Welcome North Country Trails Volunteer Program Staff of 2012!
We are gearing up for yet another record breaking summer on the trails with teen and adult volunteers. From northern Maine to the US Virgin Islands, AMC Trails Volunteers are out and on the trails.
Read a bit more on the staff leaders and administrative folks you just might be lucky enough to work with this summer. See you on the trails!
Volunteer Programs Manager
This will be my 12th year working with the AMC Trails Volunteer Programs
and I couldn’t be more excited for the 2012 field season. There are so many new
additions to our volunteer programming and staff in an effort to provide an
abundance of exceptional conservation opportunities for youth and adults. I wish all of the staff and volunteers a safe,
enjoyable, and productive summer on the trails!
For more info
on Alex DeLucia, check out the AMC Trails Department Staff post.
North Country Trails Volunteer Programs Supervisor
Volunteers and Staff! I’m very excited to be joining this amazing community.
When I first started working on trails on Mt. Greylock in Massachusetts, I
encountered a couple of AMC trail workers. I remember being in awe, and a
little bit intimated even, by their skills. Now, five years later, I am no
longer intimidated, but still very much in awe of the outstanding work of AMC
volunteers and staff.
I love trail
work, I love trail monitoring and protection, and I love hiking on trails.
Trail work fosters creativity and resourcefulness; it challenges me physically
and mentally, and is immensely gratifying. Monitoring and protecting trails
leaves me with a sense of ownership and investment in these vitally important
natural resources, and just hiking on trails, especially ones I have worked on,
allows to me to enjoy all of the hard work that goes into making trails.
with volunteers is the most rewarding aspect of trail work. I have formed
strong bonds with my fellow Student Conservation Association volunteer interns
that will last me the rest of my life. I continue to be grateful of and quite
impressed with the hard work and engagement from volunteers when working on
trails. Working for the Pacific Crest Trail Association, I felt the passion of
the countless volunteers who dedicated their time and effort to working and
protecting that trail so that countless others could enjoy the PCT.
volunteers, ensuring they have the support and encouragement they need and deserve
to care for our natural areas, is why I love my job, and it is why I look
forward to being a part of the AMC.
myself very lucky to be a member of this community and I look forward to
meeting all of you.
North Country Trails Volunteer Programs Coordinator
This year will be my second season with the AMC,
after getting my feet wet in the Berkshire Trails office, in the same
role. I’m looking forward to getting to
know the White Mountain trails, AMC staff & facilities and of course the
volunteers. I hail from Maine; hold a BA in Audio/Radio and a Grad Certificate
in GIS. The past couple winters I’ve
been out snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, birding, and knitting. When the weather turns warm I enjoy kayaking,
swimming, gardening, and again…birding. I am a Master LNT Educator and most
recently joined Maine’s LNT Steering Committee which is active in promotion and
providing education for Maine’s businesses and organizations.
North Country Trails Volunteer Projects
Hi there. I started at Camp Dodge last
year as a leader of both teen and adult crews, this summer I’m returning as the
Camp Dodge Projects Coordinator; putting crews together, making work site
visits, and shooting video for the web. I come from Fryeburg, ME, went to
college at SMCC and the University of Maine where I studied video production
and parks, recreation, & tourism, respectively. I love the White Mountains
for the alpine flora, the wooded walks into glacial water bodies such as Ethan
Pond, the mountain streams; to experience 4 distinct seasons, and see what each
one has to offer us. On my feet, on xc skis, or in a canoe, the Whites and
Western Maine Mtns. Regions are awesome places to live, work, and play in!
Camp Dodge Facilities Coordinator
is the new Camp Dodge Facilities Manager for 2012. He has been an active AMC
Trails Volunteer, Trails Volunteer Leader, and has helped out on many Camp
Dodge maintenance projects over the past two years. Todd has been a general
contractor for 30 years, building houses throughout the North Country.
Camp Dodge Cook
my name is Nettina Conkey and I am from northern California. I am the cook here
at Camp Dodge in NH. I love to sit under the trees and work on my quilt,
crocheting or to read a good book.
Dodge Camp Crew Staff
all! Kitty here from Lexington Mass. I am so glad to be back at Dodge for the
summer. I worked as a volunteer last year at Dodge and worked in the Berkshires
the year before as a volunteer as well.
This summer I can't wait to work as support staff for Camp Dodge and
help lead weekend activities and trips for the longer crews After this summer I
will embark upon a year off from schooling to explore my interests in organic
farming and conservation work around the globe.
In the following fall I will attend school at the University of Maine
Camp Dodge Camp Crew Staff
had my first experience hiking in the White Mountains on an Outdoors Club trip
in high school. We snowshoed to a hut overlooking Mt. Washington, and it
was beautiful and so much fun! I’m very excited to be spending more time
in this great area working at Camp Dodge this summer. More about my life:
I live in Portland, ME and graduated high school in 2011. I spent the
past year traveling and volunteering--in Guatemala teaching kids art at the NGO
Safe Passage, and in Spain as a “WWOOFer” (World Wide Worker on Organic Farms).
I will go to college (I don’t know yet where) in the fall. I love
to read, eat, hike, ski, and play soccer. This list is not exhaustive.
Get ready for an awesome summer 2012!
Custom Crew Leader/Logistics Staff
a rising sophomore at Bates College in Lewiston Maine, I was born and raised in
Arlington Mass.Having piqued his interest in the outdoors with five years of
summer camp in Vermont.
I first cut my teeth on trail work volunteering for the AMC's Berkshire Teen Trails
Program two years ago. I am excited to return to the AMC working at Camp Dodge
as Custom Crew Leader/Logistics staff for the summer.
North Country Adult Volunteer Vacations Crew Leader/LNT Instructor
one of those kids who got off the school bus and went right in to the woods to
play, it only seems fitting that my career has lead me right back to my passion
– the outdoors.
involvement with AMC began a few years back when I volunteered with AMC
activities on National Trails Day. After a full day of working with people of
all ages, teaching, and learning with others, and of course, being outside, I
was hooked! My involvement with AMC continued as member of the Boston Chapter
executive committee, and as a hiking/backpacking co-leader. I’ve been blessed
with a variety of enriching outdoor opportunities including leadership
development, technical skills training and with the ability to get out and work
with everyone from teens to adults from California to Pennsylvania. I’m stoked
this year to work with the adult population of AMC Trails volunteers and with
our fabulous volunteer leaders.
you on the trail. Peace, love and dirt.
Mountains Teen Trail Crew Leader
All! This is my second season working for the AMC and I’m wicked excited to be
back at Dodge for my third summer, this time leading as a Teen Trail Crew
Leader. I was raised in Temple, NH where I was taught to love nature & good
old hard work. I’m studying Sustainable Agriculture and Ecology &
Environmental Science with a Forest based concentration at the University of
Maine, Orono. I hope to incorporate my love of forests and agriculture to
create healthier economically stable communities that include the land around
us. I see Dodge as a way to share my passion by leading, while learning from
the diverse people who come here. Camp Dodge is a wonderful community and I
hope you’ll come up & volunteer on trail and help pull some weeds in the
to you later.
Mountains Teen Trail Crew Leader
grew up outside Boston, MA and although this is my first summer doing trail
work, I have been hiking the AMC trails since I was little. I like playing
games, flipping pancakes, singing with my banjo, and just generally enjoying
others' company. I'm looking forward to spending a summer outside, working hard
and look forward to seeing all of you at at Camp Dodge!
Mountains Teen Trail Crew Leader
up in coastal Maine instilled in me a lifelong love of nature and the outdoors
so I am excited to be joining AMC in the beautiful White Mountains this
summer. Prior to work with the AMC, I
received degrees in Animal Science and Biology from Cornell University and
completed an honors thesis with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology studying the
song system of Gray Catbirds. The most
defining part of my college experience, however, was working as an instructor,
challenge course facilitator, and gear wizard for Cornell Outdoor Education. Working with COE allowed me to share my
knowledge of the backcountry and my passion for it, and I am excited to have
the opportunity to continue to share that passion at Camp Dodge this summer. My
outdoor interests are numerous and include hiking, backpacking, kayaking, rock
climbing, snowshoeing, skiing, dog sledding, and wildlife watching. I love exploring new places, rediscovering
old favorites, and hearing or reading the stories of people who love the same. I have a hearty appreciation for good
company, good food, and good scenery – all of which I’m sure to find with AMC
Mountains Teen Trail Crew Leader
everyone! This being my first year as a Teen Trail Crew Leader, I can't wait
for summer 2012 to begin! I have volunteered on spike crews for the past three
summers and those crews were some of the best experiences of my life. Now it is
my turn to teach preservation, conservation, and an appreciation for the
environment we are lucky enough to live in. I love being outdoors
doing anything; hiking, climbing, biking, kayaking, or relaxing with a good
book. I was born and raised in West Newbury,
MA but am currently attending Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. The west
is incredible, but I have been away from my home mountains for too long, they
are calling me back. I can't wait to get back to Dodge and start a summer of
learning, teaching, adventuring, meeting, and getting dirty! See you in the
White Mountains Teen Trail Crew Leader
summer will be my first summer as a trail crew leader, but my fourth at Camp
Dodge. Spending increasing amounts of
time doing volunteer trail work, I will bring my experience full circle, leading
the crews that I have enjoyed so much.
I'm excited to be a part of the increasing amounts of programming out of
Dodge and hope to see growth of my own skills as well as those of my fellow
leaders and, of course, the teens.
and raised in Natick, Massachusetts, I have recently completed my first year at
the University of Michigan, studying aerospace engineering. Like a true engineer, I'm drawn to problems
that need solving, which is what trail work is all about: identifying problems
and implementing solutions, though I'll be trading my laptop and calculator for
an axe and rock bar for the remainder of the summer.
summer 2012 and, as always, Go Blue!
Mountains Teen Trail Crew Leader
looking forward for my first year with the AMC up in the Whites. I graduated
from Frostburg State University in 2010 with a Parks and Rec degree and a
concentration in Adventure Sports. Since then I have completed an internship
with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's ATC Lands Program working on their
mapping project. After my internship I scored a job with the ATC as a Boundary
Tech which has had me on the road working on NPS boundary from Rangeley, ME to
Damascus, VA. I have spent equal parts of my life growing up in Chattanooga, TN
and both Eastern and Western MD. While not working with the teen crews, I hope
to get out climbing, biking, swimming and anything else outside. While out, I
enjoy foraging and am always searching for more information about nature. I
love music with a fondness for stringed instruments and a curiosity for the
winds. Can't wait to meet some new folks and pick around in the Whites!!
Mountains Trails Volunteer Leadership Intern
my first season at Camp Dodge and I can’t wait to work for it. I have done
various outdoor expeditions and leadership programs, and love the White
Mountains more than anywhere else in New England. I will be a Trail Volunteer
Intern this summer and can’t wait to spend time in the woods and help teenagers
enjoy it as much as I do. Besides being outdoors and hiking, I love running,
cooking, photography and reading. I love exploring, and have lived in Argentina
and Mexico, as well as visited many parts of the US. I am a Geology-Biology major at Brown
University in Providence, RI, and I love rocks! Looking forward to seeing you
Woods Teen Trail Crew Leader
I was born and raised on the south shore of Lake Ontario. Post Oberlin College
I have been kicking around the country in pursuit of eroded trails and
captivating mountains. I am grateful for the amazing experiences and skills
learned with the California Conservation Corps, the Montana Conservation Corps
and the Randolph Mountain Club. More recently I worked as a therapeutic
recreation guide and yoga teacher at an anxiety treatment facility for
teenagers. After a mild winter spent working on my shot, skiing, ukulele
playing and living out of my car, I am soooo excited to get out this summer and
help the AMC work towards their goal of getting more youth involved outdoors.
Maine Woods Teen Trail Crew Leader
Hello!! I am excited to return to Camp Dodge and the North Maine Woods in
2012! Last year, I led summer volunteer crews in the White Mountains and
then moved to Maine in the fall to work with the AMC professional crew. I
am ready for another great summer of working alongside fun, motivated
volunteers and living on a beautiful pond 100-Mile Wilderness. I have an
undergraduate degree in biology from Oberlin College and a passion for
conservation. Since graduating in 2008, I have traveled around the country
exploring forests, mountains and deserts as a naturalist/educator, adventure
guide, native seed collector, and trail crew member and leader. I got my first
taste of trail work as a volunteer in the Southwest; I loved working on a crew,
getting sweaty and dirty, feeling proud of the projects you accomplish, and
helping the environment. Looking forward to a great summer on the trails in