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We depend on Volunteers to support  everything we do.....1000+ miles of trails we maintain, 80+ cabins & shelters, maps & guidebooks, training classes, and the hiking  experiences we lead.  All volunteers are welcome of any age or backgrounds. No previous experience is necessary - just a desire to work hard & have a great time giving back to preserve our footpaths. Enthusiasm, good health, physical vigor, and adaptability are vital. Willingness to follow instructions and safety rules and to share equally in tasks are essential.    No matter your age or skill, your help is needed.

Volunteers Needed

Trail Maintenance
PATC sponsors a number of trail crews which are organized geographically within our territory.  If you are outside the DC area, many of the trails crews are also associated with one of our Chapters.   Basic trail work includes keeping the footpath clear by managing natural overgrowth, removing obstacles from the tread, controlling erosion, and ensuring that blazes and signage are clear and obvious.   Crews also tackle larger trail tasks like building or maintaining foot bridges, building and relocating sections of the footpath or caring for overnight sites.
Requirements:  No prior experience required; we will train on the job, just bring your enthusiasm & desire to give-back 
To Volunteer:    Choose the best location for you & click on the Trail Crew to email the crew leader

MD Battlefield Park
Shenandoah North
Shenandoah Central
Shenandoah South           
  Trail Crew
Yankee Clippers
South Mountaineers 
Old Line Crew
Blue and White Crew 
Flying Mcleods   
Great North Mountain
DC Metro            
Wolf Trap
Prince William Forest Park 
    Trail Crew
Stonewall Brigade

Rock Creek Filibusters                
Wolf Trap Trail Performers          
Spooky Beavers 
Cadillac Crew
Acme Treadway Company

You can also join one of our 
Week long Work Crews

New Boots

Volunteers Appointed in January


Robert Fina                                         District Manager for the Bull Run-Occaquan Trail

Dee Utz                                               PA Tuscarora ~ Shelter to Hemlock Road

Tom Reed                                           Hell's Hell, Blue, & Yellow Trail

Deb Coleman                                      Catoctin Trail ~ N. Crossing Catoctin Hollow Rd. to Cat Rock Trail

Scott Schroth                                      AT ~ Big Meadows Amphitheater to Tanners Ridge Rd.

Eric Eldridge                                      AT ~ Bearfence Hut Trail to Lewis Mt. Trail 

Thomas Varney                                  Rockytop Trail  [upper]

John Stacy                                          BROT ~ Popes Head Creek to Hemlock Overlook Fire Rd. 1.5

John Stacy      Co- Overseer               BROT ~ Bull Run Marina to Trail intersection at mile 4.7 

Ryan Moler      Co- Overseer             BROT ~ Bull Run Marina to Trail intersection at mile 4.7 

Devin Hochhausler                             Wesley Heights Trail

Julie Masal                                         Berma Road

Aaron & Jennifer Condon                  Overlook Spur Trail & Omstead Island Bridges

Mike Hendrick                                   Spotsylvania History Loop

Volunteers Appointed in December


Meredith Matczak                             Co-District Manager  ~ Antietam National Battlefield Park.

Barb Nash                                          Co-Overseer ~ Valley Trail  & Angler Spur Trail

Emeline Otey                                     Co-Overseer ~ Valley Trail  & Angler Spur Trail

Volunteers Appointed in November


Adam & Christine Anderson              AT ~ Ivy Creek Overlook to Ivy Creek Hut Trail (2.10 mi)

Paul Dickens                                       Lewis Peak Trail and Lewis Peak Summit Trail

Emeline Otey                                      Co~Overseer ~  River Trail [C&O]

Doug Dembling                                   Battery Kemble Trail



Hike Leaders
Trail Patrol offers a hike leader class for hikers who are learning new skills as well as formal hike leaders of outing groups who are updating their group leadership skills. The course provides essential skills for leading safe, environmentally responsible, and enjoyable hikes. We cover how to handle backcountry medical emergencies, leadership development, trip planning, standard procedures, emergency procedures, gear and clothing, map reading and navigation, and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. The training includes lectures with hands-on applications and trail-based scenarios. The course is open to all levels, from novice to experienced hikers.

Requirements:     Attend Hike Leadership class, fee may be required
To Volunteer:       Register for Hike Leadership at Our Calendar
                              or contact the Hike Leader Chair  

Trail Patrol
Trail Patrol volunteers hike in the Maryland, Virginia, southern Pennsylvania, eastern West Virginia, and D.C. region offering assistance and information to hikers and backpackers, helping  fellow hikers understand how to enjoy the outdoors in a safe and responsible manner.   Additionally, they report trail conditions to the volunteer Trail Crews who maintain the region’s trails.

Attend the Trail Patrol training class
Trail Patrol Web Site and Class Information:  Click Here
To Volunteer:     Send an email to the Trail Patrol training leader   

Cabin & Shelter Maintenance
The 80+ cabins & shelters which PATC maintains in the Mid-Atlantic area require regular maintenance & upkeep.   Each cabin or shelter has an Overseer who provides direct support, however for larger jobs, more hands are needed.   The Cabin and Shelter Crews work with the Overseer on larger projects including renovation and major rehabilitation.  

  No training required....just enthusiasm & desire to give-back 
To Volunteer:   Cabins: Visit our Cabin Construction and Maintenance page or email the Cabin Coordinator. Shelters: email the Shelter Maintenance Coordinator to connect with volunteer projects in your area

Youth & Scout Experiences
There are always projects and/or activities underway involving youth or Scout experiences in nature.   

Requirements:  No training required....just enthusiasm & desire to give-back 
To Volunteer:   Email the Youth/Scout Experience Chair
More Opportunities
They are many more opportunities to Volunteer .....some requiring experience with PATC like phone answering at PATC HQ office in Vienna, VA or publishing guidebooks, the newsletter or maps and many more.   Since this is a 100% volunteer organization, we also need & appreciate good volunteers.   See even more opportunities and contacts.