock.

Another unforgettable sight is watching one of the lift bridges raise and lower to accommodate the passage of a boat. Many of these low bridges can be found in the central part of the trail in the Rochester area. The bridges, which are just a few feet above the water, required passengers to duck as memorialized in the popular folksong, “Low Bridge, Everybody Down,” written in 1905.

“When you do the trail, it’s a gateway to history,” says Robin Dropkin, executive director for Parks & Trails New York. “You can’t go for more than a couple of miles without encountering a historic site. This was the mother of all canals in this country.”

When the canal was being built, railroads were just coming into vogue. The Mohawk and Hudson, New York’s first railroad, opened in 1831 and ran from Albany to Schenectady. At first, the railroads were seen as competition for the precious canal, so the state’s lawmakers only permitted trains to carry freight during the winter when the canal was closed. But this restriction was soon lifted and, by the late 1800s, trains had clearly won the battle of transportation supremacy. About a third of the Erie Canalway Trail (more than 100 miles) is built on these former railways, largely consisting of the West Shore Line on the trail’s eastern end.

For those interested in learning more of the corridor’s history, two of the many museums along the route are standouts: the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse and the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum east of the city in Chittenango.

In 2000, this richness of historical attractions prompted Congress to formally recognize the Erie Canal as a National Heritage Corridor. More than a decade later, the canal will play an important role in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s newly unveiled “Path Through History” initiative to promote tourism and economic growth in the state.

“The New York canal system generates $380 million a year in direct tourism spending,” says Brian U. Stratton, director of the New York State Canal Corporation, which operates and maintains the trail. “It’s a tremendous economic generator for the communities along the way.”

This fact is not lost on Parks & Trails New York. For the last few years, the organization has run a “Bicyclists Bring Business” program to help encourage the communities along the trail to become more attractive to trail-goers. This year, the organization launched its first economic impact study on the trail that will soon yield data on how the program and other efforts to promote the trail are working.

“The quintessential canal experience is the port communities that have the closest tie to the canal,” says Martin Daley, project director for Parks & Trails New York. “When people think of the canal and the living classroom that it is, that’s what they’re thinking of.”

Other efforts—in fact, the major effort—for the trail is addressing the gaps in the corridor. Although most (75 percent) of the trail is complete, one can’t currently travel the entire route without some exposure to on-road sections. While most of these gaps are easily navigable with distinct signage and road markings, “one of our largest initiatives is to close all the gaps,” says Stratton. “We made great progress over the summer, announcing about 10 miles of gap closures under way.”

The trail, first envisioned in the 1970s, has come a long way, especially with the renewed efforts stemming from the updated New York State Canal Recreationway Plan in 1995. The largest new piece will connect the cities of Amherst and Lockport in western New York to one of the trail’s most heavily used sections to create a continuous off-road trail spanning more than 100 miles. Construction of the eight-mile segment is expected to begin next fall.

Those who want to experience the full trail, but who might feel daunted by such an undertaking, can take heart. The Cycling the Erie Canal bike tour is offered by Parks & Trails New York every summer for all ability levels. This year, about 500 cyclists joined the tour, which lasts eight days, with 35 to 60 miles of riding each day, and tent camping at night.

“I was amazed by the age range,” says Stratton of the bike tour. “The youngest rider was about 8, and the oldest rider was about 82 or 84. There was even a blind rider on the back of a tandem bicycle. They come because of what a living legend the Erie Canal is. ”

But if you can’t wait until next summer to get out there, now is the perfect time to go. The eastern half of the trail, with the Mohawk Valley’s dense woodlands and rolling hills, offers the perfect place for leaf peeping. To plan a visit, you’ll find updated statewide fall foliage reports on the I Love NY website. The western half of the trail is more rural with its cornfields and apple and peach orchards, offering a different yet equally memorable bounty of autumnal beauty.


*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:

1.)  External Affairs Director, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Portland, OR


2.)  Vice President/Executive Director, Audubon New York, New York, NY


3.)  Associate Photo Editor, NWF, Reston, VA


NWF is currently seeking an Associate Photo Editor to be responsible for obtaining and editing high-quality wildlife photos to accompany the text of Ranger Rick Jr. magazine, Ranger Rick Jr. Web site, Ranger Rick Jr. apps, and any other products under the Ranger Rick Jr. brand umbrella.



•Research, procure, and edit photographs from agencies and individual photographers for use in Ranger Rick Jr. magazine, the Ranger Rick Jr. Web site, as well as various Ranger Rick Jr. branded products. More specifically, be responsible for ◦Conceiving and developing compelling stories for Ranger Rick Jr. magazine.

◦Developing photo want lists

◦Working with Editor and Art Director to choose high-quality images that are age appropriate and tell a story

◦Acquiring and managing low- and hi-res files and caption information for all incoming and outgoing photographs

◦Compiling and checking photo credits.

◦Providing production assistant with all necessary information to generate purchase orders and facilitate timely payments.


•Organize and send files to our pre-press vendor. Attend all color sessions. Review all color proofs. Work with NWF quality control person and pre‑press vendor to ensure quality reproduction.

•Build and maintain relationships with high-quality wildlife photographers, agents, and agencies, as well as cultivating new, talented photographers.

•Stay up to date on best practices related to photo management policies, including contractual rights, usage payments, photo handling and storage, and record keeping, and assisting the legal team with negotiating rates for photos used in any Ranger Rick Jr. properties



•Bachelor’s degree in photography, visual arts, digital media or other related field.



•Minimum 2 years experience in nature photography, photo editing and/or working on publications for children.



•Ability to discern and select quality photographs that best support editorial needs

•Good visual eye; knowledge of lighting and composition.

•Ability to create and develop compelling new story concepts

•Team player with proven ability to see deadline oriented projects through to completion.

•Must be highly organized and detailed oriented.

•Ability to work efficiently with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge

•Knowledge of productive photo sources

•Expert knowledge photo reproduction


The ideal candidate will be comfortable working with editors and designers to develop creative editorial material suitable for children ages 4-7.


National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization, passionate about protecting wildlife for our children’s future. NWF offers an excellent benefits package. NWF is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.;jsessionid=647E52C9D714627BA40B07DB1A9DB4BA.NA10_primary_jvm?org=NWF&cws=1&rid=489


4.)  Graphic Designer, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, NY US


5.)  Gorman Chairback Cabins and Lodge Manager, Appalachian Mountain Club, Greenville, Maine


The GCLC Manager is responsible, in coordination with the MWI Facilities Manager and MWI Operations Manager, for year-round operational management, delivery of guest services, risk management and maintenance at this high quality, full service, AMC facility in the Moosehead Lake Region of Maine. The GCLC Manager lives on site as needed in quarters provided at GCLC. The GCLC Manager is the resident host for the GCLC site and is expected to support the delivery of AMC activities, programs and facility services. The GCLC Manager is responsible for the efficiency of GCLC with a specific focus on crew supervision, total guest experience and facility operations. The remote setting of GCLC requires backcountry skills in all seasons and an enthusiasm for living in and sharing a wilderness environment.

Priorities include, supervising crew, maintaining a safe and friendly atmosphere for all guests, fulfilling operational needs, supporting AMC’s programs and the mission of providing responsible outdoor recreation activities, education opportunities and conservation practices.

This position works in close coordination with the Maine Facilities Manager and MWI Operations Manager and in over-lapping support with the GCLC Lodge and Kitchen Crew and MWL Lodge Managers. This is a full time, year round position with benefits.

Responsibilities in collaboration with GCLC Lodge and Kitchen Crew

  • Take the lead      role and supervise all GCLC Crew for the year-round delivery of a warm,      welcoming and safe atmosphere for all guests
  • Supervise, train      and evaluate seasonal and full-time staff based on AMC/GCLC policies
  • Provide friendly      and attentive professional guest services
  • Provide safe      transportation of guests to and from facilities, via company vehicle, as      necessary
  • Create staffing      schedules to provide full coverage and excellent customer service
  • Serve as primary      liaison with AMC Reservation, Sales, Marketing, Development, Programming,      Education and Conservation staff
  • Maintain the      neatness, operations and safety of facility grounds, systems, buildings,      guest areas and kitchen at all times
  • Perform      facility, vehicle, and equipment maintenance as required
  • Carryout or      coordinate facility construction projects using AMC personnel or      contracted services
  • Procure supplies      necessary to support operations using local and regional sources as      availability and budget will allow
  • Oversee and      assist with delivery of wholesome and varied meals within the budget      limits set for GCLC
  • Operate the      facility in compliance with required permits, licenses and standards
  • Implement energy      conservation and environmentally sound practices in daily operations
  • Operate and      maintain off-grid heat and electrical systems; work with local contractors      to troubleshoot problems and improve facility operation as necessary
  • Oversee and      promote appropriate retail sales and rentals, including product selection,      purchasing, inventory and display maintenance
  • Provide      information to visitors and guests about the AMC, local natural and      cultural history, risk management, outdoor recreation opportunities, and      AMC land management practices
  • Maintain      accurate financial records and control routine expenses based on an      approved, annual operating budget
  • Attend off-site      meetings as needed and as GCLC schedules permit
  • Assist in the      development of short and long range plans and operating and capital      budgets
  • Assist in the      development of marketing plans to promote GCLC facilities and programs
  • Read and comply      with all AMC and GCLC policy and procedure in relation to the position and      housing at GCLC
  • Other duties and      responsibilities as assigned


  • Exceptional      customer service skills and outgoing friendly attitude
  • Demonstrated      management ability and experience in facility management, hospitality      services, and/or related activities
  • Ability to      supervise and manage employees to complete a diverse variety of work tasks      and work a non-conventional work schedule
  • Familiarity with      the proper use and maintenance of basic hand and power tools and chainsaw      operation
  • Ability to hike,      paddle, ski, snowshoe and instruct others in these activities as required
  • Ability to      perform work in a remote camp setting and travel safely in the backcountry      in all weather conditions, carrying up to 25 lbs of gear.
  • Ability to      safely operate a snowmobile
  • AMC has zero      tolerance for the abuse of children. Any employee with access to children      will have a criminal record check performed and have references checked      regarding their past work with children
  • Commitment to      the Conservation-Education-Recreation mission of the AMC
  • Valid Wilderness      First Aid certification required (WFR or WEMT preferred)
  • Valid Maine      driver’s license, or the ability to attain within 90 days
  • Ability to use a      computer to send and receive email, and create Microsoft Word and Excel      documents
  • Registration as      a Maine Guide is highly desirable

Send resume and cover letter to: No phone calls.

Benefits of Working With the AMC
The AMC offers a great benefits package! Here is a partial list that highlights some benefits offered for our regular full-time employees. Benefits may vary based on position.

  • Group Health      Plan, 75 percent employer paid.
  • Group Life      Insurance, 100 percent employer paid
  • Long-Term      Disability Insurance, 100 percent employer paid
  • Vacation, four      weeks accrued each year
  • Holidays, 13      paid holidays/year
  • Use of AMC      Facilities, free and discounted rates
  • Free AMC      membership

The Appalachian Mountain Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes diversity in the workplace. Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club is the oldest conservation and recreation organization in the United States. The AMC has 12 Chapters throughout the Northeast and over 100,000 members and activists. The AMC promotes the protection, enjoyment, and wise use of the mountains, rivers and trails of the Appalachian region. The AMC encourages the involvement of all people in its mission and activities, through its membership, programs, policies, and procedures. Our goal is to be a community that is comfortable, inviting, and accessible for people of any age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.


6.)  Publishing Director, AMC Outdoors Magazine, Appalachian Mountain Club, Boston, MA


Summary of Responsibilities


The nonprofit Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) seeks an experienced publisher to lead its print and digital content programs, including its award-winning AMC Outdoors magazine, long-running Appalachia journal, and respected AMC Books publishing program, along with related digital media efforts. AMC’s publishing efforts are a critical part of recruiting and retaining more than 100,000 AMC members, advocates, and supporters in the Northeastern U.S., and expanding the organization’s reach and impact in outdoor recreation, conservation, and education.


The Publishing Director will manage and encourage collaboration among magazine and books staff, while ensuring AMC’s expert outdoor recreation and conservation content supports the organization’s broader online community, social media, advocacy, and constituent and guest acquisition efforts. The Publishing Director will also determine AMC’s direction in the e-book, app, and online delivery areas.


Responsibilities include development and delivery on a print and online editorial calendar and books publishing plan that addresses AMC’s Vision 2020 goals for building a robust and diverse constituency of 500,000 people; getting 500,000 kids outdoors; demonstrating regional conservation leadership on trails, energy, and land protection issues; and realizing the full recreation and conservation potential of its Maine Woods Initiative. The Publishing Director is responsible for meeting advertising, online subscription, distribution, e-book, journal subscription, and licensing revenues goals while managing expenses to budget. The Publishing Director will provide broad editorial oversight for magazine and books publishing, as well as write a Publisher’s Note six times a year for the print magazine.


The Publishing Director is a senior member of AMC’s communications team and reports to the Vice President of Communications and Marketing. This full-time position is based at AMC’s Boston headquarters.

Responsibilities 1.Develop strategy for ongoing content investment and direction on e-books, apps, online communities, and other digital forms of content delivery.

2.Manage overall magazine, books, and online content development budgets.

3.Develop print and online editorial plan for AMC Outdoors, editorial calendar for Kids Outdoors online communities (, and 5-year publishing plan for AMC Books and Maps in print and electronic form, including White Mountain Guide Online (, in support of organizational goals.

4.Oversee content development to ensure the highest quality content in support of AMC conservation, recreation, and outdoor engagement efforts.

5.Oversee licensing, distribution, and advertising sales agreements. Negotiate and approve author contracts.

6.Ensure regular reader, market, and leadership team feedback is incorporated into AMC’s publishing program through quarterly and annual reviews.

7.Manage magazine and books staff, as well as outside vendors including external ad sales and design.

8.Ensure print production meets AMC’s conservation and carbon footprint goals.

Qualifications •Bachelor’s degree in a related field (journalism or English).

•At least seven years of successful experience as a magazine or books editor or publisher, with increasing supervisory experience.

•Experience in development of business plans for print or online publications.

•Superior writing and editorial skills (writing samples will be requested from finalists).

•Proven ability to lead a tight-knit team under intense deadline pressure.

•Strong public-speaking skills.

•Ability to travel throughout the northeastern U.S.

•Familiarity with MS Word, Excel, Photoshop, and InDesign.

•Passion for the conservation and outdoor recreation mission of AMC.


Please submit cover letter, including salary expectations, and resume to: Vice President of Communications and Marketing, Appalachian Mountain Club, 5 Joy Street, Boston, MA 02108, or email to No calls please.

Benefits of Working with the AMC

The AMC offers a great benefits package! Here is a partial list that highlights some benefits offered for our regular full-time employees. Benefits may vary based on position. •Group Health Plan, 75 percent employer paid.

•Group Life Insurance, 100 percent employer paid.

•Long-Term Disability Insurance, 100 percent employer paid.

•Vacation, four weeks accrued each year.

•Holidays, 13 paid holidays/year.

•Use of AMC Facilities, free and discounted rates.

•Free AMC membership.

The Appalachian Mountain Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes diversity in the workplace.


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