Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust


The mission of the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust, a non-profit corporation, is to preserve and protect land surrounding the Appalachian Trail in Maine for public benefit. MATLT was formed in June 2002 as an independent land trust for the purpose of acquiring and protecting the land surrounding the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) in Maine for public benefit. This effort includes protecting entire tracts that contribute to the view shed and experience of the A.T.  The A.T. spans approximately 281 miles in Maine through some of the most remote terrain along the entire length of the trail. MATLT’s current conservation focus is the 203,400 acres roughly bounded by the communities of Rangeley, Phillips, Kingfield and Stratton and looks forward to developing similar areas of conservation focus in conjunction with conservation partners. 
MATLT is seeking an Executive Director to lead the organization. This position is designed to grow with the organization.
Core Responsibilities
  • Provide leadership to fulfill MATLT’s mission and guide implementation of Strategic Plan.
  • Be the public face for MATLT and its primary spokesperson in interfacing with municipalities, individuals, conservation community and State and Federal partners.
  • Work collaboratively with the board of directors with their fundraising efforts including grant writing, grant administration, individual and business campaigns, and direct donor solicitation.
  •  Manage data on MATLT membership.
  • Complete administrative and financial tasks to keep the organization in good standing.
  • Develop Annual Operating Budget and Annual Work Plan.
  • Attend regularly scheduled evening board and committee meetings; facilitate committees.
  • Provide support as needed for new property acquisitions.
  • Manage communications for greater community engagement.
  • Develop and manage MATLT spatial data on existing and planned projects.
 Preferred Skills and Experience
  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college in land use planning, non-profit management, business, management, natural resources, or a related field.
  • Strong writing ability for grants, reports, and correspondence.
  •  Strong public speaking ability for community presentations and meetings.
  • Self-directed; able to work independently with limited supervision.
  • Experience with Social Media and Marketing.
  • Knowledge of local, regional and state land conservation issues.
  • Familiarity/experience with the philanthropic community of the Greater Portland Area.
  • Familiarity with the Appalachian Trail.
  • Proficiency with ARC GIS mapping software.
  • 2 – 4 years of relevant experience.
MATLT will provide competitive compensation to the successful Executive Director candidate based on demonstrated performance and qualifications.
Please send cover letter and resume by January 15, 2014 to:
Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust
PO Box 761
Portland, ME 04104-0761
Attn: Search Committee


Saturday, June 1, Field Trip: High Elevation Plants and Birds on Mount Abraham

If you are curious about Mount Abraham's high elevation birds and plants this field trip is an opportunity for just that. Peter McKinley is a biologist with the Wilderness Society with a research background including songbird and landscape conservation and serves as a MATLT board member.

On Saturday, June 1 he will lead a walk that will start low and wind its way up to the Mount Abraham ridgeline. We hope to catch the warbler migration, understory forest wild flowers, and the first blush of alpine wild flowers. If we are lucky Bicknell's thrushes, Blackpoll warblers, and many others will be calling, and Pete is expert with both eyes and ears.

We will meet at 7 AM at Lloyd Griscom’s ‘Red House’ on the East Madrid Road. The East Madrid Rd is the 2nd LEFT off 142 after you have crossed the Sandy going north out of Phillips. It is marked by a big Manzer Hot mix sign. Lloyd’s house, #658, is just after the bridge over Perham stream and after white farm house with blue trim.
This will be an all day, strenuous hike, and group size will be limited to 12. Please contact Steve Bien 897 5215, to sign up or for information.