Appalachian Trail (A.T.) volunteer coordinators and managers lead the more than 6,000 people who give their time each year to keep the Trail open and help inform more than three million visitors. They play a vital role by driving volunteer programs, providing ongoing support to volunteers, and serving as the main point of contact for volunteers.
Volunteer coordinators’ responsibilities can be broken down into three broad categories:
Retention & Recognition
Recognizing the contributions of volunteers is vital to retention. It helps honor the importance they place on volunteering in the midst of their lives, already full with family, work, or other community commitments.
There's no singular approach to recognition that works for all people. Recognition takes both tangible forms - like pins and caps, as well as intangible forms - like celebrating someone's achievements publicly.
The documents listed below make up a packet of information about dealing with injuries suffered by A.T. volunteer workers. We recommend that a paper copy of this packet be carried by each A.T. volunteer work leader. Volunteers should be familiar with the contents of this packet, and should complete specific local contact information on the instruction sheet before an accident resulting in injury occurs.
Volunteer Injury Packet
Emergency Response Plan Template
PDF, 20.4 KB
Note: Form CA-16 cannot be posted online; clubs can download a CA-16 form by logging in to the volunteer database or by contacting your ATC regional office for this form.
Injuries should also be reported to ATC. Complete the ATC Accident Report Form and send to [email protected] and to your ATC regional office.
ATC ACCIDENT REPORT FORM