Alpine Stewards

Help Protect the Alpine Ecosystem

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To receive an application to become an Alpine Steward, please contact the Outdoor Program Centers Volunteer Coordinator at

Protecting White Mountain Alpine Vegetation 

The joint U.S. Forest Service (USFS)/Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Alpine Stewardship Volunteer program started in 2000, sparked by the dedicated interest of a few individuals. Today the program has developed new partnerships with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and expanded its efforts to include both Franconia Ridge and the Mt. Washington summit.  

The AMC, USFS, and ATC hope to increase the public's awareness of its impact on the alpine environment and educate visitors about preservation of alpine vegetation. The volunteer Alpine Stewards address topics such as the importance of staying on the trail, prevention of "summit sprawl," Leave No Trace ethics, alpine safety and low-impact trail tending. While on the trail, mostly on weekends, Stewards respond to questions or concerns of hikers and engage visitors in a friendly, educational manner. 

Alpine Steward Qualities 

Individuals interested in applying should:  

  • Have a friendly, outgoing, professional manner, in addition to experience working with the public in a recreational setting.

  • Have extensive hiking experience and an understanding of AMC and the White Mountain National Forest.

  • Are committed to the protection of the alpine zone and the promotion of Leave No Trace ethics.

  • Have comfort in approaching individuals to provide educational conservation and safety information.

  • Hold a current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification;or are willing to be certified.

  • Can provide coverage at least two weekends per year.

  • Can attend the annual training held one weekend in the spring.

  • Are AMC members.

In addition, Alpine Stewards also:

  • Demonstrate appropriate alpine zone behavior and Leave No Trace ethics and approach hikers to provide education on these matters as well as ecology, Forest Service backcountry camping regulations, and low-impact trail tending.

  • Provide information to visitors about safety concerns, particularly regarding weather.

  • Participate in the AMC Mountain Watch Program's ozone and visibility study.


Partners provide the following support for alpine stewards:  

  • Room and board on the weekends they serve at Greenleaf hut and Camp Dodge.

  • Gear and uniform to use while working. Annual training opportunities.

  • Recognition for their efforts through Stewardship Society awards, based on the number of hours contributed annually.

Brendan Taylor 

North Country Trails Volunteer Programs Supervisor

P.O. Box 298 361 Rte 16 Gorham, NH 03581 

Phone: (603)466-8128

How to Apply

The Alpine Stewardship Volunteer Program is small but we are always interested in receiving applications in the event of an opening For more information, Please email us and be sure to include a brief description of why you are interested in the program. We will forward you a brochure and an application.


To receive an application to become an Alpine Steward, please contact the Outdoor Program Centers Volunteer Coordinator at

Please contact the Programs Administrative Supervisor to discuss further details and once the project is finalized, we will send you a packet that contains information to help you be fully prepared for your trails project. The registration packet will also contain forms that each participant must complete and return before the start of the crew. It works best to have them returned to the Group Leader(s) and then submitted to the AMC all at once. Confirmation of your project will be emailed upon receipt of all paperwork.

Alison Violette

Trails Volunteer Programs Administrative Supervisor

P.O. Box 298 Gorham, NH 03581

Phone:(603) 466-8156 Fax: (603) 466-2822