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Volunteer Opportunities

 Volunteers are the backbone, heart, soul, mind, and muscle of PATC. With volunteer effort, PATC maintains over 1,000 miles of trails, manages 1,000 acres of land and oversees 60 cabins and shelters. Please volunteer some of your spare time...we need you!
PATC has numerous volunteer opportunities available. There is something available for just about everybody, from maintaining a section of the AT to taking cabins reservations; from helping to organize the club's archives to leading nature hikes. Some volunteer activities will allow you to enjoy solitude on your own section of trail; other activities will allow you to meet and spend time with lots of other like-minded people.
Use the menu links (left) to learn more about the variety of PATC volunteer opportunities.


Shelter Construction Crew
~ Henry Horn ~ 301/498-8254,
Weekday and weekend crew members needed to build the NEW Whiskey Hollow Shelter. Call or email for details. No experience necessary.

Reporting Your Volunteer Hours

Accurate and timely work reporting is essential to our efforts to manage our trail system, as well as our huts, cabins, publications, and headquarters operations. Work reports allow us to determine the amount of labor required by specific tasks, and predict the need for additional volunteers. Our various partners (the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Shenandoah National Park, GW National Forest, and others) use our cumulative work reports to procure funding for their conservation efforts.

The PATC provides an on-line set of work reporting forms that make the process simple and convenient (mailed forms are also welcome). The on-line forms can be accessed via the "Volunteer Menu".  You will need to Log On to use the Trail Work Reporting form.  

New Boots

The PATC thanks the following new volunteers and current overseers taking on additional tasks:

Volunteers Appointed in July 


Jack & Allison Rivetti   Co~overseer               AT ~ snickers gap to spout run
Ann Melle                    Co~overseer               AT ~ Rte. 638 to Denton Shelter 
Ann Melle                    Co~overseer               AT ~ Denton Shelter to Powerline
Bev Carver                  Co~overseer               AT ~ Ivy Creek Hut Trail to Frazier Discovery Trail
Paul Yandura                                                  Tuscarora Trail ~ Gerhard Shelter to Waites Run Road
Julie Morton                                                    Tuscarora Trail ~ Rock Marker to Massanutten Trail
Jerry Gildner                                                   Massanutten South ~ Pitt Spring to Morgan Run Trail
Jerry Gildner                                                   Pitt Spring Lookout
Gary Reed & Jenny Sell                                  Algonquin Trail
Todd & Doina Heinz                                        Oak Ridge Trail
Laurel Heili                                                      Billy Goat A
Rick Werner                                                    Gold Mine Loop Trail 

Volunteers Appointed in June 

Bob Lukens                                                     AT ~ Big Meadows to Fisher's Gap
Eric Geilker                                                     AT ~ Jarman Gap to Summit of Calf Mountain (1.6mi)
Tim Moore                                                       Tuscarora ~ Doll Ridge to Rock Marker
Tim Alley                     Co~overseer               Onemile Run [lower]
Brenda Beard              Co~overseer               Snavely Ford Trail
Brenda Beard              Co~overseer               Snavely/Final Attack Connector Trail
Todd & Doina Heinz                                        Quantico Cascades Trail
Anstr Daidson                                                 PHT ~ Gulf Branch to Pimmit Run
David Abdallah & Jodi Frederiksen                 Matties Run Loop

Next Generation of Trail Overseer