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Three Kinds of Help Needed

The following work/help/position list references one of three "Term"s based on length of service. 1-day is the shortest, Indefinite the longest, and Fixed-term somewhere in-between (expires at the conclusion of the project).

If interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, please let us know. (Please mention the position name in which you are interested.)


Volunteer Work/Position: Photograph Taker

Experience Required: none

Term: Indefinite

Description: (This is the easiest one.) Send copies of your best photos taken along the BMT to the Publicity Director. They may then appear on the website, in a newspaper, in the BMTA brochure or elsewhere. Credit will be given as "Photo courtesy of yourname" unless otherwise requested. Emailed photos should be at least 200 dpi resolution. Mailed copies should be sent with a SASE if you'd like them returned. (Either format is welcome.)

Contact: Publicity Director


Volunteer Work/Position: Work Trip Leader

Experience Required: lead or co-lead at least one work trip prior

Term: 1-day (or more if a backpack or carcamp)

Description: Target work in cooperation with Section Maintainer or Maintenance Director, either submit a write-up for the newsletter before and a report after the hike or give details to the appropriate Maintenance Director, coordinate any carpool arrangements and provide directions, have goers sign Sign-up Sheet, follow safety guidelines, and work.

Contact: Maintenance Director


Volunteer Work/Position: Hike Leader

Experience Required: none

Term: 1-day (or more if a backpack or carcamp)

Description: Identify and be familiar with the trail, either submit a write-up for the newsletter before and a report after the hike or give details to Hike Coordinator, coordinate any carpool arrangements and provide directions, have goers sign Sign-up Sheet, and walk.

Contact: Hike Coordinator


Volunteer Work/Position: Project Leaders for Road Walk Relocation (6 needed)

Experience Required: none

Term: Fixed-term

Description: Gather information on previous relo work done; develop best options by reviewing land ownership records at county courthouse, coordinate with any local contacts with interface to landowners, contact landowners directly on behalf of the BMTA, and work with Federal agency partners; present options to board for approval; and carry project through to completion.

Contact: President and/or Maintenance Director


Volunteer Work/Position: Section Maintainers (Several needed in BMT-Middle)

Experience Required: none

Term: Indefinite

Description: Adopting a section of trail means keeping it up to standard. This is usually done in 2-4 trips each year. (Allow an average of 12 hours per mile per year when deciding how big a section to take.) Section Maintainers also report if a group trip becomes necessary. Several sections are currently open in TN/NC and five in GA. (See the Trail Conditions page for sections needing adoption.)

Contact: Maintenance Director



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