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Off Season Manager - Ponkapoag

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Ponkapoag - Randolph, MA
$2,760.00 - $2,760.00 Salary/month


SEASONAL DATES: August 28, 2023 – June 23, 2024


Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club ( is the oldest conservation and recreation organization in the United States. The AMC mission is to foster the protection, enjoyment and understanding of the outdoors, with a focus on the mountains, forests, rivers and trails from Washington, DC to Maine. The AMC encourages the involvement of all people in its mission and activities, through its membership, programs, policies, and procedures.


The Ponkapoag Camp Off-Season Manager reports to and works closely with the Executive Committee Chair and assists in all aspects of facility operation located in Randolph, MA. The Manager is responsible for all daily operations and is therefore expected to maintain hospitality and the overall camp management.


This seasonal full-time position is based at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Ponkapoag Camp in Randolph, MA.


Located along the banks of a 230-acre Ponkapoag Pond in the 8,500-acre DCR Blue Hills Reservation, this purposefully rustic camp offers a wilderness experience just 15 minutes from Boston. We are a volunteer-managed camp that is committed to help preserve this critical environmental area and keep the Ponkapoag spirit alive!


What you’ll be doing:

  • Manage day-to-day operations.
  • Required to spend most nights at Ponkapoag.
  • Responsible for the welfare and upkeep of all buildings and grounds.
  • Ensure cleanliness and attractiveness of cabins by conducting cabin inspections between renters.
  • Hold daily office hours (typically 8:30am – 12:00pm).
  • Collect Ponkapoag mail.
  • Plan, post and announce camp events.
  • Monitor and process reservations daily.
  • Clerical duties including guest and camp paperwork.
  • Conduct monthly reporting of guest statistics.
  • Order, maintain and sell camper firewood.
  • Maintain outhouses as needed.
  • Oversee housekeeping inventory and restock purchases.
  • Assist with local marketing and outreach strategies.
  • Perform all additional duties and tasks as assigned.


What we’re looking for:

  • A college degree is preferred; equivalent outdoor education, program and facility management training and experience may be substituted for the college degree.
  • Ability to work a varied schedule and live at Ponkapoag Camp for the off-season.
  • Exceptional public service skills, professionalism, and a commitment to the mission of the Appalachian Mountain Club.
  • Ability to perform basic maintenance tasks.
  • Prior housekeeping and maintenance experience and management required.
  • Knowledge of basic outdoor conservation and recreation.
  • Self-motivated, ability to work effectively with little supervision.
  • Success in performing a variety of duties with careful attention to detail.
  • Ability to work long or abnormal shifts.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Office required.
  • Must be detail oriented and well organized.
  • Must be highly flexible, adaptable, and resourceful.
  • Experience in management, finances, retail and/or hospitality helpful.
  • Knowledge of local trails and the Blue Hills Reservation is helpful.
  • Driver’s license and clean driving record required.
  • Physical Requirements: Ability to stand, sit, bend at waist, carry up to 40 pounds, lift up to 20 pounds from floor level to waist level. The manager will need to be able to climb stairs, walk uneven trail-terrain among facilities spread around the camp and handle temperature extremes in this rustic setting. The manager will need to be able to work at a computer.


Compensation and benefits:

  • Salary Range: $690.00/week (or $2760 per month based on a 4 week month)
  • Onsite housing is provided for manager and family
  • Group Health Plan: 75% employer paid   
  • Optional Vision Insurance                               
  • Optional Dental Insurance     
  • Group Life Insurance: 100% employer paid                
  • Long Term Disability Insurance: 100% employer paid           
  • Matching 403(b): 4% with vesting schedule 
  • Vacation: 4 weeks accrued each year to start 
  • Holidays: Up to 11 paid holidays per year 
  • Free use of AMC Destinations (up to 10 nights per year)
  • Free annual AMC membership 
  • Pro-deal discounts on equipment and gear 


To Apply:


Please include a resume and cover letter. No phone calls please.


AMC welcomes all qualified candidates to apply and we invite the full participation of all individuals currently underrepresented in the outdoor community. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals from racially and/or ethnically diverse communities, individuals with disabilities, individuals from LGBTQ+ communities, and individuals who experience intersectionality with one or more of these identities.

The Appalachian Mountain Club has zero tolerance for child abuse or placing children in danger. The AMC requires all employees who work in a program or facility which serves children, disabled persons, or the elderly to have a criminal background record check performed on their name annually with employment contingent upon satisfactory results.