Regional Trails Coordinator
It's my third Summer in this full time role, and having come from a long line of seasonal dream jobs including Ridgerunning, Caretaking, and Trail Crew Leading in gorgeous locales in Vermont, New Hampshire, The Berkshires, and Yosemite National Park, I've got to say this is the dream job to rule them all. It's been superlatively fulfilling to work with all the talented and energized staff that have come through the program, especially those who have come back for multiple seasons and who have helped take this program to new heights. Perhaps above all, rolling rocks with, cooking burrito feasts with, and high fiving the 100+ teenagers that over the last two years have given 5,000 volunteer hours to the AT and other trails, setting countless rock steps and building dozens of bomber drainages, has been satisfying and inspiring work that I am proud of and motivates me to continue to give all I can to this program and its staff. In my spare time, I like constructing long-winded adjective-laden sentences and procuring an unwieldy collection of records which I share with a handful of folks on my community radio show. I'm looking forward to another great year!
Trail Crew Leader
I’m a native of western mass and I am extremely excited to be finally hitting the trails in my home state. My love for the outdoors began as a child taking long walks with my grandfather in the forest picking wild mushrooms. My adventurous spirit grew as I got older and I headed out west. This is where I began my love for trail work and conservation, in 2005 working with the Western Colorado Conservation Corps. I have also worked with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) leading high school trail crews in California, New Hampshire, and Georgia. When I’m not on the trail I spend my time knitting, running, and when the weather is right, I can be found with my fly rod in hand. This will be my first time working with the AMC and I couldn’t be happier to be part of the Berkshire team. Get ready all you “Rockers” out there, time to get our grunt on and move some rocks!
Hey everyone, I’m Jeffrey. After thru-hiking the A.T. in 2004, and working as a backcountry caretaker for the AMC in the Whites in 2007, I’m excited to be back on the trail this season as a ridgerunner in the Berkshires. I can honestly say that I found working for the AMC previously to be my most meaningful and enjoyable employment to date. The opportunity to work a full season in the beautiful outdoors in a capacity to work towards its conservation is too good to be true.
As a ridgerunner I’m looking forward to connecting with hikers from all different walks of life, having interesting conversations, and just sharing the experience of time well spent in a tranquil and uplifting setting.
Hey! I grew up in Northwest Connecticut but I just finished my junior year at Keene State College in New Hampshire. I am majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Biology. I love hiking, camping and being outdoors! Last summer I spent some time volunteering in Acadia National Park in Maine doing trail work. I had a lot of fun and can’t wait to spend this summer out in the woods!
Hi, I'm Dan. I'm psyched to be a Ridgerunner this summer!
I’m a Bio nerd, and if you ever catch me not botanizing,
or talking someone’s ear off about botanizing, then you might find me hiking, doing trail work, Nordic skiing, playing soccer, traveling, or eating. Botanists have all the anthers!
Anyways, I love lightweight backpacking and making my own gear, although I don’t always use the gear I make. I’ve made countless denatured alcohol stoves, for example. I really think this summer of Ridgerunning will be a unique opportunity to refine these skills because you have time between shifts to learn from your experience. I especially look forward to working with a team of other experienced hikers who might teach me a trick or two!
Life is always better when a tent is your home. See you on the trail.
Trail Crew LeaderRachel Goff
Hey guys! My name is Rachel and I’m studying English and environmental education at Colby College in Maine. I’m counting down the days until I’m done with finals and can begin my first summer working with the AMC in the Berkshires! I look forward to learning about ridgerunning, doing some trail work, and spending as much time as possible outside. Likes: hiking, Motown music, creative writing, and Ultimate Frisbee. Dislikes: mushrooms. See you this summer!
My name is Luke, as I write this I’m procrastinating working on calculus, in the process of wrapping up my second year here at the
On the Help Out
This year we have more crews than ever, and so we needed more staff than ever. Several members of the AMC Berkshire Trails family stepped forward to help out.
Brian was a crew leader back in '08, and in the years since has spent most of his time in Honduras teaching health to local school children. He couldn't make it back for the full season this year, but he came in the clutch to lead four consecutive weeks of crew in July and August. We are grateful to have his patience, work ethic, and commitment to our youth participants back in the program.
Labels: Berkshire Teen Trail Crew