Appalachian Trail Conservancy

ATC Mulch Coordinator (TN)

Posted: August 06, 2019
Location: Gatlinburg, TN
Time Commitment: TBD


Mulch is an integral part of privy etiquette and provides hikers with a sanitary means of composting human waste. Privies support the third Leave No Trace Principle, disposing of waste properly by packing out what you pack in. While some land managers request hikers to pack out their own poo, the trail maintaining clubs of the A.T. provide hikers with privies to lighten their load and concentrate human impact in a sustainable way.

  • Spend a few hours bagging 20-30 bags of mulch at least 4 times between March and October at the Elkmont storage site using a shovel, pitchfork and wheelbarrow.
  • Review Ridge Runner reports to determine if mulch is needed at either the Double Spring, Mt. Collins, Icewater shelters.
  • Coordinate pre-existing and experienced mulch teams in their deliveries to shelters.
  • Primary point of contact for the March Consortium, an annual group of ~20 college students volunteer for a one day trip to bring mulch to shelters. This is a full one day commitment with prior mulch preparations required.
  • Lead a mulch trip on the first Saturday of August.
  • Monitor mulch supply at Elkmont and notify the National Park if more is needed.
  • Assist and guide trail-rider/equestrian assistance to the Cosby, Pecks and Tricorner shelters.
  • Occasionally hikes mulch to shelters when needed.

Required Qualifications

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Detail oriented.
  • Clear communication.
  • Leadership skills

Physical Demands:

  • Capable of lifting at least 25 lbs.
  • (Preferred) Capable of hiking over tough terrain, covering varying distances and challenging weather conditions, while carrying a 25 lb. backpack.

Application Process

Contact Diane Petrilla at

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